Republic-matryoshka you in the womb of Moldova

Post-war reality, fraternal friendship with Moscow and brandy in Tiraspol, the capital of the unrecognized Transnistria

Milena Dimitrova
Exclusively for “Sega”

The world does not care and does not want to know about the fratricidal feud tearing appart a nation in Europe.
It was just its luck to live on the border between two former empires. The Moldovians establish their state in the XIV century, in spite of the flowering of the Ottoman Empire, while a significant proportion of the population still is not at peace with the fall of the Soviet Union. Tiraspol, capital of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic (PMR), which is something like a state within a state of Moldova, lives under the motto “Our strength is in unity with Moscow”. The slogan is on the facade of the Palace of children and youth in the central square, to the left is the monument to Suvorov, and opposite – a tank. Yes, a tank parked on the banks of the river Dniester, a reminder of the bloodshed in 1992, which led to the containment of the Transnistrian Republic within Moldova, east of the Dniester.

Skiers and sailors reach Ushuaia, the world at the end

Cold and wind chill the Tierra del Fuego in August

Milena Dimitrova del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina

In Ushuaia, first came to prison. As a joke – but in prison, and the most distant – at the opposite end of the earth. Cells, cold corridors, chains and leg cannonballs in the deafening accompaniment of an orchestra like in war films – where did you bring me, God? I went on an official celebration for extreme skiers and tourists in the last city in the world of the southern hemisphere, only 600 miles before Antarctica.

Skiing in Africa at 3,265 meters in Morocco

  Marrakech-Sofia

Milena Dimitrova

Especially for magazine “Theme”

The bus broke in the middle of rocky desert, while we were climbing the steep curves in southern Morocco. The smoke choked us, the smell of grease and broken vertebrae from the engine filled the air- 16 journalists from the USA, Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, Romania, Ireland, Macedonia, Switzerland, were dumped on the road to the city of Ouarzazate, known as the Door to Sahara. This company was just part of over 200 journalists from 33 countries, brought close by their common hobby-winter sports and the exotic opportunity to ski in Africa. In Morocco, 80 km from Marrakech there’s enough real white snow up high, even though during the day the temperature rises up to about 20 degrees. February. Africa!

Vienna belongs to Beethoven, not only to Mozart

Goodbye and love each other, wrote in his will, the genius composer, deaf, suffering and lonely

Milena Dimitrova,

Vienna

Young men dressed as Louis XIV – with wigs, tailcoats, colorful socks and shoes with buckles intercept you at the center of Vienna and do not leave you alone until you buy a ticket for a concert of works by Mozart. And the orchestra is dressed as if from two centuries ago, but against 30 more euro they will serve you a tourist dinner in the same classic style.
Although Mozart is born in Salzburg, Vienna occupied his music. Chocolates and liqueur with the image of the virtuoso bombard you everywhere and you can not help but try them as there is no way not to connect Vienna with music. Because of the waltzes by Johann Strauss, and especially because of Mozart. Even the pharmacy “Golden Apple” where Salieri had bought the poison for the young composer is still open.
Vienna, however, keeps the heritage of an other geniuss of classical music – Ludwig van Beethoven. Three periods of his work happened in Vienna.
First, the father sent his gifted son “to study with Mozart” in Vienna. Historians claim that Beethoven and Mozart met, but the author of “The Magic Flute” had no time for lessons. Beethoven more often communicated with Joseph Haydn, and even with Salieri in Vienna.
Here Beethoven wrote “Eurika.”

Alberta

I rarely exaggerate, but Canada, and especially its western province of Alberta, impressed me to the point, at which compliments sound banal. Yes, I was younger so to say, I emigrated there. Actually, I feel young enough, and found, that there is no exaggeration in the ad that the Canadian Rockies are one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I understood why the 7600 residents of Banff (for me it is like Monte Carlo or Karlovy Vary in North America) calmly welcome three million visitors a year, why the Queen of England comes to rest in Jasper and why some biographers believe here was the last place where Marilyn Monroe felt really happy. A minor detail of the landscape is that Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones with their two children, even Robin Williams, Alec Baldwin, Brooke Shields, Brad Pitt and dozens of Hollywood celebrities come skiing namely here.