"PRESENT PAST"

Memory Book

 Memory holder: Bilhen Sali
Location: Malko Vranovo village, Ruse region
Year: 2001 
Memory: Here I'm in the street in front of my grandparents' house. I don't remember much from this stage of my life. I was only two-and-a-half years old after all... I was just about to start kindergarten and my grandpa bought me these new clothes. I remember that hat. It's still somewhere in the wardrobe with the old clothes.
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Memory holder: Bilhen Sali
Location: Malko Vranovo village, Ruse Region
Year: 2003
Memory: This is from the earliest clear memories I have. I'm four years here. It's early spring and my grandparents are washing our carpets (that's why the road behind me is wet). I'm holding one of my first balls - my favorite. It was pretty light but still I loved playing football with it... or at least I tried.
Memory holder: Bilhen Sali
Location: Malko Vranovo village, Ruse Region
Year: 2004
Memory: I love this photo. I was only five but I already felt as a young lady. This was the first time my sister put make-up on me. I decided to dress up in my newest clothes and pose for some photos. It turned out to be a whole photo shoot. I guess I truly love posing for photographs since then.
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Memory holder: Elvira Banova
Location: City of Ruse 
Year: 2006
Memory: Haha, sometimes I can't believe I was that little. This photo is made in the yard of my first school - "Yordan Yovkov". I'm six and this is my first day of school. I remember It was a really sunny day and I couldn't even look properly at the camera. I was excited. Also a little bit scared.
Memory holder: Petar Hristakiev
Location: City of Ruse 
Year: 2001
Memory: Do you see that pouty child on the right? That's me. The man holding me is my father and the other child - my sister. Apparently, she was the lucky one to have the fancy hair color. We are sitting on the big fountain in front of the Justice Court during summer time. I remember I loved summers. I still do.
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Memory holder: Petar Hristakiev
Location: City of Ruse 
Year: 2001
Memory: Do you see that happy child? This time that's me. I'm around two here and I'm happy because my mom brought me and my sister out for a lunch at McDonalds. I remember It was a real attraction in our town back then. Later it went bankrupt, unfortunately.
Memory holder: Simona Hristova
Location: City of Ruse 
Year: 2000
Memory: To be honest, I don't remember anything here. I'm only eight months. This is my father and we are sitting on the fountain in front of the Municipality. Behind us you could see the Statue of Liberty and the Justice Court. My parents say I was overall a calm child but had my temper. Some things never change.
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Memory holder: Simona Hristova
Location: City of Ruse 
Year: 2001
Memory: This is the two-year-old version of me with my mother. We were walking down the City Center's main street when my father took our photo. I remember how much I loved those overalls you can see on me. Even when I barely fit in them, I continued wearing them until it was impossible.
Memory holder: Anelia Angelova
Location: Malko Vranovo village, Ruse Region 
Year: 1984
Memory: This is me (on the left) and one of my best friends - Gyuleyuz Hyusein.We are in middle school here, I'm around 12 and she is 14. This bench is in front of my neighbors' house and although it's right next to my house's one, we preferred this bench for no apparent reason. We would sit and chit chat there for hours on end. I miss those conversation sometimes.
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Memory holder: Gyuleryuz Hyusein
Location: City of Ruse 
Year: 1986
Memory: Here, I'm in high school, around 16 years old. The fountain behind me is called 'The Boy with the Hydra' but I never got to know why. Plus, I didn't care much about such things then. I cared about showing my brand new jeans. You have no idea how difficult it was to get hold of jeans. It was like today's drug dealing - you meet with the seller on the road, trying to estimate with eyes the size of the jeans, pay and pray It was a good decision. Those decisions seemed to me the hardest ones back then.