Bulgarian fortunetelling has a new eco-friendly upgrade: Nowadays coffee by the Black Sea is served with sugar packets on which your fortune is told... Brown sugar? 'Crazy night ahead'. White sugar? 'Luck' Which one to choose? Probably a little bit of this, a little bit of that. "Crazy night ahead? You certainly will need some good luck.' Commented a friend.*
Other good news: the young generations of Bulgarians does not, I repeat DOES NOT speak Russian. Hasta la vista baby. Hence, most beach bars and restaurants employ young Ukranians to communicate with the Moldovans, Uzbeks and others who for some reason still think that it is a good idea to try to get along with Russian.
Having said that I have to mention that when I needed information to get an in-between-towns shuttle, a Russian lady was most helpful and polite. She spoke Russian, I Bulgarian and all was understood. Else to speak, why impose a particular language when enough general knowledge and education from both sides is enough for good communication? Just as Arabs do: You speak Egyptian, I speak Iraqi and all is understood... when there is a will there is a way. Where there are intelligent people our world today feels like Babylon before the destruction of the Tower. Easy. It feels like home.
There is a good educational idea: at school we should give a year of study of each of our neighbours' languages.
Thus in Bulgarian school: one year of Macedonian should be learned first, as a sort of archaic Bulgaria, closest and easiest to learn. Next a year of Russian, as in the same linguistic group, the a year of Romanian, to introduce a Latin language, than a year of Greek and at the fifth a year Turkish. That should be mandatory. Paralely, second and third languages options should be available.
Iraqi's should learn Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, Aramaic and Coptic for luxury. British: Fish and Squid language with bonus Code, Mackrell and Eal dialects. All of the Pie and Mash linguistic group.
Russians: Stick and Club language of the Степ и Тайга familly. In vast, rapidly depoplating Russia it would be far more likely for a Russian to have to talk to a pinetree than to another human being, let alone foreigner. Yet, the chicken-leg abilities of this nation are to be considered too: Russians can only speak Russian in Bulgaria, Georgia and other countries in the vicinity; yet chicken-leggedly become Englishabled once having crossed the Channel. Mystery, O, chicken-legged mystery.
Conclusion: understanding and speaking OTHER languages is civilisation. The opposite is not.
* In the past twenty years or so, coffee in Bulgaria came with thin divination paper scrolls held by tiny plastic rings. The durably precarious climate in Bulgaria required such a routine daily national ritual. Which now is the time, I should think, to be passed unto the wider world based on the following logic:
The closer geographically a country is to the USSR the more it needs regullar tiny divination scrolls fixes. Since the USSR managed to export itself all around the world....