I gave Olena, my host mom, this doll while living with her. Before coming to Ukraine I had a business making Peaceful Hearts Dolls - inside each one is the message "When my heart is at peace, the world is at peace" is wrapped around a little heart....
Host community friends; Traditional dress; Celebrations
This is my best friend in the village dressing me in traditional Turkish costume for a wedding. It was taken in March 2010 in my Bulgarian village which is almost completely inhabited by Turkish Bulgarians.
Taken in March 2010 in Bulgaria. This is Sevgi, and she is holding the two eggs she just dyed in preparation for Easter. Although the village is primarily Muslim, people there appreciate and sometimes participate in Christian holidays.