Paul and Helen have had quite an incredible journey together, and in this short section, they are accompanied by the watchful Ranov as they tour Bulgaria and interact with Stoichev to learn more about the monks who have written about the transport of an incredible treasure, that could be Vlad Tepes' body or his head, and the hope that the two are reunited. I was also incredibly saddened to hear about the "amnesia" that Professor Rossi also experienced, separating him from Helen's mother forever.
- We're getting closer to the truth...Last week, the general response was that it seemed to be a much slower point than the other sections. What do you think of the story's momentum thus far in this week's section?
- What has jumped out at you that you'd like to discuss with the group?
|Kiril and Methodii, painted by Stanislav Dospavski|
"If my first glimpse of Stoichev's house had filled me with sudden hopelessness, my first glimpse of Rila Monastery filled me with awe. The monastery sat in a dramatically deep valley -- almost filling it, at that point -- and above its walls and domes rose the Rila Mountains, which are very steep and forested with tall spruces." (Ch. 61)
|Rila Monastery, from An American in Bulgaria|
|Rila Monastery Courtyard, striped walls|
|Hrelyo's Tower, photo by Bojidar Hinkov|
|Ruins of Sveti Georgi|
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