20 April 2017 text Natalia Ivanova photo Grigor Atanassov
"I did not even unpack my bags at the beginning," Sylvia Atanasova recalls when we talk about her first two weeks in Ningbo, a "small" port city with a population of six million where she goes to study a master's degree. On the connection China-Bulgaria in Skype, we now understand two important things: for five years there, she has removed all her worries from the suitcase, and the country has got deeply under her skin - from the melody of the language to the nuances of the culture that we see from outside.
So today, when she comes to Sofia more often, she decides to make a course - for those who already count the days until their departure, and for those like us who say "really?!" after every second sentence. Getting to know the Chinese language and culture with Sylvia goes to interactive exercises (no, hieroglyphs are not that terrible), advice on awkward situations and life stories from China, some of which we have also been able to record.