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What buttons can tell you about Italian society

When I was a child, one of my favourite pastimes was playing with my grandma’s button tin. Over the years she had collected hundreds of buttons, and I used to tip them out onto the carpet and spend hours arranging and admiring them.

Giorgio Galavotti, founder, owner and curator of the Museo del Bottone (Button museum), has spent a lifetime playing with buttons. For years he ran a button shop, setting up the museum when he retired, so he could share his passion with others. The buttons on display are mostly from the shop, as well as buttons brought along by friends and locals who raided their own button tins after he opened the museum. When I ask Giorgio if he has favourites he looks a bit schocked. “They are all my children” he says.

I learn that my grandma’s button tin was not unique “every house had one, and it’s a classic childhood story, playing with the button tin”


August 29, 2012 1 comment

Truly Bulgaria

Great places in Bulgaria is written by Katya, with the aim of providing “a truthful source of information about alternative travel opportunities in Bulgaria.”

If you’re planning a trip to Bulgaria this site could be useful – it’s full of suggestions on out of the way places to visit as well as practical tips for first time visitors. You can also read something about Bulgarian customs, such as this unusual way to celebrate New Year.

Katya in Bulgaria

We asked Katya some questions about Bulgaria, blogging and studying abroad (she has previously studied in the USA).

To start, please tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a student, a blogger, a wife, a sister, a daughter, employee and …. I think that’s pretty much it:)

Why did you start your blog and why this topic?

I started the blog out of pure desperation. I was in a bad period – I had quit my job, my plans for business fell apart, I did not know what I wanted to do. I figured I had lots of pictures and stories from all the places I have visited and I can put them together into something useful. I found out that there was not enough information in English about the travel opportunities in Bulgaria. There are tons of websites selling property or tourist packages, but no quality travel information.

In your opinion what are the top three places to visit in Bulgaria?

Number one – Rilla Mount Lakes; number two – the village of Trigrad and its caves; number three – the old town of Sozopol at the seaside.

What’s the best thing about living in Bulgaria?

The fact that it is a small piece of land but you have everything there – the mountains and the sea, the lakes, the rivers, the rocks, the caves. Also the people – most of them still haven’t fallen victim to the “glits and greeds” of the commercial spirit.

When you were studying abroad what did you miss from home?

I missed it all, but that does not mean I didn’t enjoy the US. On the contrary I loved it!

What did you like about the USA?

I had a great time in the US! I traveled a lot and experienced a lot. I love the variety of the US in every possible respect: nature, food, environment, people, entertainment, culture – you name it! Sometimes more than one can handle :)

Read more:
Romanian blogs on Blogs of the World
World travel bloggers and Lonely Planet
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May 20, 2010 2 comments

Local travel: choice of accommodation or state of mind?

At PocketCultures we’re very pleased to be a partner of the newly launched Local Travel Movement. The interest this initiative has attracted, even before launch, is a good indication that local travel is a growing and global trend, albeit one still in its defining stages.

Local Travel and PocketCulturesFor now it’s defined around a loose set of values which the movement aims to promote. But the discussion continues, for example with this debate on couchsurfing and local travel.

Vicky Baker, who writes Going local travel, made a thoughtful response to the question of whether couchsurfing is bad for locals. Her conclusion: it depends how you approach it.


April 9, 2010 5 comments