Rousse and Romania: distant neighbours

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The Bridge of Friendship at Rousse-Giurgiu (photo: Yavor Michev)

The connections between the two banks of the river Danube are hindered by the difficult crossing of  the Bridge of Friendship and the lack of initiative

Martin Dimitrov

This article was published on 2 April 2019 on the site of the Bulgarian newspaper “The Capital”. It is republished here with permission by the author.

Two hours. That is how much it takes sometimes for Ralitsa Popova, accountant in a Bulgarian company with an office in Bucharest, to pass the Bridge of Friendship between Rousse and Giurgiu. Had it not been for this delay, she could pass the 75 km distance between her home and the office in the Romanian capital for around an hour and 15 minutes – as she did in calmer days. “You can imagine what does it look like in the summer, when it is packed with trucks and the temperature is 40 degrees”, she says. The same amount of time is spent by a lot of people in Sofia to reach work or to return home from their jobs. Consequently, it should not be an exception to work in Bucharest, but to live in Rousse, if the bridge could be passed faster. But Popova is one of the few, who have chosen to live in their birth city and work in the Romanian capital.

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Ruse şi România: vecinii îndepartaţi

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Podul Prieteniei la Ruse-Giurgiu (foto: Iavor Micev)

Legăturile între ambele maluri ale Dunării sunt împiedicate de traficul aglomerat pe Podul Prieteniei şi de lipsa de iniţiativă

Martin Dimitrov

Acest articol a fost publicat pe 2 aprilie 2019 pe site-ul ziarului bulgăresc Capital. Articolul este preluat aici cu acordul autorului şi cu modificări minime.

Două ore. Atât lua uneori Raliţei Popova, contabil într-o companie bulgărească cu sediul la Bucureşti, pentru a trece Podul Prieteniei între Ruse şi Giurgiu. Dacă n-ar fi existat această întârziere ea ar fi parcurs cei 75 de kilometri între casa sa la Ruse şi sediul din capitala românească pentru aproape o oră şi 15 minute. Atât a făcut în zile mai liniştite. ”Îţi poţi imagina cum este vara, când traficul este ingreunat de camioane şi afară este 40 de grade”, spune ea. Cam tot atât timp e necesar multor oameni din Sofia, ca să ajungă sau să plece de la muncă. Deci, să lucrezi la Bucureşti, dar să locuieşti la Ruse, n-ar trebui să fie o problemă, dacă podul putea fi traversat rapid. Dar Popova este una dintre puţinele bulgaroaice, care au ales să locuiască în oraşul natal şi să muncească în capitala românească.

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Русе и Румъния: Далечните съседи

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Дунав мост при Русе-Гюргево (снимка: Явор Мичев)

Връзките между двата бряга са препречени от трудния трафик на Дунав мост и липсата на инициативност

Мартин Димитров

Тази статия бе публикувана на 2 април 2019 г. на сайта на българския вестник “Капитал”. Препечатана е тук със съгласието на автора с минимални промени.

Два часа. Толкова време отнема понякога на Ралица Попова, счетоводител в българска компания с офис в Букурещ, да премине Моста на дружбата между Русе и Гюргево. Ако го нямаше това чакане, тя може да измине 75 км разстояние между дома си и офиса в румънската столица за около час и 15 минути – правила го е в по-спокойни дни. “Можеш да си представиш какво е лятото, когато е задръстено с камиони и е 40 градуса навън”, казва тя. Това е времето, което прекарват доста хора в София, когато стигат и си тръгват от работа. Следователно да работиш в Букурещ, ако живееш в Русе, не би трябвало да е изключение, ако мостът се минаваше бързо. Но Попова е една от малкото, които са избрали да живеят в родния град и да работят в румънската столица.

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Ivan Kyurkchiev: I work for the close cultural relations with Romania

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Ivan Kyurkchiev (photo: The Bridge of Friendship)

The director of State Opera – Rousse discusses the cross-border cultural cooperation and the events which mark the Opera’s 70th anniversary

Smaranda Şchiopu

Vladimir Mitev

Ivan Kyurkchiev has been the director of State Opera – Rousse since 2017. He comes from a family of musicians and he started playing the violin at the age of 6. He  graduated from the musical high school in Rousse, studying viola and opera singing. He fulfilled his military service in the choir of the construction troops, with whom he had his first concerts abroad. In the last year of his studies of opera singing in the Conservatory in Sofia he was selected to specialise in ”La Scala” in Milano for two years. In his second year he won the competition ”Enrico Caruso” and then he received the chance to stay and work in Italy. Kyurkchiev has sung in many Italian  cities, in South America, in Marsilia, Bordeaux, Montpelier, Budapest, Prague and other European cities. In 1996 he became the director of State Opera – Rousse for the first time. In 2000 he established his events company ”Opera Verdi”, which has organised performances for almost all Bulgarian opera theatres in Europe and the USA. At the end of 2017 Ivan Kyurkchiev became the director of State Opera – Rousse for the second time. 

This text is part of a journalistic project by Smaranda Şchiopu and Vladimir Mitev, through which they try to better understand the Bulgarian-Romanian relations in the cross-border area around the Danube. 

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