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Someone is yelling. Behind the microphone is a squat man standing in front of a banner. His voice moves between the vociferations of an angry, tired lecturer, and the squeal of a jet turbine. He stands in front of a snaking insignia, a design clearly interested in evoking the swastika. People are clapping at every interval. The speaker waddles like an upside-down pendulum, taking secretly heavy breaths.
I, like many, cannot afford university without taking a massive loan. Most mediocre wage jobs that require simple skills, which can easily be taught through training, you can’t even get without some form of degree.
In the West we might not realize it, but Bulgaria is an entertainment hub for Hollywood. I was visiting the set of the upcoming 300 sequel in the Summer of 2012 and found a country of contradictions that made me ask this question. Is the current generation of Bulgarians going to fight for their country or take flight to greener pastures?