Montag, 12. September 2011

BAKLAVA AFTER LEWSKI


Lewski Denkmal / Sofia / Bulgarien

Wassil Lewski war neben Aleko Konstantinow bereits einer meiner bulgarischen Helden, bevor er 2007 in einer Fernsehumfrage zum "Größten Bulgaren Aller Zeiten" gewählt wurde. Der Ort, an dem er 1873 von den Türken gehängt wurde, befand sich seinerzeit außerhalb der Stadt. Heute ist es ein nahezu zentraler Platz im Zentrum von Sofia, den jeder Taxifahrer kennen sollte.


After 500 years under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria won its independence in 1878 (thanks in large part to the efforts of revolutionaries like Wassil Lewski, who was executed by Ottoman rulers five years before Bulgarian liberation war, in Sofia, at the spot you see in the first photo on this post).

More than a hundred years after liberation from the Ottoman Empire, there is still some residual bitterness toward the Turks among the Bulgarian people. But, interestingly, a lot of Bulgarian food seems to celebrate the Turkish influence. This baklava, which we found on Graf Ignatiev Street across from the Sweti Sedmotschislenizi Church in the center of Sofia, is a case in point - light on cinnamon and heavy on high-quality walnuts, it was leagues better than most of the Turkish baklava I've tasted in Berlin.

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