Sofia, BulgariaDISES International Round Table | June 25 - 30, 2017
Sofia 2017 DISES Roundtable
June 25th-30th, 2017
Including All Children in a Changing World
OTHER PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS
Monday, late afternoon: Sofia City Tour
A walking tour of the city centre in the late afternoon on Monday will give you a quick journey in time. Sofia has the buzz of a capital city and the convenience of a compact centre where all the main sights can be visited on foot. The most remarkable historical and cultural monuments of the Bulgarian capital will be visited.
Following our walking tour, small groups of participants will be having dinner in five different cozy restaurants for better and close communication and to sample local fare. Organization of groups will be completed upon registration.
Tuesday: Vitosha Mountain
We will travel by bus to Vitosha mountain after our afternoon site visits. Only 10-12 km away from the city centre, you will get a hint of the unspoiled beauty of the Bulgarian countryside. Cherni Vruh is the highest peak (2290 m) of the Vitosha Mountain, a huge granite mass with wooded lower slopes. The mountain is famous with its varied flora and fauna, two biosphere reserves and stone rivers (the moraine). They are unusual natural phenomena, apparently dry rivers made up of massive boulders.
Tuesday Dinner: Vodenitzata Restaurant
You will then be transported to a folk style restaurant at Vitosha Mountain with typical Bulgarian cuisine, authentic Bulgarian music and dances.
We will enjoy dinner together as a large group at another restaurant in Sofia, rounding out our experiences with Bulgarian cuisine.
Thursday: Site Visit to Teteven
On Thursday, we will travel out into the rural area by bus to Teteven. The town of Teteven (400 meters above sea level) is situated on the northwest slopes of the Balkan range, on the two banks of the Beli Vit River, 115 km away from Sofia. Its population is about 12 000 people. While in Teteven, we will meet with primary and secondary educators who are partnering with the Centre for Inclusive Education to implement inclusive practices. We will be offering them short workshops on effective inclusive practices as part of our professional collaboration (see Volunteer Service Opportunities).
Thracian tribes with a rich culture inhabited the area as far back as the 7th-6th century BC. During the Bulgarian national revival, the village flourished and was called Altin (Golden) Teteven. In 1801, the city was totally destroyed and burnt down by the Ottoman invaders. For that reason, only 3 houses older than 180 years have been preserved to the present day. Teteven is a starting point for many tourist routes in the Balkan range. Among the attractions in the town is the City Historical Museum with a big exposition of transcripts, books, crafts, etc.
We will share a picnic lunch on the trip to Teteven, and then enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant in the rural area on our way back to Sofia.