Conversations on a Train

Conversations on a Train

by Regina Ryan


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'Conversations on a Train' is a light-hearted cross-cultural account of one Bulgarian's life between their country of birth and her adopted home in Australia. Set between 1993–2015, it is a collection of anecdotes, musings, and reminiscences on Bulgarian culture, childhood and homesickness. Regina Ryan (née Stefanova) illustrates how Bulgarians relate to the world and how she adjusted to life in Australia. From her teenage years in Sofia and Burgas through to adulthood in Perth, Regina discusses cultural differences and how she deals with these now as an adult who divides her time between two countries. 'Conversations on a Train' is also Regina's blatant attempt to Bulgarianise the reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925516401
Publisher: Greenslade Creations
Publication date: 10/16/2016
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Regina Ryan is a Bulgarian-Australian psychologist (BPsych, MPsych, PhD) with a passion for reading, promoting Bulgarian culture, reminiscing, and conversing on any topic that would allow the mention of Bulgaria and a discussion on cultural differences.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Bulgarian pride
Chapter Two: Snapshots of my Bulgarian childhood
Chapter Three: The big move to Australia
Chapter Four: First waves of culture shock and the Australian schooling system
Chapter Five: A 15-year-old Bulgarian's preconceived ideas about life in Australia
Chapter Six: The child and the state-Bulgarian style parenting and school
Chapter Seven: Bulgarian art, the royal connection and a visit to the mausoleum
Chapter Eight: Bulgarian music
Chapter Nine: Bulgarian Film and TV
Chapter Ten: Bulgarian humour, anecdotes, fairy tales and adult literature
Chapter Eleven: Return to Bulgaria and the beginning of Australian university life
Chapter Twelve: Misunderstandings and little-known facts about socialist Bulgaria
Chapter Thirteen: The many layers of homesickness
Chapter Fourteen: A taste of Bulgarian food greatness
Chapter Fifteen: What Bulgaria has given the world

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