Don't Cry for Bulgarian Discos, Mourn Bulgarian Students
Bulgarian disco and club owners have begun whimpering again that the government is sabotaging their business.
This time they're upset about its intention to ban entertainment venues in Sofia's College Town (Studentski Grad), which hosts all university dorms in the city, from working past 10 p.m. if they are within 100 m from a dorm.
These people also whined when Bulgaria's indoor venues' smoking ban came into force on June 1, 2012.
It's understandable that bar owners are concerned about their business and employees.
But I'm concerned people in Bulgaria have overwhelmingly started to put money before two much more important things – morals and health.
Sofia's College Town is the only campus in the world where nobody actually goes with the intention to study. And that's pathetic...
Bulgarians brag daily about being "Europeans" and complain Europe fails to appreciate them. But how's Europe supposed to appreciate us - by looking at our young "educated" people?
I don't wish to see anybody lose their business or livelihood. BUT I really wish I could enjoy my cup of coffee without cigarette smoke.
And, most of all, I wish Bulgaria had a college campus where students were actually able to study...
- » Juncker: Bulgaria is an Inspiring Example for the Western Balkans
- » BBC: The Country that Brought Yoghurt to the World
- » Varoufakis: "Do not be Fooled, the Crisis is not Over and the Euro is in Jeopardy"
- » Daily Sabah: Separatists in Northwest Bulgaria Seek Autonomy or to Join Romania
- » DW: Bulgaria Takes Over EU Presidency in Turbulent Times
- » Sofia to Ban Horse-Drawn Carts For EU Presidency
I lived in Cambridge for many years. I can assure you that there, in one of the premier universities on the planet, students spend a lot of time drinking and partying. They still get a damm good education. The advantage of youth is the ability to party hard and study hard at the same time.
"Sofia's College Town is the only campus in the world where nobody actually goes with the intention to study. And that's pathetic..."
What'e even MORE pathetic is that Studentski Grad isn't a "campus" at all but simply a student dorm. The students who live there DO study there, since it's their night-time home and people do read books at night, Donka! It's a good thing that this law has been passed - in my time living there it was impossible to get to sleep until after 3:30am, thanks to the noise from clubs a LOT further away than 100 metres. In my view the restriction should extend to a much greater distance and curbs should be put on the volume as well.
I'm interested in where the "moral" aspect comes into it though: - are you saying that coffee-drinking is immoral or is it the cigarette-smoking which indicates moral dissolution?
All in all - no more than C- for this effort, I'm afraid..... ;)