I met a friend today who told me the following.

His neighbor is married to a Ukrainian woman. Their daughter is in the fourth grade, here in Sofia. His wife's sister is in Ukraine and her daughter is also in fourth grade there.

Here is what the two children said about their first day of school.

The Bulgarian girl:
- We argued with our teacher that we are not small kids anymore and she should take us to the mall to watch "Barbie", and she has not watched it, but said that it is not for us. It became a big scandal, it was very nice!!

The Ukrainian girl:
- Our teacher explained to us that wherever we are - in class, in the gym, in the toilet, in the yard, we should be able to reach the shelter in three minutes at the most.

It's as if we live in two completely different and infinitely distant worlds!