BBC Brazil reported that Gabrovo mayor Nikolay Sirakov has opened a photo exhibition, revealing details of the Bulgarian genealogy of Dilma Rousseff.
The citizens of Gabrovo, a hard-luck but endearing Bulgarian town at the foot of the central Balkans, where the father of Brazil newly elected president Dilma Rousseff was born, are celebrating their newfound notoriety across the Atlantic, BBC Brazil reported.
„This is not a big city. The people are very excited to have links with such a high-profile politician and hope that she will visit Gabrovo, “ Milena Hristova from Novinite.com told BBC Brazil.
„The city calls itself the international capital of humor and its people have a reputation for being thrifty, willing to haggle, and inventive when it comes to money,“ Hristova said.
BBC Brazil report points out that mayor Nikolay Sirakov has opened a photo exhibition, revealing details of the Bulgarian genealogy of Dilma Rousseff and more tributes to the president-elect lie ahead.
The article singles out among the tourist attractions in the town the House of Humor and Satire, conceived by communist officials in a bid to cultivate an image of Bulgaria as an open country, and the annual carnival, a kind of comic Mardi Gras that was the biggest attraction in Gabrovo for outsiders.
The mayor has even suggested cooperation between Gabrovo spring carnival of humor and the carnival in Rio, it says.
Dilma Rousseff’s father, Peter Rousev, was born in 1900 in the town of Gabrovo, but left Bulgaria for both economic and political reasons (he was a communist), looking for a better job and a brighter future.
A century later the small town in central Bulgaria has been caught up in the excitement of the presidential run-off in far-away Brazil and hopes Dilma Rousseff will visit Gabrovo as President of one of the world’s greatest nations and recover her roots.
True to their inventive and funny nature, the citizens of Gabrovo are already planning how to profit from Rousseff’s link to the town, saying Brazilian investors may learn a lot from them about crisis management.