wait, i can't do this.
i know i'm supposed to be reporting on how magical it is that all the little kiddies are in school now, screaming their heads off-- BUT
have you ever really considered the balkan peninsula? i mean really, really? let me give you a moment: THE BALKAN PENINSULA. IS A PLACE. THAT EXISTS.
as a high schooler a favorite and previously mentioned history teacher would ask us to name the countries on the peninsula and I always cheated and started at the south with Greece since I didn't know where the top of the darn thing actually was. here's a quick geo lesson:
the mountains at the top, they're the BALKAN mountains and if you want to learn some quick bulgarian language, here's a word: BALKAN. it means MOUNTAIN. eeeeeasy, huh? and now you can see, as i was never explicitly shown, the two bodies of water on either side, the adriatic sea which connects to the black sea on the eastern side via the mediterranean and aegean seas and finally through the bosporus and dardanelles straits, which have their own stories involving russia, turkey, warm water ports, and a whole 1,000 more years of history and blog posts. so there's us, chilling near asia, kindof, not technically although the EU won't let Turkey in. that's us, the END of EUROPE over here.
and not that i'm adopting any bulgarian nationalism or anything but just to let you know, the HIGHEST PEAK in the BALKANS belongs within our borders.
SO NOW YOU KNOW.