where's neri
  19 Oct 2012, Friday  
LINEAPPELLE, ITALIA
The Very Best
  4 Dec 2012, Tuesday  
SANTA MARIA LIGURE
Behind The Scenes
  28 Jan 2015, Wednesday  
My English Teacher
Ms Toromanova

I was 8 years old, when walking down the street in my hometown in Bulgaria I read a sign “English classes”, and out of the blue, I exclaimed to my mother who was holding my hand, “Mom, I want to learn English!”. And so I began, as one of the youngest students in that classroom, eager to learn, and eager to speak a language that I would only hear in films only shown once a week on Bulgarian TV.

I was immediately mesmerized by my English teacher: Ms Toromanova, who had such ease and elegance to her, and always made me feel loved and at ease. I wanted to return to her classes every week and I did so for the next 4 years until we had to emigrate from Bulgaria. She taught English with such ease and with such playfulness that (I would later realize) laid the strongest foundation for learning foreign languages and would also ignite incredible love for traveling and curiosity for discovering new cultures. I would sit in her classroom, read our English books and dream of one day living in London and even studying in Cambridge. She would encourage us to dream and nothing was impossible when I was in Ms Toromanova’s class. In my mind, I would walk down the streets of London, I would be on a double-decker bus on Piccadily Circus and even see myself as a Cambridge student.

As I became a young woman, I did accomplish all of those dreams and more, and in every step of the way, I would think of Ms Toromanova and wonder how she was, where she lived and if she even was still a teacher, still in Asenovgrad. In every accomplishment, I saw a part of her and one day I hoped she would know what an impact she has had on me.

Few days ago, I experienced one of the most incredible moments of my life. Twenty plus years later, I got to meet my English teacher Ms Toromanova! Words are not enough to describe how both of us felt and how incredible it all was. Her surprise for me was that she took me to the class where she still teaches and I found myself in the same classroom, with students who were about my age, when I first started learning English. They all sang three songs for me, showed me their homeworks with great pride and asked for my autograph, which they said they will carry in their wallets. It has been such an endearing memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Today is Ms Toromanova’s 70th Birthday – 28th of January! I wish her a happy birthday and may she continue to inspire, to share her love with everyone she touches.

With great love and gratitude,
Neri

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