Conversations on a Train by Regina RyanConversations on a Train by Regina Ryan

Conversations on a Train

byRegina Ryan

Paperback | October 16, 2016

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'Conversations on a Train' is a light-hearted cross-cultural account of one Bulgarian's life between their country of birth and her adopted home in Australia. Set between 1993–2015, it is a collection of anecdotes, musings, and reminiscences on Bulgarian culture, childhood and homesickness. Regina Ryan (née Stefanova) illustrates how Bulgarians relate to the world and how she adjusted to life in Australia. From her teenage years in Sofia and Burgas through to adulthood in Perth, Regina discusses cultural differences and how she deals with these now as an adult who divides her time between two countries. 'Conversations on a Train' is also Regina's blatant attempt to Bulgarianise the reader.

Regina Ryan is a Bulgarian-Australian psychologist (BPsych, MPsych, PhD) with a passion for reading, promoting Bulgarian culture, reminiscing, and conversing on any topic that would allow the mention of Bulgaria and a discussion on cultural differences.
Title:Conversations on a TrainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.42 inPublished:October 16, 2016Publisher:Australian eBook PublisherLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1925516407

ISBN - 13:9781925516401


Table of Contents

Chapter One: Bulgarian prideChapter Two: Snapshots of my Bulgarian childhoodChapter Three: The big move to AustraliaChapter Four: First waves of culture shock and the Australian schooling systemChapter Five: A 15-year-old Bulgarian's preconceived ideas about life in AustraliaChapter Six: The child and the state-Bulgarian style parenting and schoolChapter Seven: Bulgarian art, the royal connection and a visit to the mausoleumChapter Eight: Bulgarian musicChapter Nine: Bulgarian Film and TVChapter Ten: Bulgarian humour, anecdotes, fairy tales and adult literatureChapter Eleven: Return to Bulgaria and the beginning of Australian university lifeChapter Twelve: Misunderstandings and little-known facts about socialist BulgariaChapter Thirteen: The many layers of homesicknessChapter Fourteen: A taste of Bulgarian food greatnessChapter Fifteen: What Bulgaria has given the worldAppendixAcknowledgments