Youth from the Netherlands find harmony in the Vidin village of Vrav
Youth from the Netherlands find life in harmony with nature in a village near Vidin. They describe their experiences on the internet platform “We Are The Future,” which translated in Bulgarian is “We Are The Future”. They want to change reality in the desolate villages and say that the richness in nature and culture must be preserved and developed.
Before arriving at Vruh village near Vidin, Freddie studied philosophy, humanities and international business in the Netherlands. He even dealt briefly with politics. Says that the future of the planet depends on how we protect nature and does not want to be part of a consumer society.
Frederick Freeman: I realized that all the institutions and authorities could not solve the main problem and I became an activist … we need radical changes in our way of life on this planet. He leaves the city and chooses a village house in Bulgaria.
Frederick Freeman: The idea is to process more land, not people to work in offices and to fight congestion in major cities.
Freddie and his friend Rhine live in a house that has not been inhabited for years, as are many of the properties in Vrav.
Frederick Freeman: I want to change people’s urban mentality and bring them back to the village to regenerate the soil, soul and society. In Eastern Europe there are many abandoned houses and villages, as well as in Spain and France. More and more people leave villages and go to cities. So we have to do something to reverse the trend. They dream of making their own farm. They started with the cultivation of vegetables. They also have tourism ideas. They will also make a bakery.
Frederick Freeman: The products I will make bread, pizza, meals from local farms… I also think about ecological tourism and make a small camping for tourists. They rely on support from local people, and although they do not know our language, they are not isolated.
Rhin Van der Burg: We’re in touch with a grandmother who makes us a weekly banitsa. We also go to the local pub where we dance with other people. We create contacts.
It took time to convince them of their intentions.
Rhin Van der Burg: Many people in Bulgaria think that we are crazy but slowly and slowly begin to realize that this is not a joke and we are here because of them. We are here to change their way of thinking, not to ask for something in return.
In Vrav they support the idea of others to settle in the deserted houses.
Slavey Gilov, resident of Vrav village: There was an idea with Bessarabian Bulgarians to settle here. Many houses are empty, more than two hundred. English buy a lot … This idea is ideal. Why not come. There must be some people, otherwise the village dies here. Ventsislav Georgiev: It is normal for Bulgarians to flee abroad, to come to Holland, to come to the Americans. This village had 2,800 people at a time, and now there are 200 people left. Freddy describes his life as a village on an internet platform. Hope for more followers.