Excerpt from The Red Riviera: Introduction

"The sea breeze is salty and cooling. The operatic calls of the young men selling corn on the cob accompany the gruff hums of jet skis and the percussive gushing and smashing of the Black Sea. Topless Western Euro- pean girls lounge beside portly Russian grandmothers. Wild gangs of preteen boys overrun the shoreline, dribbling soccer balls through the sand castles built by naked squealing toddlers. There are more than five thousand people enjoying the glorious day on the narrow band of beach in the resort of Albena."

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