Baba Vanga Believed in Bulgaria – Story by Anna Karaangelova – founder of a production company for Bulgarian folklore music
I grew up pretty close to Baba Vanga, as I am from Petrich and I knew her since I was a little girl. Later I moved to the nearby city of Sandanski, and most of the news about Baba Vanga was brought to me by a a friend and neighbour of mine – Ivanka, a retired school teacher. She was a very close friend of Baba Vanga – almost every day she went to visit her, she was cooking for her, and helping her cleaning the house. The poor woman (Ivanka), she was barely walking as she had diabetes and her legs were sore, but she couldn’t live without Baba Vanga. When she was coming back from her visits with Baba Vanga, she was often calling me to tell me what they have talked about.
My first memories of this great prophetess date back to my childhood years. I remember watching Baba Vanga knit for hours. Baba Vanga was very close with Ivanka, as they both moved from Strumitza (present Macedonia) and knew each other from before. That being said, Ivanka used to take me with her when she was visiting Baba Vanga. I couldn’t believe my eyes how this blind woman could knit so fast and so well – even faster than most women around her. Sometimes I would go near her and stare at her eyes to see if she notices me. I even suspected at one point that she does see well. One time I remember how Baba Vanga told the women that were sweeping her yard, that they have forgotten one leave unswept.