Things to do to immerse yourself in festive Montreal

I have to describe Montreal in one word I would say “festive”. I was in Montreal for a training and I spent 3 weeks there. My brightest memory, however, is of how we immersed ourselves in the festive atmosphere of the city. There are festivals and things to do in Montreal every day, especially in the summer. Here is my list of things to do to immerse yourself in festive Montreal.

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Hiking the heavenly beautiful 7 Rila Lakes in Bulgaria

The time has come to put in writing one of the best trips in my life – from Sofia to Sofia hiking through the heavenly beautiful Rila 7 Lakes, tasting wine in Melnik and hang out in Blagoevgrad. I made the 7 Rila Lakes trip just before moving to the Netherlands to remind me how beautiful Bulgaria is. I treated myself to a unique hiking experience exploring the 7 Rila Lakes and the great scenery you can admire from the Melnik cliffs.

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Five movies with Will Smith that are worth watching on Netflix

In a time of physical distancing and staying at home, all of us, we have enough time to watch movies. I am sure that movies nights are exploding and you cannot be more thankful to have Netflix at home right now. I love Netflix and the whole idea of choosing what I want to watch, when I want to watch it and to be able to stop and continue whenever I want to. At some point it became hard to find “the movie”, but, fortunatelly there are new releases all the time. Thus, I selected five amazing movies with Will Smith, that are really worth watching.

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My bucket list and things to do before I die

My bucket list

I am a big fan of all kind of Bucket lists📝, 100 things to do before I die lists, books about challenges to tick and you name it. Thus, I also have a lot of notebooks where I write down things to do, goals to achieve, places to visit before I die. Most of all, these tools motivate me and make me happy every time I tick one of the things I’ve written down. However, one of the best “things to try” tools for me remains the book ”203 Challenges – travel the world and explore your inner self” by Maria Angelova and Ivalina Nenova. This is a pocket, travel size book that can be your travel mate on the road. It will boost you to go out and explore the world by just opening it on a random page.🗺🛫🚤

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Fresh ideas to reinvent your wardrobe with accessories

I am not a fashion victim and I don’t follow the trends but the accessories, especially the necklaces, are my secret weapon to embellish every boring outfit. I am fond of the Scandinavian style – white shirts and T-shirts, black turtlenecks, unicolour outfits, and my ”signature spice” that I add to this ”basic colour dish” are the necklaces. When I am travelling I enjoy checking small design shops and local handmade markets and buy unique accessories to reinvent my wardrobe.

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In search of Thracian sanctuaries and stone mushrooms

As there was no snow in Varna this winter, I decided to go to the Rhodopes to enjoy the snow in search of Thracian sanctuaries and Stone Mushrooms. The route included the Historical Museum of Kardzhali – Thracian sanctuaries Harman Kaya and Tatul – Zlatograd – The Stone Mushrooms close to Beli Plast village and Haskovo.

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Five books for real-world explorers

The five books I am going to list below will keep you reading all night long without stopping for a second. All these five books for real world explorers are very interesting and will give you more insight into countries that are not so popular among global trotters.

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What experiences did the second six months of 2019 bring into my life?

It’s been almost 2 months that I haven’t written in my blog and I am excited to restart with new fresh ideas. Well, it’s already February, however, I would like to go back and list what experiences did the second six months of 2019 bring into my life?

Well, it’s already February, but still, I would like to go back and list some nice memories of the second six months of 2019.

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Belgian fairy tale with a taste of waffles, chocolate, and beer

Belgium is a tiny, young European country, situated between The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Luxembourg what makes it multicultural and multilingual as French and Flemish are the official languages. Although, Belgian biggest cities have a lot to offer in terms of attractions, chocolate, and beer. Belgium is proud to produce more than 1000 beer brands and 600,000 tons of chocolate every year!!! That’s what I am calling achievements!!! I selected 4 Belgium cities to visit on my Belgian fairy tale itinerary with a taste of waffles, chocolate and beer.

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The oldest lighthouse in Bulgaria, Shabla lakes and the sea

The only thing I knew about Shabla before visiting it was that the oldest lighthouse in Bulgaria is located there. For me, the Shabla Lighthouse was the guardian of the Black Sea and the easternmost point of our homeland. We headed to Shabla spontaneously as the weather was very warm for October and that what we actually discovered there – the oldest lighthouse in Bulgaria, Shabla lakes and the Sea!

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City walk in Dobrich Old Town

There is one city in Bulgaria which is, according to me, very underrated. However, in my opinion, every place has its hidden gems if we are looking for them. This is the reason why I decided to head to Dobrich and to prove that there is a lot to see in the capital of the Dobrudzha region. Follow me on my city walk in Dobrich Old Town.

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Nestled in the Pirin mountain – a city walk in Blagoevgrad

Blagoevgrad reminds me of my last trip in Bulgaria before starting my new life in the Netherlands. With a French friend of mine, we visited the Rila Monastery, hiked the 7 Rila Lakes, made a stop in Melnik for some more hike and wine and ended our trip in Blagoevgrad where she lived back at this time. That why I can’t wait to go on a city walk in Blagoevgrad – the city that is nestled in the Pirin mountain.

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Hidden paths for one weekend in Bulgaria

en we came back to Bulgaria, I decided to travel more in my homeland and I take every opportunity to accomplish my goal. Last weekend, I headed on an organized trip to Prohodna cave and Krushuna waterfalls, but on our way, I learned there will be more surprises than I expected!!! We actually visited 7 gorgeous spots!!! Keep reading….

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France is always a good idea – 5 French cities to visit outside of Paris

I speak French, I love French culture, language and literature and I lived in France for a while. Wherever you go in France you will have an amazing experience no matter if you like sightseeing, food or just having a great time with friends. Here is my selection of 5 French cities to visit outside of Paris as France is always a good idea for a city escape. I am sure anyone and everyone will enjoy these 5 French cities to visit outside of Paris no matter the purpose of the trip.

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Three books about love in time of war

It’s a pure coincidence that I was reading simultaneously three books at the same time which depicts stories about love in the time of war. ”My children” by Guzel Yakhina followed ”Zuleikha opens her eyes”, the first book I’ve read by the same author. ”The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris ”found me” after my visit to the concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau and I was captivated by all the details I saw with my eyes there. The third book about lovve in time of war is the Bulgarian novel ”The Peach Thief” by Emilian Stanev.

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Czech wedding in Hradec nad Moravici Castle

I was invited to a wedding of a Czech friend of mine this summer. The wedding was planned to take place in Hradec nad Moravici – a castle nearby Opava (Eastern Czech Republic). So, I decided to accept the invitation, booked few days in Prague, found a hotel in between Opava and Hradec nad Moravici and bought a nice dress for the occasion and got ready for a Czech wedding in Hradec nad Moravici.

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10 things to do to enjoy Prague at the fullest

Prague was not on my list, but I was invited to a wedding in Opava (Eastern Czech Republic), so had to pass by Prague. I decided not to document myself in advance on what to do and where to go as there are tons of guides written about Prague and to discover the city at my pace. The only museum I really wanted to visit was the Museum of Communism.

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The magic of Zheravna

Whoever you ask about Zheravna Festival of the National Costume, will tell you ”Zheravna is magic”. Zheravna is magic because everybody wears a traditional Bulgarian ”nosia” and the usage of contemporary objects like plastic bottles and electronic devices is strictly forbidden. In addition, everything is authentic – the costumes, the music, the dances, the food and the joy of gathering together. Let’s immerse ourselves in the magic of Zheravna.

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Hidden gems in Amsterdam

Every time I visited Amsterdam, I fell in love with this vibrant city over and over again. I couldn’t get enough of it. Every time I went there, I  discovered a new part of this magnet for wanderlusts like me. I already wrote about the traditional touristic path ”WHO DOESN’T WANT TO GO TO AMSTERDAM?”, but now I would like to share with you my favourite hidden gems in Amsterdam out of the beaten path.

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Three great movies about three rap superstars of the 90s

When I was in high school it was a trend to listen to rap music, especially Cypress Hill, 2PAC, Notorious B.I.G, Dr DRE and and you name it. My favourite one was 2PAC and I still have some of his albums on cassette records. I am not going to reveal that my husband has a collection of his albums. This era has gone, but these rap superstars are a legend and their music is timeless. For those who miss this time, I would like to recommend you the movies that trace the life of 2PAC, Notorious BIG and Dr DRE.

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Bulgarian Summer Refreshing Dishes

The best season to visit Bulgaria is with no doubts the summer. An abundance of fruit and vegetables, endless beaches, bars, festivals, good vibes and the blue sky. Thus, food is one of the must-try things I would recommend to anyone who visits Bulgaria to not miss out. Also, Bulgarian food is seasonal, traditional, local and super delicious. Here is my selection of Bulgarian summer refreshing dishes absolutely to try in Bulgaria.

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Books that will fuel you with wanderlust

I love reading. While I am travelling I always take a book with me. Very often I read books about people and places that just fuel me with wanderlust. I would like to share with you my last list of books that will definitely make you look for a purpose while you head to your next destination.

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Wanna explore the world differently? – these five movies will boost you up

Travel is not only about the places you visit and souvenirs you bring back home. It’s also a pursuit of a bigger purpose and meaning. Very often, one travels to seek an answer to an important question, to find ”The truth” or to re-gain ”the appetite for life” as Elizabeth Gilbert says in her best-selling novel ”Eat, pry, love”. I selected 5 great movies that will make you wanna explore the world differently and boost you up.

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Do you remember your childhood?

The spring is the best season in Bulgaria (at least for me) and there are many public holidays at this period of the year. That why, me and my husband, we decided to visit the region where he grew up and to see his former house, the woods he played with his friends back at the days and to immerse ourselves in his childhood for a weekend. We combined the trip with a stay in the mountains at a country house with relatives of ours.

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Mind-blowing canyon of Petra, unforgettable baptism in Jordan river and Terrae Sanctae.

When I booked my trip to Jordan and Israel I DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THESE TWO COUNTRIES! The only thing I heard about was PETRA. THAT’S ALL! I was sure it’s going to be a horrible and boring trip and I would be disappointed about signing up for an organized trip. Guess what? None of the above. The trip was amazingly rich in experiences, new acquaintances, places, tastes, and great fun.

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Bulgarian breakfast – a real feast for the eyes and the palate

When I travel I always book accommodation with breakfast included in order not to waste time in the morning. I would recommend you to do so but not in Bulgaria. Why? Because if you book a hotel in Bulgaria with a continental breakfast included you will miss out a big and an important part of discovering the country – the Bulgarian breakfast. If you book a guesthouse in the mountains or the villages you will be offered a homemade breakfast/ and food every day, but this is only valid in the small family owned guesthouses. However, if you prefer to book a room in a luxurious hotel, don’t ask for breakfast, otherwise, your experience won’t be authentic and you won’t have the chance to taste Bulgarian pastries. If you visit Bulgaria for the first time (and not only!!!) have a breakfast from the local bakeries (закусвални). In order to introduce you to the Bulgarian breakfast, I’ve chosen five different Bulgarian typical pastries full of calories and easy to find almost everywhere that you absolutely should try.

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Soak in a hot spring, eat the biggest ”mekitza” in the world and had a ride in the Rhodope Narrow Gauge – Winter Fairy Tale in Bansko region

This year we decided to go on a winter vacation to Bansko, Bulgaria. Bansko is one of the most famous ski resorts in Bulgaria located 150 km from Sofia and literally at the foot of the Pirin National Park. As we are not really into winter sports, my review will only cover things you can do, eat and see outside of the ski slopes ):

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Weekend destination: cities to visit in Germany

What do you think about when you hear ”Let’s go to Germany!” Berlin at the first place, Oktoberfest, Christmas markets, Heidelberg, Burg Eltz – all these places are great and are worth to be visited at least once in a lifetime, but as I live in the Netherlands and Germany is just around the corner, I would like to share with you some good ideas for weekend escapes.

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Cosy movies nights with Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou, Diane Keaton and Kate Winslet

It’s winter time and it’s the best time of the year to catch up with some nice movies. I’ve been thinking about writing a post about my favourite movies, but when I started drafting the movies’ titles, I realized that all the movies are with my favourite actresses! So that how I decided to make a post about my favourite actresses and the movies that star them that I would recommend watching.

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When the Frenchie in me is reading…

I speak French and adore reading French books and books in French. I worked in Alliance française in Varna, Bulgaria in the past and there was a big library with plenty of classic and modern French and Francophone literature. As Alliance française organized a lot of cultural events, we also invited many famous writers and authors to be our guests and make workshops around their books. I met some of the people mentioned below like Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt and Frédéric Beigbeder in person and had copies of their books autographed specially for me! What an honour!

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Let’s talk about Dutch food

Dutch cheese is an absolute must-try when you visit the country of the tulips, especially on the city food markets. There is a massive variety of young and old cheese; cheese with spices, lavender, weed and so on and so on. And wherever you go, you will be able to try for free the cheese of your choice before proceeding on the purchase. Cheese is also one of the best souvenirs you can bring back home from your trip! Give it a try!

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Depression – a journey to change and turn your life upside down

Some people would think ” well, quite pretentious to write about depression and explain it to others”, others would say ” I experienced exactly the same”. First, I would like to say that I am not a doctor, I am not a scientist, I am not a psychotherapist, I am not a psychologist. I am a person who did suffer from depression more than once but hope the last time will remain my last time. I decided to write and share my experience of depression inspired by the book of Matt Haig ”Reasons to stay alive”.

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A culinary adventure in Bulgaria: what absolutely not miss out to try

Food is one of the best ways to discover a country and its culture. It’s also a great way to reunite people from different horizons and break the ice between them. I think that one of the best things about Bulgaria is that wherever you go – to the seaside, to the mountains, to the Rose Valley, to the villages or the big cities, you will find seasonal food for all the tastes (vegetarian, vegan, meat lovers). Bulgarian dishes are simple and seasonal thanks to the climate and the abundance of fruit and vegetables.

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10 reasons to explore a Dutch food market

Wondering what else to do while in the Netherlands apart from all the main tourist attractions? Want to experience a local atmosphere with delicious food and buy presents for your family and friends they will absolutely love? I selected 10 reasons to explore Dutch a food market in the Nethelrands. Moreover, visiting a Dutch food market is your chance to experience a unique immersion in Dutch culture, food and ambiance!

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Tick all ”203 Challenges – travel the world and explore your inner self”

Last summer I was looking for travel books to buy and my eyes crossed an interesting title ”203 challenges – Travel the World. Explore Your Inner Self”. I opened the book and started to turn the pages. I was intrigued straight away and after 2 minutes I was seating at the coffee corner of the bookstore reading all the 203 challenges. That’s what I am calling love at first sight! “203 Travel Challenges” is an amazing book full of inspiration, ideas and challenges that will urge you to call your friends and embark on an unforgettable adventure. This book is not only for people who are all the time on the road but also for everyone who is willing to explore one’s inner adventurous self.

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Read a quote every day

Quote are powerful messages and very often they cross our eyes or our eyes cross them at the very right moment. That happened to me while I was procrastinating to start my blog. One day I just read the following quote: “Start now. Where you are and with fear and pain. With doubt, hands shaking and the voice trembling. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start.”
― Ijeoma Umebinyuo

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Is it possible for you to accomplish a goal every month?

I haven’t updated my Bucket list column for a while and took the time to investigate among my friends if they can accomplish a goal every month. “Wow, that’s kinda tough”, a lot of them said…A month goes so fast…”What do you mean to achieve a goal every month”? What kind of goals? So instead of giving me enough insight of yes or no to achieve a goal every month, everybody was bombarding me with questions????

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Rebuild yourself or how to handle your own bullshit?

Self-development, positive thinking books, movies, podcasts, coaches and all kind of gurus and tips are blooming nowadays. A lot of people even go further and quit their jobs and lives and decide to run away to find themselves….. Feeling bad or anxious is baned and considered as something that one should not talk about and just avoid the subject. But the reality is that not everything and every day is roses and unicorns. I do not pretend to know all about it, not at all, I even struggle to take care of myself sometimes, but in order to find the best possible way to handle my own shit, I am going to put in writing all my thoughts on how to re-build yourself and how to handle your own bullshit. Am I on the right path or all I am saying is a complete bullshit…It’s up to you to decide…

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Paris, je t’aime – itinerary for one Parisian weekend

Paris is the city of love, to find love, to fall in love or just to be there with your beloved ones. I travelled to Paris many times and every time is like I am for the first time there. There are many books, movies, songs, paintings inspired by the sublime city of Paris. Making an itinerary for a Parisian weekend is easy nowadays as It’s the must-do destination for everyone once in a lifetime.

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Things to do and discover in Silistra – the apricot paradise of Bulgaria

Things to do and discover Silistra - the apricot paradise of Bulgaria - cover picture

Despite the low-cost airlines’ invasion, Bulgaria remains quite unexplored, especially the Northeastern region. I currently live in the Netherlands, but originally come from Silistra – a small city on the Danube river. Northeastern Bulgaria or as I call it, the apricot paradise has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture, food, and tips to have a good time. And it’s definitely out of the beaten tourist path.

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Canals in Utrecht, what else?

Everybody knows Amsterdam, everybody wants to be there at least once, this is an absolute must-see-place-before-I-die in every bucket list. However, there is another place in the Netherlands as beautiful as Amsterdam and as vibrant as the Dutch capital. And…. this is Utrecht with its unique canals.

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