I did not have any vacation at the end of 2019, so 2020 came at a blink of an eye for me. I had to go back to work on the 2.01.2020, so we drove back to Varna very early in the morninng. What has happened during first six months of 2020 – let’s breakdown the year month by month and check on my life updates.
While I was wondering where to make a grand opening of the summer season 2020, The Place found me itself. The owner of Hotel Zebra in Tsarevo invited me to visit Tsarevo and the region and to stay in her hotel. Therefore, summer season 2020 was officially opened in Hotel Zebra Tsarevo.
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.
A day trip to Quebec City from Montreal is a must-do when in Montreal. It does not take long and you will be enchanted by the French spirit and the vivid colours of the Capital of Quebec Provence. I made a list of a few things not to miss out to do and see while in Quebec City.
I originally come from Bulgaria and I always wanted to live in the Black Sea Pearl – Varna. All the highlights of Varna and the region are out there – the sea, the sun, the vibrant atmosphere… As a result, after I finished my studies, I moved from Sofia to Varna.
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.
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.
I am a big fan of all kind of Bucket listsðŸ“, 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 â€203 Challenges â€“ travel the world and explore your inner selfâ€ 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.ðŸ—ºðŸ›«ðŸš¤
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.
I love to collect new tastes. When I am travelling I always look for places to try local dishes. I am also a big fan of the idea to bring some recipes from my favourite dishes from around the globe home rather than magnets.
Dreaming how to escape your hectic city life for a few days? Wanderling among breathtaking Icelandic landscapes might be your next travel plan. Iceland has been on my Bucket list for a while and I am thrilled to share with you my 4-days breathtaking itinerary for an unforgettable stay in the country of volcanoes!
I believe grief is inevitable for anyone and we will all experience it one day or another. AgnÃ¨s meets it totally unexpectedly and looses her beloved husband Colin and their daughter Clara in a car accident. She could not accept life without them.
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.
Istanbul is for sure a must-see city not only once in a lifetime, but many many many times afterwards. Despite the fact that Istanbul is located just in 500km from Varna, I’ve never been there. In November I decided that the time has come for me to see Istanbul and for Istanbul to see me ):
Constanta was on my list for a while and last November I finally decided to hit the road and visit this charming Romanian city.
I am so happy and grateful to finally make it!!!! Book club – the second edition just happened. It took me so long to organize it and I am proud to say “I made it”!
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.
The year 2019 was very generous in terms of travelling. I am grateful that I could make it to 10 countries visited with way more beautiful cities, beaches, landscapes, natural wonders and you name it.
Itâ€™s been almost 2 months that I havenâ€™t written in my blog and I am excited to restart with new fresh ideas. Well, itâ€™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, itâ€™s already February, but still, I would like to go back and list some nice memories of the second six months of 2019.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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….
The first time I implemented Minimalism in my life was when we started furnishing our old house – white walls, clean design, Scandinavian furniture. While moving into our dream house I realized that the less you own, the less stuff you have to pack and take care of.
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.
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.
Summer is about to come and I am in a hurry to share with you these 5 Places to visit on the Black Sea Coast for the beach and something else.
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.
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.
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.
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, IÂ discovered a new part of this magnet for wanderlusts like me. I already wrote about the traditional touristic path ”WHO DOESNâ€™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.
Summer in Varna is in marine colours – blue sky, blue water, jazz and blues, endless hours on the beach and promenade with a boat.
This year I decided to live the summer at the fullest. Here are some tips on how to have a great time in Varna in the summer.
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.
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.
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.
I love trying local food and all kind of different dishes and drinks I never tried before. I’ve been eating outside almost every evening during my stay in Krakow and tried a number of dishes and local drinks I highly recommend you not miss out while in Krakow.
Year 2019 is a period of big changes and a new beginning for me. I moved back to Bulgaria, opened a new page in my life, started a new job in a completely different field and met new people.
I went for three weeks to Krakow for business and this time I decided to go out of the bitten path and explore the city differently. No museums, no cathedrals, no galleries and monuments, just the city and the pleasures it offers.
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.
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.
I always wanted to go on a Yoga retreat and imagined the perfect Yoga retreat in the heart of Mother Nature. I also wanted to visit the mystical mountains of Rhodopes, where all the legends about Orpheus are kept alive thanks to the collective memory of the local people
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.
I am sure that while traveling you try to eat local like me and you allow yourself a delicious and calloricious dessert when visiting the local restaurants and cafes. That why I would like to give you some ideas on what to order for dessert when you are in Bulgaria.
Visit a Kukeri festival was a must-do on my bucket list for years and I was very disappointed that I missed Surva festival in Pernik this year. But as everything happens at the right moment, one day I saw an advertisement for a day trip from Varna to Kukerlandia 2019!
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 (Ð·Ð°ÐºÑƒÑÐ²Ð°Ð»Ð½Ð¸). 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.
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 ):
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.
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.
I speak French and adore reading French books and books in French. I worked in Alliance franÃ§aise in Varna, Bulgaria in the past and there was a big library with plenty of classic and modern French and Francophone literature. As Alliance franÃ§aise 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 FrÃ©dÃ©ric Beigbeder in person and had copies of their books autographed specially for me! What an honour!
The Christmas season is in his pick and end of the year is around the corner. It’s time to relax, enjoy family time and think about our loved ones! Here is my selection of tips […]
This documentary is about fast fashion and the resources we waste and use to please our desire to consume more and more and more. It shows the entire process of fabricating, using and throwing away the clothes we buy at cheap shops and brands.
The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck is the first and the only Steinbeck’s book I read so far. Before immersing myself into sharing my impression of this book, I would like to say some words on how I was recommended the book and why I started reading it…
Having your own home is a very important milestone of a lifetime for a lot of people. Many prefer not to have anything in order not to attach to things, others put their heart and […]
The arrival of Sinterklaas! Winter season in Western Europe is celebrated with Christmas markets, ice skating, Gluhwein and Oliebollen. The best of the Christmas season in the Netherlands, however, is not the eve of 24th […]
London through my eyes This is not my first time in London, but this time I saw it from a different perspective. A colleague of mine had the idea to spend a few days in […]
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!
I lived in the Netherlands for almost 5 years and had the opportunity to visit and see a lot of places in the country of the tulips. Here is my list of some breathtaking must-try Dutch experiences to have in the Netherlands.
How to escape reality in a Dutch rainy day? Host a book club! I am a big fan of all sort of ”Book challenges”, ”Read-the-world lists” and ”Absolutely must-read lists” and one day while listing […]
As challenge 57 from the book ”203 challenges – Travel the World. Explore your Inner Self” says ”Go for a gondola ride in Venice or for a boat trip in little France – Strasburg, in […]
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”.
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.
Exploring Kazanlak and Stara Zagora region One of the things I wanted to tick in my Bucket list was to visit the Rose Valley (in Kazanlak, Bulgaria) and to participate in all the festivities around […]
Bliss for the soul and the eye: Ancient city of Nessebar All in one: history, small streets in typical 19th-century Bulgarian style, cultural heritage, amazing beaches, seafood, tasty wine and all you need for a […]
Hamburg’s vibes! I am not going to write a travel guide about what to see, visit and eat in Hamburg, but I would like to inspire you to visit this amazing city to feel and […]
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!
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.
Having Christmas holidays is the perfect time to relax, eat well and enjoy the cosiness of home. Here is my recipe for a perfect Christmas hygge at home that you can practice doing all kind of Christmas stuff.
Have you ever heard about Zeeland? Do you have an idea where it is on the map? It looks like Zeeland is a well-known region located between The Netherlands and Belgium where people go on […]
Wanna be on ”The Beach”? After the movie ”The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio tourism in Thailand and its emerald beaches just exploded. I just came back from my trip to Thailand and can’t wait to […]
This short review is a continuation of ”Is it possible for you to accomplish a goal every month?” article and this is the perfect opportunity for me to share how did the end of the 2017 (from October to December) go for me.
While everybody is rushing to German Christmas markets, visit Dickens Festival in Deventer, the Netherlands
Dickens Festival One of the things I absolutely wanted to do this year was to visit the Dickens Festival,Â organized every year in Deventer, the Netherlands. The Festival takes place in the picturesque Bergkwartier where the […]
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: â€œStart now. Where you are and with fear and pain. With doubt, hands shaking and the voice trembling. Start and donâ€™t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start.â€
â€• Ijeoma Umebinyuo
The time has come to write a review of my trip to Romania…I wanted to go on a trip with my mother and an organized trip to Romania sounded like the perfect option. So, in […]
In the first article If movies were cities or countries, I would visit these places first, I wrote about movies and places I already visited. In five movies that will urge you to travel, I am going to write about places that are still on my bucket list.
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????
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…
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.
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.
Bulgaria is a must-visit country for every festival addicts. No matter when, no matter where, there will be a festival or Ð° local feast for sure. Thus, I am going to make an ultimate guide to local and authentic festivals in Bulgaria to make yur choice which one to visit easier!
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.