I realized that when I am traveling, I am looking for experiences to collect, not only sights to see, local food to taste and drinks to celebrate my travel. I haven't travel as much as I would love to in Bulgaria, but I selected 10 typical Bulgarian experiences to try in the country of Kukeri and Roses.
I never check what to visit in a place I am about to travel, but I always know what I am going to bring as a souvenir from there. Magnets, postcards, and other little souvenirs are dust-collectors for me, that why I always check out typical local products like shirts or T-shirts with traditional embroidery, for example, skin products or cookbooks. I bought a shirt with typical Belarusian embroidery when I visited Minsk and babouches from Dubai - things that I can use in my daily life.
As you can read in my blog, I LOVE ACCESSORIES! I think they can transform any boring outfit into something like ''Ouau'' reaction around you. In the first part of My necklace collection, I showed you my favorite necklaces that I wear very often and that attire all the regards around. In the second part of My necklace collection, I would like to highlight the different materials used in the accessories craftsmanship.
Martenitsa (мартеница in Bulgarian) is a piece of adornment (bracelet, brooch), made of white and red yarn and traditionally in the form of two dolls, a boy Pizho (Пижо in Bulgarian) made of white yarn and a girl Penda (Пенда in Bulgarian) made of red yarn. The day celebrating Martenitsa is called Baba Marta Day (Grandma March) and on this day people offer each other marthenitsi for health, prosperity and new beginning starting with the spring. Martenitsa is worn on the first day of March until one sees a stork. Once you see the stork, tie the Martenitsa on a blooming tree as a symbol of fertility. This tradition is related to welcoming the spring, the new life that wakes up after the cold winter, health, and joy.
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, unicolor outfits, and my ''signature spice'' that I add to this ''basic color dish'' are the necklaces. When I am traveling I enjoy checking small design shops and local handmade markets and buy unique necklaces to bring as a souvenir from my trip.