The first six months of 2021 have been extremely exciting and it’s time to wrap up the best moments and to share with you all the places I visited and the experiences I lived.
Wrap up of the first six months of 2021 – January
January was very warm and cold at the same time. Although wintertime is more for staying at home, watching Netflix, and reading books, I went on one of the most exciting mini trips in my life. My escape in Beloslav was completely unplanned and totally spontaneous. I just woke up, saw through the window that it was snowing, though I could not spend one more day at home and bought a train ticket. Of course, this exciting experience was shared by a good friend who got a message from me 30 minutes before the departure… And she got on that train too.
How to get to Beloslav from Varna and what to expect there, read in my review here: MUSEUM OF GLASS AND SUBMARINE “SLAVA” IN BELOSLAV
Another exciting and very beautiful place for photo shooting I visited in January is the Chapel in Padina village near Varna. I wanted to visit that place and my wish came true…All the pictures of the place you will see on the web are just mind-blowing.
February – wrap up of the the best places and experiences
February surprised me with very warm weather and a beautiful waterfall that I visited near Varna. I embarked on a hiking day trip in the village of Vesselinovo near Varna and we visited one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region. We have the sea and not so many waterfalls, so I really enjoyed the view. There was a hidden natural pool that I would love to visit during summertime and dive deep into it.
Therefore, one of the most exciting experiences that I enjoyed during February was a photo class I signed up for at photoschool.bg. We had theoretical lectures and a day of practice in hidden gems around Varna. It was amazing to visit places in Varna I did not know existed. However, the best of the course remains the fact that I met one of my best friends there and I am grateful for that.
Wrap up of March 2021 – chasing surreal rocks formations in Bulgaria
It was time to take the road again and I signed up for a trip exploring amazing rock formations in Bulgaria.
I am not going to tell you anything about them, but will excite your curiosity by sharig few pictures.
April – the best experiences and places of the first six months of 2021
Well, April was the richest month in terms of experiences and places I visited in the first half of the year. I went on a kayaking adventure, visited the Eye of Osmar, tried rafting, went on a hiking day out on the Three Hills called “Thite Kayi”, visited Belogradchik Rocks, and had a great time with all the people that crossed my path. When you do not plan anything, the best experiences and offers come your way. Be spontaneous and say yes to that trip!
May – the best month to visit Bulgaria
May is my favorite month of the year and this is the best period to visit Bulgaria. For better planning of your Bulgarian trip, read my post about the best cities to visit in Bulgaria and the best time to do that. So, May was in the air, and the time has come to go to Plovdiv. In my opinion, Plovdiv is the best city in Bulgaria and it has it all – museums, street art, the creative district Kapana, beautiful parks, ancient ruins, and delicious gelato. I wanted to spend few days in Plovdiv and the Universe replied to my wish): I managed to tick all the places I wanted to visit, except one, but let’s keep something for the next time….
June – a dream come true and summer vibes
One of my dreams came true in June. I met one of my favorite contemporary Bulgarian authors and went on a trip with her to celebrate Saint John’s Eve (called Enyovden in Bulgarian). This is a pagan tradition that celebrates healers and medicasters. According to Bulgarian legends, women collect herbs on St. John’s eve and make a giant tiara of it. They also fill their bottles or jars with crystal clear water from the mountains and remain silent during this ritual in order to think about a wish they want to come true. Afterward, they have to put the bottle in a garden among plants and have a sip at midnight saying to themselves their wish. The next morning, they welcome the sunrise, pass through the giant tiara and make homemade bread with 7 green herbs to celebrate the event.
To sum up, that was a very womanish celebration that shows how strong and connected women can be. The lead of this celebration and ritual was Iskra Urumova, one of the most famous contemporary Bulgarian authors nowadays. She has written 4 seasons book dedicated to Samodivi (means woodland fairies or nymphs in Bulgarian) and Shepherds and the legends of war and love between both parties.
That was my wrap-up of the first six months of 2021 with all the most exciting places in Bulgaria I visited and the best experiences.
Do you have any plans for the second half of the year?
Thanks for reading!