Our romantic pic in Vienna

How to survive on a family Eurotrip?

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This is a summer story. And my whole family is involved. It is so exciting to travel with your family but you need to be well prepared. Our team – my boyfriend, our parents, and my brother.

Zagreb Cathedral park
Relax zone near Zagreb Cathedral park

What I missed to think of and how to organize a better family trip than mine? Actually, mine was awesome. You don’t need to believe me, just keep reading.

Summer of 2018. The plan is to travel by car from Sofia to Zagreb. Sleep one night and travel to Vienna. One day in Vienna and then on the road again to Budapest. Budapest was our last stop and here we stayed for 4 days and enjoyed the Formula 1 2018 event! Woop Woop!

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Destination Zagreb reached. After 8 hours driving by car. We stayed in a cozy apartment near the Tesla Museum – Apartment Marija, booked via Booking.com. I can recommend the place for people looking for a clean apartment, with everything you need inside, sunny comfy place and nice attitude. One disadvantage is they don’t accept debit/ credit card payments. The price is totally worth it!

What happens in Zagreb, stays in Zagreb
What happens in Zagreb, stays in Zagreb

Not to be missed in Zagreb! Even we had just a day to walk around, we enjoyed the city and felt the spirit of the locals! Zagreb can be divided into Lower and Upper Town, located on romantic stone streets. Walking in Lower Town can be a lot of fun because of the many cafes, restaurants, bars, and music everywhere. Recommended street – Tkalciceva. The Upper Town is the old part of Zagreb and here there are breathtaking places.

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My brother met Batman in the city center of Zagreb
  1. Cathedral of Zagreb – It is on the list of the hundred most beautiful cultural monuments in the world.

    Zagreb Cathedral
    Zagreb Cathedral
  2. St Mark Church. Roman Catholic parish temple in the heart of the Old Town (Upper Town). Located on Piazza St Mark, surrounded by the buildings of the Croatian Parliament, the Croatian government, the Constitutional Court and the City Hall of Zagreb. The roof of the church depicts Zagreb’s coat of arms.

    St Mark Church
    St Mark Church
  3. The Tower of Zagreb/ The Tower of Thieves, in the past part of Zagreb’s fortifications. Zagreb residents set their clocks with the sound of the gunshot. If you visit the Tower at an exact hour, you might enjoy the gunshot. There is an amazing panoramic view of the Tower. You can walk on the winding stairs from the Tower to the Lower Town. Really joyful walk, full of music, colors, and a beautiful sunset!

Ok, what actually happened is that me, my boyfriend and my brother really enjoyed the walk in the city but our parents got so tired and didn’t want to walk that much. They prefer to sit and relax somewhere.

Tip 1 for family trips: What can be better planned is to include one more day for visiting Zagreb.

4. Tesla Museum. On the next day, early in the morning, me, my boyfriend and the two mums have visited Tesla Museum. Actually, I don’t like museums but this one was awesome! I really recommend it!

Me trying to be a spaceman
Me trying to be a spaceman

Tip 2 for family trips: When planning a family trip, try to think of what everyone is interested in.

Destination Vienna. 4 hours from Zagreb by car. We arrived in the afternoon at our booked apartment Betariel Apartments S22. It was clean but not enough space. It worths the price and was fine for the night because we planned to travel on the next day but for long staying it will be better to choose something nicer. It was close to the city center and to the metro station.

Not to be missed in Vienna!

Our romantic pic in Vienna
Our romantic pic in Vienna
  1. Visit the famous Prater. It is nice for a walk during the night; there are many lights and music. You can enjoy Vienna’s wheel and the amusement park.
  2. My best is the Schonbrunn Palace and Schonbrunn Gardens – part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. I took an audio guide inside the Palace and it was crazy interesting to touch this Habsburg culture! This is my second time being here. The first visit was during one cold winter and there was a huge Christmas market. I really enjoy the summer flowers and the colors everywhere now. TIP 3: BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE IN ADVANCE FOR SCHONNBRUN!
  3. The Zoo next to Schonbrunn Palace is the oldest existing zoo in the world founded in 1752. My brother loves it. It is huge and there are a variety of species. We really enjoy the 3 hours spent here and it was not enough but we were run of time.
  4. St Stephen’s Cathedral – amazing Cathedral! Stephen Piazza is a nice area with classy shops, chocolate, you can drink coffee here and enjoy the city. There are nice restaurants, bars, and other entertainments. The city center of Vienna is with historical building and nice architecture. 10 minutes walking from St Stephen’s Cathedral, you will reach St Peter’s Church.

    St Stephen Cathedral
    St Stephen Cathedral

We spend one night and half of the next day in Vienna and we were on the road, traveling to Budapest, Hungary. Hungary was our final destination before returning to Sofia. We needed more time here as everyone’s interests were different. Don’t forget F1 event!

Something that happened to us is that my mum broke the back window of my dad’s car in a ridiculous way at a gas station. My dad couldn’t be angrier but he needed to calm down because my mom got so nervous. We fixed the window with a special tape! and we had the luck to get back home like that! How Lucky people we are!

It takes 3 hours by car Vienna – Budapest. Destination Budapest reached. We booked our apartment here via Airbnb.com – Keleti Station Apartment. The apartment looked much better on the pictures. When we arrived there were a broken bed and broken stuff inside. This was an unpleasant surprise and we informed the host immediately. We informed the Airbnb as well and they contacted the host.

We were moved on the next day to another really nice and bigger apartment and no additional fees were taken. I will write in a separate post on how to avoid booking bad apartments and what to do if this happens to you. Coming soon! I promise.

This was stressful moments for the parents but we encourage them to just stay relax.

The second apartment was perfect! I really recommend it – Royalpest Residence. Our two hotels were located near the Jewish Quarter – I recommend this area for your staying as it is calm and not far from the city center.

TIP 4: ALWAYS KNOW AND DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS!

What must be seen in Budapest?

Budapest beats with the rhythm of two hearts – Buda and Pest. The river Dunav divides the two sides of the city.

The amazing Parliament building Budapest
The amazing Parliament building Budapest
  1. Fisherman’s Bastion – an impressive structure and beautiful views. Going down from the hill, on the way to the Chain bridge, there is a zero km Statue – the old city center of Budapest where the boundaries of the Empire were measured from.

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    Fisherman’s Bastion
  2. The Citadella – Hapsburg fortress with nice views and best photos.

    Chilling near the Citadella in Budapest
    Chilling around the Citadella in Budapest
  3. Buddha Castle and the Royal Palace on the Buda side.
  4. The Matthias Church – it can be seen from the Fisherman’s Bastion and it is on the Pest side. The first parish church. The area around is nice for a walk.
  5. The Chain Bridge – this bridge connects Buda with Pest. Before the construction of the Bridge, there were two different cities. During the Second World War, the bridge was destroyed by the Germans but it was reconstructed after the war and in 1989 becomes a symbol of Hungarian freedom.
  6. Walk on the river Dunav side – There is part with shoes along the Danube – a memorial in honor of the Jews who were shot on the Danube after being asked to get out their shoes. You can enjoy a boat trip on the Danube using normal public transport. Just buy a regular ticket (around 750 HUF).
  7. Parliament is amazing during the night and there are nice restaurants where you can taste traditional dishes, for example, Gulas and Hungarian bread langos. Don’t miss to enjoy the traditional Unikum drink! Cheers!
  8. Something I missed – Central Market Hall – it is open every Friday and Saturday and there is a variety of local food and drinks.
  9. The other thing I missed – The thermal baths. If you travel to Budapest during the winter – this is something you should enjoy a lot!

Formula 1 event! My father and my brother are big fans of F1 and they love Kimi Raikkonen. They enjoyed the 3 days spent at the F1 event a lot! They were so happy and full of adrenaline! The tickets were a gift from me and my boyfriend so we were so happy too that our surprise turns to be so cool! I will share with you in a separate post how to organize your next Formula 1 event!

Everyone was so emotional during the whole trip, there were smiles and tears, funny moments and some stressful moments but we all went home more adventurous and knowing each other a little bit more. It turns that this was nice teambuilding! You should try it!

Kisses!

A walk to remember in Budapest
A walk to remember in Budapest

 

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Пръски кал и АТВ страсти!

За мен е удоволствие да споделя един невероятен уикенд сред природата на Хасковските Минерални бани! Тук пролетта разлиства красоти на всяка крачка и погледът се спира на безброй места… докато неусетно зелената топлина на гората нежно ме прегръща…

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Започваме АТВ разходката с Мото Катерици!

Изживях невероятно  двучасово АТВ приключение с Мото Катерици (кликни на името за Facebook), които ми вдигнаха адреналина и ме преведоха през невероятен маршрут. Стартът: Горно Брястово, Минерални бани. Отсреща се намира връх Гарваница, хълмът рогче, който е стара тракийска местност в Минерални бани. Този хълм пази тайни от минали времена и човешката намеса по камъните се е запечатала и до днес.

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Kратка почика и снимки 🙂

Докато се усетя съм понесена от страхотно АТВ Kawasaki Brute Force 300 (2018 година) и маршрутът е невероятен! Изпитвам силни офроуд емоции и вятърът разпилява косите ми и отнася натрупания стрес и умора. Чувствам се лека и истински се забавлявам. Да вдигнеш адреналина всъщност е толкова релаксиращо! Мото Катерици ни предоставиха страхотна професионална екипировка, с която се чувствахме сигурни и спокойни! Екипировката изцяло предпазва горната част на тялото, гърба, ръцете, раменете; имаме каски и очила и пръските кал не са никакъв пролем!

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Страхотно е, че може да споделиш приключението с приятел!

Маршрутът ни започва екстремно и преминаваме местност с приятен наклон. След това пресичаме рекичка и се озоваваме на път, където може да увеличим скоростта и да усетим мощта на АТВ-то! WoW! Пътят е прекрасен, зелен, с пръски кал, емоции, песен на птички и невероятни гледки. Минаваме язовирче с красиво дърво отпред, разцъфнало от пролетна прегръдка. Правим паузи и почивки и снимаме, за да запечатаме тези адреналинови емоции. Стигаме до местността “Юртите” и правим освежаваща пауза. Наблизо има каменна чешма и може да се разхладим. Продължаваме разходката с АТВ и пътят е равен. Досега се возех, но вече имам куража и да се разменя и да покарам АТВ-то. Натискам леко газта и удоволствието веднага ме изпълва. Офроуд емоции! Водачът ни беше супер и беше предвидил спирки, където ни предложи да се разменим и да покарам и аз. Толкова е вълнуващо!

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Връщаме се приятно изморени от това двучасово изживяване и благодарим на нашия водач за страхотната АТВ разходка. Обещаваме си да повторим скоро!

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След като хапнахме и пооспокоихме страстите, се оказа, че сме се изморили доста и заслужено поспахме! Невероятен уикенд в Хасковските Минерални бани!

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Ако искате и вие да вдигнете адреналина, да съчетаете разходка до ново място, да се освежите из Родопи планина – горещо препоръчвам АТВ разходката, която ние направихме! Благодарим на екипа Мото Катерици и на пролетта за красотата в гората!

 

 

 

 

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Rodopi mountain is calling you! Levochevo and Chepelare in the winter!

In the Central Rodopi mountain, there is a small village called Levochevo. When entering the village there is a sign “Welcome in a piece of Paradise”. We are driving slowly in a really tiny road between some cows. It smells of the village and the beautiful nature prepares you for gorgeous views.

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Cows on the road
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Many cows welcome you!
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Welcome to Levochevo

I am making jokes that this is the “Bulgarian Tivoli” ( Tivoli is an Italian cute city) because it really has these small cobblestone streets and the food is so delicious. Every house keeps the old traditional look and at the same time the modern way of living. The oldest houses dated from 1876. Some of the houses have names – traditional Bulgarian names. It is so nice to see how the Bulgarian spirit has been kept for years here in Levochevo, in the heart of Rodopi mountain.

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House “Rada”

The biggest Festival in Levochevo is during the traditional Bulgarian celebration of “Илинден”. During this Festival the whole village is on the main square and everyone is dancing the Bulgarian traditional dance horo.

The views are simply fantastic as the village Levochevo is on a high hill and when you look down you see a big part of Rodopi mountain, many different shades of green color! It is so relaxing, there is no rush and you are infected by this calmness immediately.

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Rodopi mountain

Chepelare – my favorite choice for skiing resort in Bulgaria, is around 14 km away from Levochevo town. The trip to both destinations Chepelare and Levochevo can be combined. Chepelare is an amazing winter destination in Bulgaria. The ski slopes are long, wide and beautiful. There are slopes for everyone – from amateurs to professionals. The Rodopi mountain loves all her guests and shows its majesty every day.

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Mechi Chal
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On the slope of Mechi Chal!
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Mechi Chal – just amazing!
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Sunset at Mechi Chal, Chepelare

The traditional food of Rodopi mountain is something you can’t resist. Definitely try “пататник“, “родопски клин“, “марудници“, “качамак“, “агнешко чеверме“, “салата от смилянски фасул“, “телешко“, Bulgarian yogurt (кисело мляко), “сарми“, “къпана баница“. This just the begining of a legendary kitchen!

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Traditional Bulgarian salad; Traditional pumpkin pastry called “Тиквеник”; Traditional potato specialty called “Пататник”.
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Traditional specialty with chiken, beef and pork plus “сърмички”! Delicious! Called Капама!
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Traditional banitsa with rice called Родопски клин! Fantastic!

Enjoy skiing, enjoy Bulgaria, enjoy Rodopi mountain, enjoy the incredible food and yes – the winter is blessing season!

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Off-road adventure time!

 

 

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Around the world with Vania Oushatova

Dear friends!

I had the pleasure to meet someone whose trips around the world are a pure inspiration to me and to all who love new adventures. I had the opportunity to take an interview with Vania Oushatova, co-founder of HR Recruitment Agency BrightPoint.

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with the Incas

Vania has visited 6 continents and 45 countries! Let the journey with Vania begins now.

Vanya shares with a smile how she applied for a visa to the Netherlands in 2006 and took her bachelor degree in the Netherlands. This is a big challenge as Bulgaria is not yet in the European Union. After her bachelor, she decided to do her master in Barcelona. Then, she found the perfect internship for her in Barcelona. Taking her education abroad, she traveled a lot in both Netherlands and Spain and she became an independent young lady.

Vania has a sister and her sister has participated in Youth Exchange in Sydney, Australia. This, of course, is a great opportunity for the whole family to travel to Australia and enjoy the Australian beauties in a month! Australia – a dream destination for many people! Vania continues with the temptations and shares her travel to Fiji and New Zealand! New Zealand is on my bucket list and I am so excited listening Vania’s story about my dream!

After graduating, Vania returns back to Bulgaria and starts a job where the trips don’t stop. She lived 6 months in Budapest (Hungary), 3 months in Milan (Italy), 6 months in Kiev (Ukraine), 2 months in the United States. She travels to North Carolina, South Carolina, Boston, Washington, New York. Vania knows the USA from her past trips to New York, California, Las Vegas.

I: How it is to be on a business trip?

Vanya: I don’t have time for tours and if I don’t live in a place for a while, I have only the weekends to explore the cities where I am staying.

I: Vania, which destination is closest to your heart?

Vanya: Barcelona! I love it because of the incredible architecture, the beautiful buildings, the dynamic life. I love the food and the drinks.

Me: What is your favorite food?

Vanya: I love the Italian food and I eat pasta regularly.

Vania shares “Fifty percent of the trip is the immersion.” She loves to immerse into the energy of the cities and the people, usually trying new food, drinks, new places.

Next destination is the Latin atmosphere of Cuba where Vanya is fascinated how people have fun. The salsa clubs are really cool and the music starts at 9 am!

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Cuba!

I: Which are the most exotic destinations you have ever been?

Together with Vanya we are traveling to South Asia, the day-long party in Thailand, the poor towns in Cambodia, the crazy driving in Vietnam; Malaysia.

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Bolivia!
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China
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Peru

Me: Where did you drive around the world?

Vanya: In the United States and Europe.

I: How do you organize your trips usually?

Vany says she is using the services of G Adventures, a Canadian agency. This type of traveling is charming because you meet people from around the world and become friends with them. Exchange ideas, experiences, and inspiration. Vania is still in touch with some of her friends from her trips. Before some weeks she had guests from Australia. She took them to Rila Monastery and showed Sofia city. Australia is one of the places where she wants to come back.

Me: Okay, how many more destinations are on your list?

Vanya: China, Safari in Tanzania, Zanzibar, Cambodia; Peru – Bolivia – Chile; Mexico – Belize – Gwamatella – Costa Rica – Panama. Cuba, Dominican Republic… The Kukulcan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, one of the wonders of the world.

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Machu Picchu – Peru

We are talking about some of the most memorable moments. Vania has been staying with the Mayan foster family. They are very warm and good people. They speak their own dialect but they have been able to understand Spanish. They live in poverty and happiness. She has seen a lot of poverty and misery in Cambodia and Tanzania. In Tanzania during a safari, their camp was attacked by a wild elephant and the leaders have lit torches to chase it. In Tanzania, the elephants are quite dangerous, not like in Thailand – friendly. She watched how a lion attacked a zebra. She is amazed by the number of the street dogs in Central America; the beautiful greenery in Costa Rica. Belize is the most sparsely populated country in Central America. The population is the descendants of African slaves, Mayans, European settlers and mixed marriages.

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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Chile – the Atacama Desert

I: Is there any food that you have tried and cannot bear?

Vanya: I have a healthy stomach and I didn’t have any bad experience.

She says she was disappointed with the Chinese food on the streets but the Chinese tea is really good, in Mexico – the local food is strongly recommended. From Gwamatella and Costa Rica, she recommends the coffee.

I: What are your hobbies besides this passion to travel?

Vanya: I regularly practice yoga and fitness, 2 or 3 times a week. I love walking and reading books.

BrightPoint has a major focus now. I’m glad we’re two partners, and when I’m traveling I’m relaxed.

I: What are your travel plans for 2018?

Vania: During the spring I am going to Japan for about 2 weeks. I will travel around Europe. At the end of the year, I will go on a different continent than Europe again but I didn’t decide yet where.

I: Which is your favorite place in Bulgaria?

Vania: Last summer I was in a really cool place nearby Sofia – Cob Camp. The food is so delicious, all guests have dinner together on a big table and you can meet nice people. Just the perfect place for relaxing weekend.

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Cob Camp

I: I think I didn’t know another person who has been traveling more than you! Wow!

Vania: My sister has to do some more destinations to reach my list. But she tells me she is younger than me and one day she will have a bigger list of destinations.

Let’s travel and be in a competition with ourselves only!

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Morocco

Svetlana Arsova – passion and art!

Dear friends,

I have the very special chance to get an interview with Svetlana Arsova!

Svetlana is the leader among the most successful and popular makeup artists in Bulgaria and the only one who published already her second book – specialized literature about makeup, art, beauty, fairy tales. The book is “Приказна“ (“Fabulous).

She is an amazing personality, learner, self-developer, teacher, spiritual leader, writer, in a complete harmony with herself. Svetlana Arsova is even more colorful than her palette paints! Let’s discover together her great personality.

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I like my new role – to be a journalist.

I asked Svetlana about her hobbies.

Svetlana has spiritual hobbies. She is studying astrology and she always explores who stays in front of her. She is Libra from the Zodiac – subordinated by Venera, the planet of beauty! This is also the most harmonized Zodiac and her personality and her voice give you the sensibility of calmness and tranquillity. She is always open to the others – good listener and advisor. The most exciting in her astrology studying is how the valuable astrological knowledge can be used for medicinal purposes. She shared with me her childhood dream to become a doctor.

“What happened with that dream” – I asked.

Svetlana laughs “I caught the palette paints when I was 18 years old and I could never give up on my passion to be a makeup artist.”

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Every day she works to develop herself. She has started studying very hard theology a year ago and she is passing regularly exams. This is one of her passions in life which she is crazy about. After finishing her education she will become theologian which is one of the things on her wish list.

Svetlana: “When you are a child, your parents stamp you with water in the church and you become Christian. From this moment this will be the most powerful source where you can get support, blessings, love, patience, knowing. “

“When I opened The Bible for the first time I was able to understand everything there and it was easy for me to read it. That’s how I thought seriously I should start studying theology.”

Svetlana has art hobbies: knitting, tapestries, writing, painting.

She shares the formula for her success – every night she ends the day with a pray and meditation. “This is the most powerful energy for raising up the creative potential in every personality”.

Me: Please, Svetlana, tell us more about your makeup academy and your students.

Svetlana explains with enthusiasm how everyone gets an individual education as we all are unique and special. She works with her students as they are her friends.

Svetlana:”I will give them my brushes. I will tell them to start with the makeup of a lady who is going online on the TV right after the makeup and I will finish her makeup. This is the best education – I teach them to be careful with the brushes and to take responsibilities. But the most important is to be moral.”

Her main rule is not to put out the light of her students.

It is really nice to see this kind of teachers exist – they teach with love and passion!

Me: What were the hardest moments in 2017? What significant happened?

She shares with a smile she didn’t really have hard moments. Beautiful things had happened in 2017.

I believe her as I see her harmony in everything she is doing! When people work with love the work is a joyful ritual.

She published her second book “Приказна“ (“Fabulous”). The first one was “Гримирана“. Amazing specialized literature for art, artists, makeup, painting, fairy tales, women beauty.

Svetlana: “The women I am painting on are different types – with big hearts, smiley eyes, smiley faces, charismatic.”

In 2017 after publishing her book “Приказна“, she has been traveling around the bigger Bulgarian cities to meet with friends, followers and to teach or at least give to all her professional advice, help, love and passion.

Me: What are the challenges in 2018?

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Svetlana shares she is going to organize workshops in Bulgaria, starting from Sofia, where people will be able to get professional makeup for different events, to learn how to do it by themselves. They will receive her new amazing book “Приказна“. These workshops are not only for people who are interested in makeup but for all which relax with something art, fresh and creative. For all who will enjoy painting time. For all who wants to raise up her creative potential.

Everyone who wants to join Svetlana’s workshops – there are organized in Sofia already – every Sunday! You can enjoy 3 hours of amazing time in her studio. She is going to work with really small groups and will be focused to give you as many details as you will be able to ask. Everyone gets her new book “Приказна” (“Fabulous”) and will go home with amazing makeup! 

Find Svetlana Arsova here:

Personal Facebook page

Official page

You can always call her: +359-896-659-246

Contact her if you want her new luxury book “Приказна” (“Fabulous”)! Amazing professional literature for all fans, creative gift for women and a pure adventure! 

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Of course, all books will be sent with a personal autograph and personalized sentiment!

 Find more about her personality in the video of TVNBulgaria

 

The city of the Bulgarian Tsars and Emen’s fairy tales.

Bulgaria has been established in 681. An old country with history and traditions. Situated on the Balkans and part of Europe. It is an amazing country for a trip because of its beautiful nature. Impressive mountains, The Black Sea beaches, the spirit of the Old Bulgarian traditions, the delicious food, the home-made wine and the traditional alcoholic drink rakiya – these are just a few things everyone can really enjoy in Bulgaria. There are really cheap offers for flights to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, so no matter of the season it is totally worth it to visit this small but extremely charming country!

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Tsarevec, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

Our trip starts at Sofia and we are going to Veliko Turnovo city, situated in Stara Planina mountain region. We drive 2 hours by car. The architecture of the city is unique, all the streets in the Old city are cobblestone and there are many historical places in the city of Veliko Turnovo – churches, old buildings.

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Welcome to Tsarevec! Veliko Turnovo! Bulgaria

Veliko Turnovo was Bulgarian historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. It is called the cities of the Tsars because the Bulgarian emperors had lived there and build city-state fortress. There are 3 hills – Tsarevec, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora. The river Yantra crossed the city and forms amazing Canyon in the mountain Stara Planina.

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The entrance of Tsarevec is just 3 EUR

The fortress Tsarevec is very famous because of the audiovisual spectacle “Sound and Light” which is performed every year during national holidays and festivals of the city Veliko Turnovo. It is FREE and it is performed no matter the weather conditions. It is an outdoor spectacle.

The “Sound and Light” is a spectacular thunderous show presenting the dramatic history of the Second Bulgarian State. One of the best dates to be watched are 3 and 22 March and 6 September. This time of the year the weather usually is very nice.

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View from the Baldwin tower in Tsarevec

After visiting Veliko Turnovo our last stop is 8 km away – Village Emen. The village is an eco place where you can relax in a quiet and calm place. Complex “Imenieto”  (click on teh name to find their facebook page) was my choice to stay and I love it. So much green area around, so cozy place with space for outdoor activities, a nice pool and volleyball playground. There is a spa included and the kitchen is really nice. The food is home-made and extremely delicious! This complex contains 8 wooden houses close to the forest. It smells so fresh and you could sleep so well.

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In the village Emen there is a famous Canyon called Emenski Canyon, The cave of Emen and the echo path Emen.

Massive rocks, impressive view and an adventurous path will lead you to the epicenter of the Emen’s fairy tale. It smells on fresh moss, the Waterfall of the Emenski Canyon is calling you from the beginning of the echo path. You are trying to get to this waterfall and the road is intriguing.

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at the echo path of Emen

The Canyon and the Waterfall of the village Emen are with faerie energy and the beautiful nature around is simply amazing. I feel the Bulgarian mountain is alive and it beats with the rhythm of the rocks, the wind, the water and the sky – perfect harmony between nature and her guests!

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Take the road!

2 FUN FACTS about Los Angeles

I spent just 2 days in Los Angeles. This is not enough even to get used to the air.

Los Angeles, California!

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Main rule: You need a car! The distances are big and you better have a car with you.

My first impression is it’s crowded and I see a lot of poor people on the streets. On the other side, I had the nice chance to walk through the Orange County streets and wow… Amazing country houses, summerhouses, beautiful huge houses with colorful gardens. Expensive cars on the streets. Exclusive shops. Orange County is a nice area in LA, California! Some of the houses are properties of Hollywood stars.

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Orange County streets

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2 FUN FACTS:

1. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk with stars. It was not so impressive neither so wide and shiny.

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2. The Hollywood letters are seen so small from the city center that I can’t even share a nice photo of them.

What I love about Los Angeles is the beautiful wide beaches with soft sand and ocean breeze. Amazing pink clouds and the sound of the ocean … people are running, doing exercises, chilling, eating around the ocean, riding bicycles. Kissing on the beach. It is an incredible atmosphere. Best place for a picnic.

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Two days are not enough at all. I am going to be back here. It was a pleasure to spend some time in LA and to taste the atmosphere!

Keep traveling!

У дома! Къде са тия Хасковски Минерални бани и Коледен дух

Живея в София, столицата на България, от вече почти 7 години и харесвам този забързан и изпълнен с динамика град. Родом съм от село Минерални бани, община Минерални бани, до град Хасково. Това е Южна България и тук хората са топли и усмихнати. Тук са родителите ми и моят дом, тук са детските ми мечти и приключения. Тук всичко и всичкиме ме подкрепят и обичат.

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Обичам да се връщам тук за събота и неделя и да си почивам, да се наслаждавам на красивата природа, на старите селски къщи, на миризмата на село. Обичам звуците рано сутрин. Винаги когато се прибирам натежавам с поне 2 килограма, толкова вкусни неща ми приготвят у домa, че преяждам доволно. Имаме градина и от там си късаме био зеленчуци и плодове безплатно. Имаме двор и барбекю и прекрасни зелени градини. И една страхотна череша отпред!

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Село Минерални бани е самостоятелна община. Има много добре развита спортна и фолклорна дейност. Мъжкият отбор по футбол и женският отбор по хандбал прославят малкото курортно селце. Самата аз тренирах над 10 години хандбал.

Национален курорт село Минерални бани, община Минерални бани! Добре дошли. Може да посетите сайтът на Минерални бани тук. Разбира се туристи има много и голяма част от тях се възползват от лековитата вода на минералните извори. Минералната вода е уникална по своя състав. В курортното селище има 14 бликащи извора. Повече за химичния състав на водата в Националния курорт тук.

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Има множество по-големи хотели, както и семейни хотели и стаи, където туристите отсадят и се възползват от вкусна храна, добро обслужване и спа пакети. В някои хотели има открити басейни, които са страхотни за разлечение зимата, защото наоколо има сняг, а ти си стоиш в минералната вода и снежинки валят по бузите ти…

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В малкия център на селото има обществена баня на много достъпни цени, която също предоставя достъп до минералната вода. Може да проверите цените тук.

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Природата на моя роден край е източно-родопска! Най-високият връх е Аида и е страхотно място за разходка и отдих. Гората е типичната широколистна прелест, която те приветства навсякъде из Родопите. Древните траки са населявали земите ни тук и са оставили своя отпечатък в народните традиции, празници, обичаи, като тук напълно изключвам църквата и църковните ритуали. Тук местното население наред с религиозните, е запазило и още по-дълбоки и стари традиции, които следва.

Римляните по нашите земи оставят и Римската крепост “Свети дух”.

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Разхождайки се из центъра на селото, задължително трябва да посетите стъпката на Света Богородица – местните вярваме, че тук е стъпила Богородица. И защо да не е стъпила? Теорията за хората гиганти е подкрепяна в миналото и до днес.

В община Минерални бани могат да се посетят редица каменни феномени – Орлова скала (с. Сърница), Пробития камък (с. Сърница), “Находище на момина сълза и божур” (местността Дренака). Селският туризъм предстои да се развива.

Терариумът в курортното селище Минерални бани също е страхотна атракция. Цялата информация за животинските видове, цени, контакти, къде се намира – ето тук.

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И сега какво остана? Заглавието е” У дома. Къде са тия Хасковски Минерални бани и Коледен дух”. За Коледния дух – Коледа тук е песни на коледари. Тези коледари са млади момчета и знаят песни за здраве и плодородие. Местните ги чакаме с орехи и сладки и се радваме на пестните им. Коледа тук е топлина, уют и на Бъдни вечер нечетен брой ястия. Коледа е фестивална. Да, в селцето кипи фолклорна култура и се провеждат фестивали през цялата година. Коледа е цветна, навсякъде с коледни светлини.

Благословена съм с корена си!

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Пожелавам ви Весела Коледа и Весели Празници! Много любов, мечти и прегръдки.

 

10 reasons to visit the Weihnachtsmarkt in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria

Christmas is knocking on the door. Why not enjoying a little bit of the German Christmas spirit at the German Christmas bazaar. If you live in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, or you will travel soon to Sofia –The Weihnachtsmarkt is a nice place to relax and drink a glass of glue wine with friends.

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Weihnachtsmarkt is a traditional German Christmas Bazaar but nowadays it is very popular in many European countries. Ages ago, opening this market is a symbol of the beginning of the Christmas time and welcoming the Christmas child. Nowadays is more about the Christmas and Santa Claus.

10 reasons to visit the Weihnachtsmarkt in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria

  • You can taste delicious Bratwurst and any kind of Wurst
  • You can drink glue wine with fruit taste and smell of cinema
  • You can bring your kids to a puppet show
  • All the kids can meet Santa Claus and tell him their Christmas wishes. Santa Claus is giving gifts! Maybe you will have some 
  • There are concerts and music
  • You can buy handmade Christmas gifts and handmade Christmas cards
  • You can have a walk around the wooden houses enjoying the Christmas spirit everywhere and drink hot drinks
  • You can taste Chirous
  • You can have delicious potatoes and cheese
  • You can enjoy the delicious Christmas chocolate

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The Weihnachtsmarkt in Sofia is open 11-22 h till 20 of December.

It is not a traditional Bulgarian Bazaar but it has the Christmas charm and the enthusiasm of December celebration.

Enjoy it and if you were inspired to visit the Weihnachtsmarkt in Sofia after reading this article – put your nice photos on the internet with hashtag #travellifestory. This will be the best Christmas gift for me – to see all your happy December moments!

Happy Christmas time!

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“I wish you were as tolerant as your ass”

We are drinking cocktails in the bar in Zanzibar (Tanzania) together with Faustin – our new friend called black dolphin. Check HOW WE MET MR FAUSTIN IN ZANZIBAR  and the great experience – BLUE SAFARI – organized by him!

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The bar in our hotel Coco Paradise is just so relaxed. Our friend Faustin shares with us different stories happened here, on African land. Before a year, on the New Years Eve, Faustin was called in front of the people. They loved his natural charm and wanted him New Year’s speech.

Faustin drunk 3 beers fast. Then the speech came. He stood up. Silence.

“I wish you to be as tolerant as your ass!”

Silence. Some of the quests of the hotel started whispering.

And then Faustin continued: “When we are sick – where we have injections? In the ass. When the little kids make troubles – where we slap them – on the ass. When you are tired how you can relax? The answer is sitting on your ass. When you want to meet friends – you go out sit and talk – but sitting on the ass. So I wish you to be as tolerant as the ass!”

Wild applause after the Faustin speech.

Oh, Faustin! We miss you.

I am sending kisses to the Indian ocean.

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