sofia lightning storm

  I’ve been waiting for a chance to shoot lightning for years now. It’s not as easy as it sounds — you want to be at a safe distance and ideally not get rained on, but still close enough to the action with a good vantage point. Well, I finally got lucky a couple of …

not an ordinary morning

  Back at the end of July we headed to the little town of Kromidovo (near the border with Greece) to celebrate my buddy Metodi’s birthday. It’s a beautiful little village nestled at the foot of the mighty Pirin mountain and offers a nice break from the sometimes crazy Sofia. Not being a drinker, I …

never forget your past

  One of communist Bulgaria’s most famous remnants is the Buzludzha monument, sitting atop the historical namesake peak. The UFO shaped building, opened in 1981, is little more than a ruin nowadays, but it still attracts thousands of people with its unusual architecture, unique location, and the symbol it’s become to how we handle our …

all is well in the rhodope

  The Rhodope mountains have always had a certain magnetic appeal to me. Unlike other mountains in Bulgaria that are known for their high peaks, rocky climbs or great winter sports opportunities (so much that we’ve even had people very likely set fires on purpose to clear out forests for future ski runs…), the Rhodope …

for all that it’s worth, you were worth it

  Sometimes the weather’s just not on your side and goes against your grand plans of making a great weekend getaway. But every cloud has a silver lining as they say, almost literally this time 😉 We were in Strandzha, a small-ish mountain in southeastern Bulgaria, but weren’t getting what we had hoped to be …

back home

  Continuing my before and after series, I thought it would be interesting to show you guys the transformation my apartment in Sofia went through. I bought the place in mid 2013 and started renovations in September that same year. It took a full year to get the dirty work and basic furnishings like the …

mountain at my gates

  Now that the doctors confirmed my suspicion that my knee is all good again (yes!), I felt like doing some climbing this past weekend. So we headed towards Rila and more specifically Maliovitza peak. I used to ski here when I was a kid (and afterwards as well) so I’ve admired it for a …