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 …

antarctica, land of eternal snow

  Astronauts have said that the most distinctive feature of Earth as seen from space is Antarctica, which “radiates light like a great white lantern across the bottom of the world”. Its ice sheet is over 2km thick on average, contains more that 90% of the world’s ice and snow, and has an area greater …

happy 30th anniversary mom and dad!

  My parents have been together for 30 years! It sounds crazy just saying it 🙂 To celebrate the joyous occasion, my brother and I decided to do something special and secretly reenact some of our favorite childhood photos that bring back so many great memories.

search for meaning in the nepal himalaya

  *** Update: Less than a week after we returned from Nepal, the 7.9 earthquake struck… what a disaster! We’re all lucky, but also really saddened by the news of this tragedy that is still unfolding in Nepal. Even the news that my post will be featured by WordPress is bittersweet, the upside of which …

scotland that you won’t forget

  Scotland had been on my mind for quite some time, probably ever since when I was a little kid and watched movies like Highlander and Braveheart. I had this mental image of what it would be like — stunning beauty, breathtaking highlands, deep lochs nestling in the midst of impressive mountain ranges, endless fields …

interstellar on earth

  I hope by this point many of you would have seen Nolan’s Interstellar, that would save me a whole lot of explanation and make this post easier to understand… In case the answer is no, you really should as it’s an amazing piece of cinema that raises a lot of questions in one’s mind, …

chasing storms

  May happens to be my favorite month of the year to travel around Bulgaria — it’s not cold anymore and you can finally enjoy the sun in shorts and a t-shirt, but at the same time temperatures are low enough to have those beautiful & crisp mornings, amazing sunsets and a view that stretches …