My Final Post

Female resting legs on a train seat with backpackWell, the final post come and I can’t believe!!! This is my almost fifth month into blogging and I’ve learned a lot about how things go on the Internet. It was like it was yesterday when we came at the first lecture in the Multimedia class. When I heard about ‘’the blog’’ which we should create I was really scared. We started with creating a page in wordpress, twitter and facebook. Then the use of soundcloud was really helpful, movie maker, youtube editor and audacity.

I prepared so many interviews, videos and pictures. When we started to make five-shot videos, it was the most interesting part for me.

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Now, when I returned to the past I understand how many thing I learn. When I first started my blog with the little knowledge I had, I just wrote and published articles. After that come interviews, slideshows, slideshows plus interview and at the end five-shot videos.

This blog started out as project of my Multimedia Journalism class which I take this semester. I started to present different places in which I personally was there with my family and friends.fp

They share their personal thoughts during the trips and I am really thankful to them.

Lyubka Kotova shared her thoughts about our vacation in Netherlands:

 ”Hague was a wonderful surprise. I was not expecting so much beauty and wilderness and felt really speechless especially when we went to the beach to saw the wonderful view of the North Sea. I also loved the people: so welcoming and joyful.”

Then, wrote about my visit to the North Bulgaria this summer. For this post I talked with Yana Aladjova. I decided to interview her because she spent her childhood there.

‘’It has a rich history and beautiful nature,’’ she said.

Ekaterina Mihaylova confessed me about her experience in Batak dam resort:

travel5 ‘’My favorite time is when I woke up early in the morning and goes in terrace with a cup of coffee and the beautiful dam is in front of me,’’ she said.

Severina Mangusheva spoke about her hometown Blagoevgrad. When I asked her to said somethimg about Blagoevgrad , Severina said:

’It is a very nice town since it is a small but still it has too many young people here, many cafés, restaurants and clubs.’’

In addition, Mirela Dineva, a sophomore student at American University in Bulgaria also expressed her thoughts and feelings about Blagoevgrad:

‘’I absolutely love it. It is such a small and cosy city and it is very friendly,’’ said Mirela Dinevano-one-realized-how-beautiful-it-is-to-travel-until-he-comes-home-and-rests-his-head-on-his-old-familiar-pillow

My last post was about a beautiful church in one small town. The church St. John the Baptist built in 1831 is one of the most attractive churches which I have visited. There I met Ivan Kanchev who was very talkative and explained a lot of things about his hometown and the church itself.

”A lot of people all over the country come to see our church and I am very proud of this,” said Ivan Kanchev

Thanks everyone for following me.:) It was a really nice journey. And at the end I want to share with you a quote:

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”Mark Jenkins

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Plovdiv

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I decided my last post to be for my favorite city- Plovdiv. I love to be there, I feel happier and livelier. I strongly recommend everyone to visit this nice city.

Plovdiv is a nice town with old and new parts that complement each other. While walking in the city center pedestrian zone between nice shops deviate only 500 meters and falls into the old town which is full of historical landmarks. Among them are the ancient stadium, amphitheater and numerous old houses that work as a museum and galleries.

Attractions:      

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Roman theater-The theatre is breathtaking and immaculate…its even used for evening drama performances. Because its on a hill, the view is amazing, you really feel catapulted into historical times

Well preserved amphitheatre. We opted to observe it from outside. If one prefers inside, there is an admission fee. We just passed by and glanced it as we saw more of this in Italy and Turkey. However, for the first timer, this would be a nice place to start with.
There is a track of Chariot racing in the oldtown althought a part of it can be seen only.

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Historic Plovdiv-Strolling around the old town part of Plovdiv is fascinating even if you don’t walk into any of the house museums. The architecture is completely different from anything I have seen anywhere else in Bulgarian or in the world. Do wear comfortable shoes though because the street “pavement” is what it was 100 years ago so you feel more like you are hiking rather than walking through town.DSC04411

Ethnographic museum-I visited the museum and it is astonishing not only from outside.The collection represents tools and crafts from the last decades .You can see traditional woolen clothes and”tsarvuli“tipicaly schoes from the old times.You will be satisfied visiting the real atmosphere of the poor,middle class and rich furnishing rooms of people living in the past in Bulgaria. Very informative museum, covering various areas of Bulgaria. Excellent value at 5 lev entry fee. No guide, but all information is in both Bulgarian and English. Very beautiful building in itself, with out all the interesting artifacts inside. If you visit one museum in the old town of Plovdiv, this is the one to see 🙂

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Nebet Tepe-This place is a must, if you want to see Plovdiv from above! The way up there goes up through the Old Town, but once you’re there, it’s really worth it. I only found it a pity that it’s not very clear what those ruins served for. But the view is really unforgettable!

Nebet Tepe got its name from the Turks, its first fort from the Thracians (or the Dacians, depending on who you believe), its current ruins from the Romans, and who knows who else. The ruins are in splendid dis-repair, just letting it all hang out in the sky above Plovdiv, an amazingly lovely town of about 400,000 surrounded by open country. The view from Nebet Tepe is wonderful, and the nonchalance of the place invites a nice long sit. Do not miss the leafy beer garden adjacent; along with Bulgaria’s famous beer there are substantial snacks on offer, including some of the best fried chicken legs we had ever tasted.

DSC04402Djumaya Mosque-This mosque is one of the interesting places in Plovdiv. It is placed near the roman stadium. One may pay attention to the sun clock on the right side of the building. By the way it is working mosque.

Hotels:

Leipzig Hotel

Trimontium Princess Hotel

Hotel Imperial

Avion Hotel

Restaurants:

Dayana

The food is typical Bulgaria and nice atmosphere, folk patterns and elements in the furniture,walls,and plates. I recommend this restaurant because it is at the centre of the city.

Elea restaurant- it is a Greek restaurant.

Happy Bar&Grill

This is a very popular place to visit in Plovdiv – I would recommend it for a casual lunch or dinner. There is also a sushi bar.Very good service, food, and atmosphere. It is more expensive than the average restaurants in the city, but the clients don’t seem to mind, because it is always full of people.

Taxi

 

Biga 9198- 032/9198

Vip Taxi- 032 / 6103

Express- 032 / 6600

Korona- 032 / 6162, 6182

                   If you go to Bulgaria, do not miss spending some time in Plovdiv!

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Go travelling to find yourself

It is a story made by twitter commnets 🙂

If you want to try http://storify.com/

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St. John the Baptist-Bratsigovo

Bratsigovo is located in the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains in the valley, which is west of Peshterska Valley and north of the Thracian Plain. Bratsigovo is a place of one of the bloodiest battles during the April Uprising. Bratsigovo municipality has a rich cultural heritage. The municipality has a lot of evidence left by the Thracians, Romans, Slavs and Bulgarians.

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*Mounds in village of Ravnogor were of Thracian origin. Here is the largest domed Thracian tomb in Bulgaria. Thracian tombs are from the early Christian church in Isperihovo.

*Monuments from the Roman era are the fortress of the XII century “Vetrahokastron” near Bratsigovo and there are many bridges, Roman roads and temples.

*The historic museum contains many photographs and documents, objects and weapons, tracing the history of the settlements and the struggles of its inhabitants during the April uprising.

* Damova house is a monument of culture and is now a tourist complex.
* Community Center “Trendafil” founded in 1874 with funds from Vasil Petleshkov is a cultural center to liberation and beyond.

*Ethnographic exhibition – remarkable architectural monument, which presents Crafts: rose oil, weaving and more.
* Exposure “Bratsigovo School of Architecture” presents the Bratsigovo masters of the Ottoman Empire.
* Exposure in the home of Vasil Petleshkov.
* “St. Trinity “in the village of Jrebichko

* Cultural Center, built in 1956

*Bratsigovo Church – built in 1831
This weekend I was in Bracigovo and I visited this beautiful church ”St. John the Baptist. The weather was sunny, everything in the church was green, full with flowers and childern. The pope was there and he explained to us a lot about the history of the church. The church “John the Baptist” created in 1832 is a cultural monument and is widely known with its highest church tower on the Balkans. It is 35 meters tower, created by self-taught artist Ivan Dragov. The belfry is 28.61 metres in height and the width of the tower adds up to 4 m. The town clock is on the third floor. Acoustics related pots were built-in in the walls of the church. A printed Gospel of 1572 was found in it. The house of Priest Sokol (1849) – Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee of Bratsigovo.
I met there a young local man who said very interesting thing about his hometown and the church.

”A lot of people all over the country come to see our church and I am very proud of this,” said Ivan Kanchev

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Blagoevgrad through my eyes

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Hmm, Blagoevgrad!!! This week I decided to present Blagoevgrad, because it is very special for me. Here I spent 4 years from my life and I feel this city like it is my second home. Blagoevgrad is situated in southwestern Bulgaria and it is close to Sandanski and Bansko. Blagoevgrad is 101 km south from the capital of Bulgaria- Sofia and very close to Republic of Macedonia.

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‘’I absolutely love it. It is such a small and cosy city and it is very friendly,’’ said Mirela Dineva

Blageovgrad is not big city, so getting around is very easy with your two feet.

Today for the visitors of the town, interesting place is the Renaissance neighborhood “Varosha“. I really like this place; it has a unique Bulgarian architecture and historical museum. A nice place for a walk with a lot of restaurants, hotels, galleries and gifts shops.

‘’It is a very nice town since it is a small but still it has too many young people here, many cafés, restaurants and clubs, ’’ said Severina Mangusheva

The church is also located in the old town and it is a great site for photos, and the old homes built in the 1800’s in Varosha make you feel as if you traveled back in time.

In Blagoevgrad are located two Bulgarian Universities-  American University in Bulgaria and South University “Neophyte Rilski” The city is also famous with its beautiful and functional town centre, all laid out in marble.

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Another interesting place to visit is the zoo park in Blagoevgrad. The zoo is home for more  than 300 inhabitants. Alley 1- 1fish, turtles, rodents – rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, otters, birds – peacocks, chickens, pheasants, ducks, geese. Alley 2- Pheasants, ostriches, deer, Vatus Lama, Tibetan yak, buffalo, ponies, nose bear, monkey, raccoon, parrots, bears, wild boar. Alley 3- Cameroon goats, deer, mouflon. Alley 3- Lions, jaguars, wolves, jackals.Blagoevgrad zoo is open for visiting every day from 8:30 a.m. to 20:00 p.m. Tickets- 1 lev and free admission every Tuesday.

How I said I am fourth year in Blagoevgrad and I have visited a lot of places around Blagoevgrad, so I want to recommend some of them.

The first place which you should visit is Rila Monastery. It is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.

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Nearby Blagoevgrad tourists can find Bachinovo Prak, just 3,5 km away from the city.

Bodrost Resort is situated in Northwestern Rila and offers numerous villas and bungalow for all year round relax and vacation. Recently the local authorities announced the construction of a big resort complex in the site with several ski slopes for winter tourism.
The pyramids of Stob are exceptionally beautiful earthen pyramids capped with rocky blocks.

Hotels

Hotel Ezerec- http://ezeretz.com/

Hotel Varosha- http://www.varosha.net/

Hotel Kardinal- http://www.cardinal-bg.com/

Transportation

Bus station:

Before a month there were two bus stations, situated on the two sides of the train station. Now, only the so-called “State Bus Station” exists. It is to the east of the train station, from where depart buses to Sofia, Plovdiv, Pazardzhik and most major towns in the area, e.g. Sandanski, Gotse Delchev, Petrich, as well as Strumitsa.
Telephone: 073/884009

Website: http://www.avtogara-blagoevgrad.info/

Station:

Telephone for information and tickets: (073) 88 56 95; mobile phone 0884 405 621

Website: http://razpisanie.bdz.bg/site/search.jsp

With a car:
Blagoevgrad is a major point of international road Sofia-Kulata- Athens. By this road you can easily reach the city. The distance from Sandanski is around 65 km; from Razlog- 53 km; from Bougras- 364 km and from Plovdiv around 136 km.

Taxi:
There are several taxi companies:

Megashans: (Telephone: 073 /88 22 22)
Tip-top: (Telephone: 073 / 83 33 33)
Day and Night: (Telephone : 073 / 83 222 3)
OK taxi (Telephones: 073 / 83 21 21; 073 / 88 21 21; 0887 21 00 00)

 

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Batak Dam Resort

The Batak Dam resort is located at a distance of about 8 kilometers from the town of Batak and 24 kilometers from Velingrad. The resort lies on the shore of the Batak Dam in Tsigov Chark area, on average attitude of 900 – 1,100 meters.

The climate here, up to 1,000 meters above the sea level, is transitional continental, and the highland and alpine areas are under the mountainous climate. The snow in winter lasts from 2 to 5 months.


Batak Dam is famous among fishermen as a wonderful fishing destination. The immediate proximity of the resort to the hills of Golyama Syutkya peak (2,186 meters above the sea level) in the Rhodope mountains offers good hiking opportunities. The lake offers various water sports practicing – water wheel riding, boating, jet skiing, etc. There are several hunting grounds on the territory of Batak Municipality, which develop hunting tourism as well.

During the winter season, the Batak Dam is an attractive place for admirers of the winter sports. The resort offers a ski track, 1,500 meters long. The lower part of the track is inclined and is suitable for beginners. It is equipped with two rope lifts with handles. The upper part of the slope is steeper; it is equipped with a tow lift. There is a ski cloakroom available for tourists.

”If you are in Bulgaria take the time to venture to this place.  I am absolutely sure that you will enjoy it and will love to return someday to discover more and more,” said Ekaterina Mihaylova

There are many hotels, villas and family hotels on the territory of Batak Dam. The towns of Batak, Velingrad and Peshtera are situated in the vicinity and offer many cultural and historical landmarks.

Here is my slideshow with a lot of beautiful pictures from Batak Dam. And you have the pleasure to listen to how Ekaterina Mihaylova explains her experience and vacations during winter and summer seasons. 🙂

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Some checks before you leave to travel

indexTravelling is often a great experience and you obviously look forward to flying out to a new destination. You may either be travelling because of a business trip or simply want to sample out the various amazing destinations all over the world. Before setting out on a journey, it is essential to take quite a number checks into consideration, to ensure that your journey plays out as planned, without any inconveniencies.

 

 

Identification Documents.

  • travel documents certified by your local authorities.
  •  identification documents.
  • a travel visa and a passport

Therefore, it is up to you to ensure that the required documents are valid and authentic as per the policies of your destined location.

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Transport and Accommodation in New Destination.

By their nature, new destinations are always challenging in terms of moving around or even locating where is where. Besides booking the most reliable airline for transport, it is wise to look for accommodation services. Make an attempt to make a prior booking in one of the hotels on sites such as booking.com so as to have an easy time in your destination.

Learn the Language

Get a phrase book, or do some language CD’s before you go. iphone have some great app’s to learn some simple phrases.

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Laws and Polices of New Destination.

Most people actually forget to check this. Different countries have varying regulations and policies on various issues. It is important to ensure that none of your luggage, among other things, is outlawed in the destination you are flying into.

Beware of Emergency Numbers.

Problems or accidents may occur while in your destination. Always equip yourself with the emergency numbers of the area. Some essential emergency numbers include the police, fire departments and hospitals.

Think about your budget before your trip

One of the most important things that everyone should do before travelling is to budget. Why? Because as dreamy as our vacation is, we don’t want to end up short of money during our trip.

You should know the attractions that you are going to and do a lot of research. Nowadays it is so easy to research the average daily travel cost per country, there are actually sites that provide this information.

You should have a health check before your travel

If you have ever been really ill in a trip to a foreign country, you should know how it feels to ruin your vacation for you. This situation can be very uncomfortable and expensive for people that have gone to sickness during their trip. That is why before you pack on your favorite swimming outfits or that gadget that you want to bring along, make sure that you have taken a look at the really important thing which is your health. There are many things that you can do to get a health check and be prepared for your travel.

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In conclusion, observing these  checks before you leave to travel will ensure that you have a smooth, enjoyable journey with minimal inconveniencies.

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A Day in Peshtera

Peshtera is my hometown and it is in southwestern Bulgaria, located in the Upper Thracian Lowlands at the foot of the Western Rhodopes. It takes its name from the many caves (peshtera is the Bulgarian word for ‘cave’) found in the vicinity.Peshtera is a small town, but very beautiful and I think it’s an amazing place to visit. When you arrive in Peshtera I recommend you first to visit Snejanka cave.

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You can reach to it on foot from the city, by a taxi or own transport. The road stops to some moment and it is necessary to go quite long and quite difficult transition to reach the cave. You should climb about 830 meters long steep green path. It is for half an hour if you are in good physical condition or about 45 minutes if you are not passionate climber and mountaineer.  Snejanka Cave is rightly called one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria. Its beauty is due to the snow-white marble grain through which the river Novomahlenska flowed for more than three million years.
Hence the name of the cave. In the so-called Magic Room, including fine sinter formations and lakes, the eye easily distinguishes the figure of Snow White (“Snejanka” in Bulgarian), its canopy bed and other parts of the beloved fairy tale, created as if from a fairy snow white matter.

Enters in the cave are in groups and during specific hours. At each hour makes an entry, the first is at 10:15 and the last is at 17:15. Inside is cool and if you go in summer you should wear a coat (constant temperature is about 8 degrees). The tour lasts approximately half an hour.

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I can’t show you photos from the cave because it is not allowed to use your camera inside.

Here are some photos from the town:

Hotels which I recommend:

Hotel Domaine Peshtera– it is 10- minute walk to the centre

Heta Complex Hotel & Spa– located in the centre of the town

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6 weeks of Travel Blogging – It’s About Learning & Growing

“Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.” – Tennessee Williams

Today, February 25, 2013, is my six weeks blogaversary! I chose to write about travel, my greatest passion and… after only a few weeks I found out that blogging was simply fantastic.

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Since then I have learn a lot of things. For my blog I should write, edit, record interviews and shoot photos. There were a huge number of things that were unknown for me. For example, word press, soundcloud, windows movie maker, how to make a video with slideshow and audio and a five shot movie. I have learned how to go out and make interviews with different people with digital equipment. I shared the information which I collected every week in my blog and learned how to connect to Twitter.

I met fantastic people who share their interests, I had a chance to document my travels, and hopefully I will inspire other people to escape their comfort zone and explore the unknown.

Last week, I met accidentally a man who worked for the big company HP. His name is Stefan Marinov and he works as executive producer and this position gives him the opportunity to travel a lot. He said to me:

‘’I’m so happy to travel. To be able to travel where I want, when I want. There’s a lot of luck and happenstance involved—a lot of work, too—but I know I’m lucky to be able to travel so much.’’

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Flori Ivanova was one of the persons who I interviewed for my weekly post. She is a sophomore student at AUBG, who is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science and International Relations. She told me a lot of things about The International Festival of Masquerade Games “Surva” in Pernik. After her story about the festival, next year I absolutely will go to visit the most authoritative event for traditional national masked games and customs. She said that people are: ‘’Dressed like animals, scarecrows, devils, ducks and large bells attached to the belt.’’

Then, I wrote about my personal experience in Netherlands. I decided to make the post with the structure-  the top 10 list; I think it is one of the best. It is easy to read and more helpful.

I was so happy when I wrote this post because a lot of memories came into my mind. I spent there a week with my best friend Lyubka. When I interviewed her she said:

Hague was a wonderful surprise. I was not expecting so much beauty and wilderness and felt really speechless especially when we went to the beach to saw the wonderful view of the North Sea. I also loved the people: so welcoming and joyful.”

My last post was about North Bulgaria. I was inspired to write about this region in Bulgaria because a friend of mine Yana. Her hometown is Vidin and she said something about it:

‘’It has a rich history and beautiful nature.’’

So I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for following my blog and videos the last 6 weeks, and I look forward to sharing yet another few months with you all! 🙂

At the end I want to share with you my favorite quote:

”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

The souvenir is an important component of the tourist experience, with most tourists bringing back mementos and souvenirs as evidence. People like to be reminded of special moments in their lives and to hold evidence of those special moments. So, I decided my five-shot video to be about souvenirs.

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My First Video

This is my first 5 shot movie during my Multimedia Journalism class. This has nothing to do for with my topic, but I hope you will enjoy it.

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