Category Archives: Culture

VIDEO: Bulgaria invites you to Junior Eurovision 2015

The prestigious Junior Eurovision singing contest will find its home in Bulgaria this fall, after the absolutely stunning performance that Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim gave in Malta last year. Despite the fact that Krisia was one of the youngest participants and also terribly sick at the time, the trio took the stage by a storm and secured Bulgaria the 2nd place. This brought the country much needed unity and pride, and reminded everyone that dreams do come true when we all work together and towards a common goal. Lesson re-learned! 🙂

When the winner, Italy, passed on the right to organize the 2015 Junior Eurovision contest, Bulgaria gladly accepted the invitation and is wonderfully excited to give you a tiny, little preview of what you can expect to discover when you come in November. We know that you will like it, so please enjoy!!!


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Amazing Bulgarian Talents Taking the Stage at Junior Eurovision 2014

UPDATE: Bulgaria takes the silver (2nd place) with 147 points! Congratulations to the amazing young performers and thank you all for the support you gave them. 🙂 krisia-ibrahim-hasan

This year, three absolutely amazing and extremely talented children, Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim, will represent Bulgaria at the prestigious Junior Eurovision contest held in Malta. You can enjoy the show LIVE at and support the Bulgarian delegation that will be performing “The Planet of the Children” with your vote. If you are in any of the 16 participating countries, you will have the opportunity to televote. However, if you are watching from any other country, anywhere in the world, you are welcome to hop on to while the voting window is open and cast your ballot for the Online Award.

We wish much luck to all of the contestants and may the best song win!


Bulgaria and Its Neighbors: Turkey in the Spotlight

As part of a new series called Bulgaria and Its Neighbors, ~WithLoveFromBG~ will feature each one of Bulgaria’s neighboring countries in an effort to showcase the cultural, historical, and gastronomical wealth of the region and help you maximize your time there. We will offer advice and ideas that will spark your imagination and have you crafting your next adventure in no time. Without further ado, let’s travel to the Balkans!

First up is Turkey! This South-Eastern neighbor of Bulgaria has always had a healthy dose of charm, but lately it has become a total hotspot with its colorful mix of culture and sites, beaches and bazaars. It is no wonder that returning travelers are raving about their experiences from hot air ballooning in Cappadocia to sailing past Istanbul on the Bosphorus, to completely disconnecting from the world beyond the sunny beaches of Antalya. Turkey offers value and First Choice can fly you out to this enticing land any day of the year, so here are just a few reasons why you should get yourself booked on a plane pronto.

The history

For the history buffs out there, Turkey with its rich and diverse history is a total wonderland. For the rest of us, it is an awesomely cool place to explore and learn! From the Romans, to the Greeks, Ottomans and Mongols, so many major empires have risen and fallen in this country, all of which led to the culturally rich landscape that the country enjoys. The Ruins of Ephesus are a great example of richness of the historical heritage that Turkey enjoys. When the Romans settled there, it was one of the largest cities in their empire, with a population of over 250,000 people. Today the ruins of theatres to bathhouses still stand, all impeccably preserved. Ephesus is also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis! Still, the biggest draw for visitors today is the Library of Celsus, a magnificent edifice built in honor of the Roman senator that shares its name. It truly is a spectacle to behold.

The culture

As a result of its rich history and unique location (on the corner connecting Europe and Asia), Turkey is a wonderfully strange stew of different cultures. Take a walk through Istanbul and experience for yourself the gentle meeting of the eastern and western influences that have shaped the character of the city. Wander around and you will find an ancient mosque standing next to a Greek Orthodox Church that sits next to a modern bazaar. Follow your nose through the windy, narrow streets and discover the more personal and delicious side of the Turkish culture.

The people

Whether it is because of the influx of different cultures, or just something in the air, the people of Turkey are warm and generous. Unlike other places, that may be less than thrilled to have a constant stream of visitors, Turkish people welcome tourists with open arms and treat them like family. The pride that they have for their culture and heritage is quite visible and they make it a point to introduce you to their culture and sights.

The food

With such a diverse population, it’s no surprise that the food in Turkey is delicious and eclectic. The most famous of foods are kebabs and gyros, but the offerings do not end there. Tastes from Asia, Greece, the Mediterranean, and the rest of the Balkans are all fused together in unique and delicious dishes that taste like something both familiar, and completely different, all at the same time. The criminally inexpensive prices, are even more of an incentive to dig in and explore as much of Turkey’s cuisine as possible.

Whether you’re a foodie, a collector of cultures, or just want to see some awesome sites, Turkey has something for everyone. It’s a place meant to be experienced, so don’t wait! Go explore!


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Contributed by: First Choice


Gift Corner – FOR ALL

THIS IS BULGARIA– National Video Catalog (2013) from Globus Media Group Inc


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Bulgaria is in the World Cup?

The world is football (I can’t bring myself to call it soccer) and had Bulgaria qualified to play in Brazil, you would have been hearing all about it on here from me. Sadly, it didn’t, BUT that at all does not mean that the Bulgarian presence is missing from the championship. WHAT?! HOW?! The answer is in the video.

This one is for YOU true football fans out there! You know who you are! – the ones that jump off the couch and yell at the TV every time a near-goal situation presents itself (might be guilty of that 🙂 ) and the ones who just can’t stop smiling and dancing after their team scores. I trust, that you can pick out the all time star of Bulgarian football and one of the main culprits for Bulgaria’s 4th place in the 1994 World Cup held the US. Of course it is no other then Hristo Stoichkov! As a special commentator for Univision during this world cup, he once again does what he does best– makes us feel proud to be Bulgarians and makes us part of the game. Even if you are not Bulgarian, please do tune in and enjoy! Anyway the commentary is in Spanish. 😉


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Gift Corner – FOR HER

Beads “I Love You” Bulgarian Love Letter from Bulgaria – Pandora Charm & Bracelet Compatible


Invitation to Bulgarian Theater in NYC

Bulgarian Theater in New York City There is something super cool and quite exciting brewing in the Big Apple this summer and we are dying to tell you all about it! 🙂 The Midtown International Theatre Festival is coming to town and for the first time ever it is bringing along a small taste of the Bulgarian theater for the viewing pleasure of the guests and residents of this metropolis. If you have never seen a Bulgarian play and are curious to learn more about Bulgarian culture through theater, this is your perfect chance to venture out of your comfort zone and indulge your senses with an entirely new experience. On the other hand, if you are a seasoned theater-goer and are familiar with the magic of the Bulgarian theater art, then this is a second chance to relive those precious moments when you first discovered it. Either way we are certain you will love it, so go see 33 Fainting Spells and immerse yourself in a world, you never suspected existed. Here are the who, what, when, where, and how much! Please come back and share your reviews. 🙂

Who: University Theater at New Bulgarian University

What: 33 Fainting Spells is a brilliant comedy in which young actors impress with humor and the ability to remark on the absurdity of the characters and situations.”

When: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 8:00PM and Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 5:30PM

Where: June Havoc Theatre at the Abingdon Theater Company

312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor Between 8th and 9th Avenues, New York, NY 10018

How Much: General admission – $20 / Students & Seniors – $18

Tickets can be purchased here. We hope to see you there! 🙂


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Gift Corner – FOR HER

Beads “I Love You” Bulgarian Love Letter from Bulgaria – Pandora Charm & Bracelet Compatible