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! 🙂

~WithLoveFromBG~

P.S. Crave more? Our Resources on Bulgaria page is updated regularly & features lots of interesting & useful reads. Check it out! ;)

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

$18.99

 

Next Stop, “My Bulgarian Fairytale Childhood”!

Lately I have found myself reflecting more and more on my childhood years. Perhaps this is caused by the fact that I am slowly but steadily creeping up to the “oh so scary 30!” or it could be the thought of wanting to have children soon, that keeps sending me back in time on quick and blissful revisits of my enchanted Bulgarian early days.

I was a kid during some of Bulgaria’s most trying times of its recent history, the transition period from socialism to democracy. And while I do remember the long bread lines (so long that they often times turned not one, but a few corners outside the store) I was lucky to be in childhood bliss and totally oblivious to the hardships and uncertainty of daily life that not-so-lucky grownups faced. It was in the backdrop of this political and economic turmoil during the 90’s in Eastern Europe that my most magical childhood took place and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world….not even the newest iPad! 😉

“Take me back to ‪#‎Bulgaria‬ and my childhood when picturesque train stations like this one marked the many adventures on the rails that I shared with my grandma! …Just the two of us!” – editor of With Love From BG

Most recently, Andrey Andreev Photography’s photo featuring the small train station of Rajdavitza pictured above, sent me down memory lane, when my paternal grandmother and my 6 years old self, traversed the country on rails together. Hand in hand we climbed on train after train, most often traveling to visit her mother (my great-grandmother) in the gorgeous Balkan town of Dryanovo.

Waiting on big and small train stations on early, misty summer and autumn mornings, biting into my home-made breakfast that seconds ago had emerged from my grandma’s purse, always had me feel special. I am named after here and at the time, I thought that this fact alone gave me the great privilege to travel with her, while my two younger sisters stayed at home with mom. In time I realized that these travels were my preschool education. Grandma was a recently retired math teacher and very naturally she had managed to teach me basic mathematical functions. I learned how to add and subtract in the context of the train schedule (departure and arrival times), solve the proverbial “when will the two trains meet?” problems by employing our itinerary and the order of the stations that I had somehow already memorized, and recognize basic Bulgarian geography and history (this was during my looking out the window time). She practically gave me my academic start in the comfort of the train car. Talk about experiential education! I can only hope to give same to my children one day.

Thank YOU grandma, for some of my most special childhood experiences turned into the most precious and cherished memories. Those moments are forever ours! 🙂

Bulgarian Train Station
Bulgarian rails – a gateway to my childhood Photo credit: Andrey Andreev Photography https://www.facebook.com/Andreey.Andreev.Photography

Find your own special moments along the rails, roads or waterways of Bulgaria. They are there, waiting for you to come and scoop them up. And if you have already gotten some, we wouldn’t love anything more but to hear about them in the comments bellow. 🙂

~WithLoveFromBG~

P.S. Crave more? Our Resources on Bulgaria page is updated regularly & features lots of interesting & useful reads. Check it out! ;)

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

$168.00

This is Bulgaria Click on the picture in this post to see a sample video

Take A “Happy” Walk Through Sofia’s Streets & Discover the Amazing Spirit of this City & its People

Have you ever felt so happy that you could just break out in a dance in the middle of the street? Well, a group of Sofians did just that in an effort to showcase how happy their city makes them and it looks like it was lots of fun. 🙂
Take a look for yourself and enjoy the virtual walk through Sofia’s city center! Then go ahead and have your daily “happy dance”. We sure are doing ours! 😉

Happy Sofia Video

~WithLoveFromBG~

P.S. Crave more? Our Resources on Bulgaria page is updated regularly & features lots of interesting & useful reads. Check it out! ;)

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Gift Corner – FOR ALL

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

$168.00

This is Bulgaria

 Click on the picture in this post to see a sample video

Spotted!-All About Bulgaria: Ancient Treasures Edition

Calling all explorers!!!

After a brief break, the Spotted!-All About Bulgaria series is back with a special treat for all of the explorers out there, who are itching to discover new and exciting places in Bulgaria.

Thracian Temple at Starosel
Thracian Temple at Starosel, Bulgaria
Photo credit: Andrey Andreev & Gerry Botchoukova-Farkova

This week we are highlighting just a handful of ancient cultural sights and treasures scattered throughout the country and most certainly worth a visit. Bulgaria is a 1,300 plus years old country and with that kind of longevity, it is no wonder that hidden beneath its fruitful fields and deep inside its thick green forests, there are layers up on layers of still to be discovered ancient history. From the Thracians to the Romans, to thousands of years before them both, Bulgaria’s rich and lengthy history is quickly catapulting the country to the top of the cultural and in particular the archeological niche of tourism. If we have awaken the “explorer”, “thrill-seeker” or “history-lover” in you, then don’t delay and check out the 3 articles we have selected for you this week. 🙂

As always, if you would like us to include a great find of yours in our weekly roundups, please contact us via the Contact Me page. We will be more than happy to add it to our weekly lists. 🙂

Weekly Picks:

1) Starosel: For Explorers and Wine Lovers on My Destination Bulgaria – The February feature travel article of My Destination Bulgaria is a guest post from our editor and features the Thracian Cult Complex near Starosel in South-central Bulgaria. It is an excellent starting point or you to learn more about the region, its archeological and natural endowments, and perhaps even lay the ground work for a day or weekend get away trip to the Bulgarian countryside.

2) Fourth-century CE magistrate statue uncovered in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv on The Sofia Globe – Another great artifact makes its way to the surface, when archeologists working at the Roman-era forum site in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city, had the pleasure of discovering it. Guests of Plovdiv have the opportunity to visit a number of Roman sites, among which are the Roman Theater (the Amphitheater), the Roman Stadium, and the Ancient Forum.

3) Europe’s Oldest Town Found in Bulgaria on CNN.com (reporter: Ralitsa Vassileva)- A CNN video report on an excavation site near the town of Provadia in Bulgaria, that tells bits and pieces of the story of the oldest European town discovered to date.

~WithLoveFromBG~

P.S. Crave more? Our Resources on Bulgaria page is updated regularly & features lots of interesting & useful reads. Check it out! ;)

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Valley of Thracians: A Novel of Bulgaria by Ellis Shuman

$13.46

Valley of Thracians book cover

Gift Ideas for V-Day – Bulgarian Style!

Chervena Roza BGThere is a week left till Valentines Day, which is still plenty of time to get the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, so we thought we’d offer you a few gift-ideas, Bulgarian style! 🙂  And because everything we have our hands in is always done with lots of L-O-V-E (“love” is even in our name 😉 ) we only handpicked items that we would in a heart-beat give to our special someones. 🙂 As you are well aware, we are a blog with integrity, so please do know, that when purchasing any of these suggestions, you will be supporting ~WithLoveFromBG~ and we sincerely Thank YOU for that!!! Happy gift-hunting! 😉

For Her

1) 5 Minute Peel with Bulgarian Rose & Pomegranate –  Every traveling girl needs one of those for the road!

5 Minute Peel with Bulgarian Rose & Pomegranate - .5oz$19.00 & FREE Shipping

2) Bulgarian Rose Otto 10%– A classic and an excellent way to erase the stress of the day! “Bulgarian Rose Otto Essential Oil is one of the most sought after oils for its scent, purity, and array of healing benefits.” -Amazon.com

Bulgarian Rose Otto $70.00 & FREE Shipping

3) Bead with Hearts and “I Love Bulgaria” – A perfect addition to her charm bracelet! You can also find the “I love you”s in Bulgarian and “Someone in Sofia/Varna/Burgas Loves Me” here.

I Love Bulgaria Bead$14.99

For Him

1) Cufflinks “I Love You” Bulgarian Love Letter from Bulgaria– Special gift-idea for your guy! There are also a few other styles to choose from available here.

I love you in Bulgarian Cufflinks$29.90

2) Bulgarian Flag Money Clip (Brick Wall Design) –  Elegant and stylish! Ladies, if you are dating a Bulgarian man, this is a VERY thoughtful and unique present that we guarantee he will love. 🙂

Money Clip $17.95

3) BG Bulgaria Country Euro Auto Oval- 2″ Tow Trailer Hitch Cover Plug Insert – Now we admit, this is NOT your typical V-day gift, but it is one that he will TOTALLY love and remember for years to come. As we all know, boys do like their toys. 😉 Just make sure you get the right size for his car.

2" Tow Trailer Hitch$15.99

~WithLoveFromBG~

P.S. Crave more? Our Resources on Bulgaria page is updated regularly & features lots of interesting & useful reads. Check it out! ;)

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Gift Corner – FOR ALL

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

$168.00

This is Bulgaria

 Click on the picture in this post to see a sample video

Connecting to Bulgaria

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