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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!!!

~WithLoveFromBG~

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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!

~WithLoveFromBG~

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Contributed by: First Choice

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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

 

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. 😉

~WithLoveFromBG~

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

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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~

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

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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~

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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