Thumbs up again :-)

June 25, 2017

Ever since I have known Ralitsa Assenova in 2014 I associate the Young European Cinema Meeting in Bulgaria with her. This year (19-25 June 2017) the movies I saw were no exception – exceptionally good: “La loi de la Jungle” and  “As I Open My Eyes”.

The former – a French comedy, the latter – Tunisia in the summer of 2010 – just a few months before the revolution – a moving story about the love of freedom, and not only, repressing regimes and not only. Fara herself from the movie (Baya Medhaffar) was there – in the photo below. Keep up the great idea!

From left to right: Baya Medhaffar, Ralitsa Assenova


Feeding Anaconda

June 23, 2017

Anacondas are the largest snakes in the world known for the method they use to kill their prey – constriction. Same as the shade in all of us.

The author of “Feeding Anaconda” (in Bulgarian) – Janeta Stoykova is one of the most supporting people I have ever met, applying just the opposite method of constriction in every situation.

Her book about the (im)possible connection with oneself, all people of importance around us, and the world, is an incredible combination of philosophy and personal experiences told in a very engaging way.

“That is why I share with you some of my music… If it irritates your ears, maybe it is not for you or maybe … it is exactly the music you need.” As my personal Anaconda is insatiable, Janeta’s music (composition of words) is the sound my ears love to hear.


What a peacock

June 16, 2017

Peacocks  – these large pheasants with iridescent tails (even when the tails are all in white) are amazing. If you click on the image below, you will see this gorgeous peacock in its full fashion show majesty. Photo courtesy: Chris Georgiev.

Click on the image to see the peacock in motion


TED Elsewhere

June 15, 2017

Sarah Knight in this TEDxCoconutGrove Talk “The Magic of Not Giving a F*** ” – is simply brilliantly honest in sharing how to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like”. Be careful with your f*** bucks 🙂

And Jennice Vilhauer at TEDxPeachtree “Why you don’t get what you want; it’s not what you expect” is a delight to watch with great take-aways. In the battle of what we want and what we expect, what we expect wins. Examples-backed talk on how to harness the mind’s power of anticipation to create positive future thought and action.  Actions as reflections of expectations.


Tuga Bar

June 11, 2017

Tuga is how the Portuguese are referred to. Tuga Bar in Sofia is run by a real Tuga lady and it offers traditional Portuguese dishes and drinks. The deserts are simply irresistible and the sound of fado complements the overall homey atmosphere. Their home-made sangria was delicious. I personally went for Port wine – a “must” taste there! Felicidades!


Vitosha – 10 June 2017

June 10, 2017

Inspired by a few photos of pink pine cones of last week, today we mountaineered the Vitosha mountain until we found what we were looking for. Wonderful day in nature! Some of the spectacular views we came across can be found in this 60-seconds video.