September 11, 2017

Volunteers inspire me for volunteering. Julian Pishev, whom I have known for many years and his volunteering dedication to being a life mountain rescue and in the last 6 years taking active care for the Boeritsa chalet on the Vitosha mountain, give me energy and inspiration to help with running some of his communication activities.

The informative Boeritsa website (in Bulgarian) offers detailed information on all Boeritsa mountain club activities – bicycling, winter sports, volunteering activities and many others.

And that’s him on the left – blue eyes, blue T-shirt and blue skies, and inspired volunteers in action in a few shots. Kudos!


Bookstore on Wheels

September 1, 2017

I came across a Bookstore on Wheels during my recent trip to Zheravna and was fascinated by the idea – young people traveling the country with a bunch of quality contemporary Bulgarian literature books. The book I chose to buy was called “Summer” and I was lucky to get it signed by the author himself – Iliyan Lyubomirov.

“Summer”- Iliyan Lyubomirov

“when it rains
there is only
when I love
it rains”

May it be a never-ending summer!

“we are heavy
by much talking
let’s be silent
on another topic”

Above translations are mine.

Wishing Iliyan and the fascinating initiative many ardent readers.


Colours of Orthodoxy. Bulgaria

August 30, 2017

The diversity and beauty of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Colours of Orthodoxy. Bulgaria – a contest, which aims at presenting life of the Church to a wider audience.

I am not a professional photographer but as I loved the initiative, I was happy to contribute some of my photos. Good photographers play with light. But in my case, the light simply played with my photo – this light beam coming out of Priest Alexander Lashkov’s hand during a x-mas concert in 2015 was simply awesome! Serendipity.

Congratulations to the winners to be announced shortly on

Women on the Mountain

August 21, 2017

When not running Coworking Bansko, Irina Pandeva is painting lively portraits. Some of her women’s portraits will be exhibited during the forthcoming Women on the Mountain 2017 conference in Bansko for women interested in business and technology. The co-organiser of the event Damilola Omole as painted by Irina. When art and technology meet in the mountain, the result promises to be a great weekend – 1 – 3 September 2017.

Irina Pandeva – oil on canvas


August 20, 2017

Zheravna – a gem of a place where time travel is real – in terms of atmosphere, architecture and in the last 10 years – the Folk Costume Festival. In a nutshell, some of my highlights – click on the images for larger views and captions. My full album.

And the magic of the Festival in a few incredible minutes:

Coworking Bansko Revisited

August 15, 2017

Coworking Bansko has been up and running for a several months now and the community keeps on growing with people from all over the world. Thanks to those three – Bansko is seeing so many “co”s – co-living, coach-surfing, co-working …

Any time I visit here, I meet more and more amazing people – this time in my spotlight Rob Tijssen, DevOps Engineer at Mozilla. A world citizen who currently has made Bansko his home and makes it homey for all who visit him.

The Mastermind with Thalassa van Beek and her Freelance Kickstarter sounded like the thing for all who want to learn the skills they need to work online and how to find great clients.