Dubai is the ultimate Middle-East fairy tale with a futuristic twist. It is so fascinating to see that in fact, the sky really is the limit for human capabilities. Literally. I've already been twice in Dubai, both time spending around 24 hours between flights. To me, Dubai is not a destination itself (feel free to prove me wrong on the comments bellow). With all existing flight connections between Europe and Asia, it is indeed a hub. But a hub that deserves to be explored. As
While in Bulgaria, we've planned a short getaway to Greece. It's quite hard to believe (as a Bulgarian), but I've never been to my country's southern neighbour. We've planned one day for Athens and three more days to explore the romantic island of Santorini. And as both places are very touristy, we went in a kind of a middle-season in order to not find them too crowded. We arrived in Athens in around 7:30 a.m. and got the airport shuttle to the city. Bus X95 goes directly to
Before moving to Lisbon, Sofia was the city I was calling Home. First moved here in 2004 and over the years I had kind of Love-Hate relationship with it. Either I was hating it and would not go out of my routine for days, may be weeks, or I was madly in love with it and could not get tired of walking around it, even if that would mean to pass on the same street million times. Because in every season Sofia is different. Actually, Sofia is different every day... Last time I wen
After visiting Angkor Wat, and before heading to Angkor Thom we stopped at the Phnom Bakheng. It was once the state temple of the first Khmer capital in Angkor and was built in late 9th century. Climbing the hill to reach the temple supposedly rewards with views towards Angkor Wat and all the area around. In my opinion however, it was way too far, to actually enjoy any views of the temple complex. Adding the heat while climbing (it could also be climbed by an elephant ride) a
Angkor Wat was an amazing experience, but it was just the start of our tour around the Khmer ancient heritage. Another major site is Angkor Thom. We entered by its South Gate - the best-preserved of its five getaways. An impressive causeway received us before arriving to the gate. It has 154 stone statues - gods on the left and demons on the right side, each carrying a giant serpent. After we passed the South Gate, the tuk-tuk left us to explore Angkor Thom at our own pace. A
Yesterday Portugal celebrated Mother's Day. In my homeland Bulgaria we don't have such a special holiday, dedicated to those who gave us life. We surely give importance to International Women's Day and in some kind, it's when we praise our mothers. But as I'm living abroad I'm embracing all these new customs and traditions... Today, as I was getting dressed I realized how my outfit was more than 90% influenced by my mom's style. The silhouette of the dress, the wedge sandal,
Enjoying the bustling life of Siem Reap was so nice but getting to bed early was essencial. We've booked a Sunrise tour to Angkor Wat. This meant waking up at around 4 a.m. as the tuk-tuk would pick us up at 4:45 a.m. I was super excited but no one deserves to wake up that early on vacation. We left the hotel on time and headed to buy the tickets - 37$ per person/one-day ticket. The ticket booth was much bugger than I was expecting and this was the first time I realised how t
Siem Reap is for sure the base camp for everyone, who wants to visit the heritage of Angkor Wat. The name of this kind of small but very vibrant town literally means "Siem defeated", celebrating the 17th century Khmer victory over the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya. On our first afternoon in Seam Reap we found a very nice and not very big temple - Wat Preah Prom Rath, just next to the river. In the courtyard there is a statue of a carriage, telling an ancient buddhist legend about
It was definitely nice spending a day in Sihanoukville and blending with the locals as they enjoy life at its fullest, but our real beach vacation was waiting for us one boat trip away. We were going to Koh Rong island - a magical, quite place with white sand and crystal clear sea water.
The transfer boat would leave at Port 65 in Sihanoukville. The night before we've arranged a tuk-tuk driver to pick us up at the hotel and to take us there. He guaranteed he knows the port.
After the quick, but very nice walk in Phnom Penh city centre and spending almost an hour to reach the airport to catch our flight to Sihanoukville, we arrived to backpackers' paradise. Actually, it is not that far away from the capital, but when planning the trip I read that the "highway" between both cities is the most dangerous one in the entire country. And as it is Asia, and traffic there is crazy, we've chosen the safest option to get there - by plane. When buying the t
When starting the trip, our plan was to fly Lisbon - Ho Chi Minh City, where we would stay one night and the following morning would leave for Phnom Penh, where we would have almost the entire day to walk around the city before leaving for Sihanoukville on the next morning. It seemed to be in a bit of a rush, but we were about to have just the enough time to see and do what we wanted to in Phnom Penh. We were about to see more of HCMC in the end of the trip. But, as in fact,
Staying over night in Abu Dhabi was not part of our plan. We thought about it, but as we were about to be always on the go, visiting several different places, when buying the plane tickets simply chose the best connecting option to Ho Chi Minh City. I was still curious to visit Abu Dhabi but it was not going to be on this trip. At least this is what I thought.
Then, we found out how true is the saying "plans are made to be changed". When arriving for our connecting flight, t
Yesterday was Lisbon's Half Marathon. 21 km run, which I signed up for just 3 days in advance. Therefore, you can imagine what kind of preparation I had. Yes, zero. And I haven't being running for at least two weeks. Not to mention, that I've never ran for more that 7-8 km in a row my entire life. So, yesterday was an interesting day. Honestly, the idea of participating in a half marathon had been in my head for a while, but I was never feeling physically prepared. Not even w
After spending our first two days in the End of the World off-roading and penguin watching we really thought we have already seen the best of it. But Nature decided to prove us wrong. We've planned our third day for climbing Glaciar Martial. Named after the explorer Luis Fernando Martial, chief of the French expedition that reached the area with scientific purposes in 1883, it is the most important source of fresh water in Ushuaia. Glaciar Martial lies 1050 meters above sea l
When I first came to Lisbon I was living with one of my best-friends to be (we had just met at the time) and we were having so much fun together. We were out and about every moment we had the chance to experience this magical city and living some of the best months in our lives. Because Lisbon is not just the "city of lights". It is so much more. It's colourful and happy, and dreamy and kind of melancholic. May be fado is the reason for the last one but still, it's part of it
My excitement of going to Ushuaia was as high as our plane flying over Argentina getting there. Although it was impossible to see anything but vast land, I was always glued to the airplane window. Every flight is like a first to me! There is something so magical in Patagonia. Is it the snow in summer time, its proximity to Antarctica with animals we see only in a zoo or its almost never ending days with breathtaking sunsets? Yes, Ushuaia is a one of a lifetime experience.
Today my home land celebrates the Liberation Day. So, I thought there is no better day to start a series of publications, dedicated to Why and what to visit in Bulgaria. And because my favourite city is the one I was born in, I am happy to present you Ruse - also known as The Small Vienna. Ruse is located in North-East Bulgaria, on the Danube shore. The river always had an important role in city's life and development. During the 1-st century B.C. a Roman military camp and fo
Our last day in Buenos Aires was planned for a day-trip to Colónia del Sacramento - a small picturesque town in Uruguay, founded in 1680 by the Portuguese Governor of Rio de Janeiro. But after experiencing some troubles buying the boat tickets and being advised by several people, we switched it to a short train trip to Tigre. Tigre is a small town, located 35 km North of Buenos Aires, on the delta of Luján river. Although the colour of the water is not what I would call "beau
През вторият ден от престоя ни в Буенос Айрес се разходихме от Палермо (кварталът, в който бяхме отседнали) до Ла Бока (La Boca) - цветният крайбрежен квартал, който диша Танго. Именно този ден вървяхме 23 км из града и благодарение на обаянието му, ми се стори просто като приятна разходка, а не като маратон. :-) Вървейки към Ла Бока минахме отново през Микроцентъра и продължихме на юг към Сан Телмо. Тук спряхме, за да посетим El Zanjón de Granados - уникален градски архитект
During our second day in Buenos Aires we went for a walk from Palermo (where we were staying) to La Boca - the colourful neighbourhood that breathes tango. This is the day we walked for 23km around the city. And thanks to its beauty it felt really like a lovely walk. On our way we passed (again) on Microcentro and further South on San Telmo. Here we stopped for a visit at El Zanjón de Granados - a unique urban architecture site of old brick tunnels labyrinth, sewers and ciste