In Episode 003 of the Curious Pavel Podcast Sessions we are heading to my motherland, Bulgaria. I am having a wonderful talk with a local tour guide, Desi. Although I’ve never met Desi before and this is just the 2nd time we interact, I am always happy to have a chat with her. Hearing the passion and positivity in her voice can motivate you to explore any place she talks about. In addition to the “useful stuff” we talked about places from “off the beaten track” that you can explore near Sofia.
Listen to the podcast here:
Mentions in the podcast:
- Places to eat and drink: Raketa Rakija Bar and Sputnik (for best rakija in town); Cosmos; The Little things; Made in Home; Shtastliveca
- To visit: St Nedelya square with the 4 religions – Christian Orthodox, Catholic, Synagogue and Mosque; St. George Rotunda (4th century); St. Sofia (6th century); Boyana Church; Main pedestrian street – Vitosha; NDK – national palace of culture
1 day trip from Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church OR Plovdiv (the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe)
“As an experienced tour guide and travel advisor, I’ve visited many European countries, but something always pulled me back to my own country, Bulgaria. People often say that, “There are no coincidences.” For years my mum had been asking me to take a few days off and travel with her. Like many people, I had spent so much time looking for something over the fence. I never looked in my own back yard. When I finally took my mother up on her offer, she introduced me to so much Bulgarian history and showed me many places of natural beauty that I had never seen before. It was truly one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had, and it lit a spark within me! I became passionate about sharing my beautiful country with others, but from a Bulgarians perspective.”