DIY Pallet couch

I was planning to do one more Amsterdam week post as I managed to capture some great street art there, but some of the photos are on my cousin’s camera. And, the perfectionist I am, I don’t want to post until I have all the photos I want to share. So, while I’m waiting for him to send them to me, I decided I’ll show you my new home asset – a pallet couch that me and Martin made. We had the pallets for quite some time but we couldn’t find the time to process them so they could be turned in the couch I wanted. Finally, we transported them to Martin’s countryside villa, so that he could work on them in peace and he did a great job. He polished and lacquered them with colourless lacquer because we wanted to retain the natural look of the wood. Then we found a company that made us the cushions and this is the end result: a great looking, very comfortable couch for under 70 euro! I hope you like it as much as Churchill did :)

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Amsterdam week: New vs Old

Whenever I go to a new city I tend to observe the cars people are driving. And going to Amsterdam was no exception. I noticed that people drove all kinds of cars – big, small, old, new.But they all had one thing in common – all were well taken care of. This wasn’t a big surprise, considering how everything else looked like – the streets were clean, the trams – shiny and new, the buildings – both in the old city center and outside of it – were taken good care of. Maybe except the bikes – there were some pretty beat up ones. I was impressed by some luxurious and fancy new cars like this Lotus Evora:

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I was also happy to see this quirky choice of transportation:

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However, my real soft spot was for the amazing classics I found on the streets of Amsterdam:

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Amsterdam week: Canals and smiles

Traveling is my calling. Maybe it sounds a little cliche but the thing I love most is seeing new places, meeting new cultures, tasting exotic (and not-so-exotic) foods and everything else you can experience on a trip. I’m even striving to make this my job and I’m happy I’m getting there. So, naturally, I was super excited about my short trip to the Netherlands. I was getting down with a cold and we had a very early morning flight, which didn’t exactly help my condition, but even that couldn’t stop my enthusiasm. At last I was at the land of tulips, windmills, vast fields and many more. As we were there for only 3 days we spend them only in Amsterdam. And I have to say I’m in love with the city. It’s different from the other capitals I’ve been. It doesn’t have the metropolitan feel of London or Paris, where the masses can make you feel small and insignificant. It’s green and cozy, filled with history and smiling people, most of them on bikes. The medley of colors and shapes of the tilted buildings in the city center made me feel like I was in “Girl with a pearl earring” and I was fascinated by the boats and arcs in the canals that people have transformed into charming homes. And even though the city is so opened to sex and drugs, it’s one of the safest cities in Europe. Maybe that is the key. When you don’t prohibit something people feel relaxed and just enjoy it. And believe me, the people in Amsterdam looked sincerely happy and I think it’s not only because of the weed :) Needless to say, it’s definitely a place I’d love to visit again and it will be great to have a chance to see more of this beautiful country. No matter that I spend just a few days there, I’d love to share the different aspects of my trip. So stay tuned for the other posts this week.

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Summer mood

With changing my job (again!) and spending most of my free time with Churchill I haven’t had time to go on a vacation during the summer. It wasn’t such a loss considering the summer wasn’t much of a summer but still I found myself missing the feel of the sand under my feet, the sound of the waves and the unique taste the beer has when you drink it on the beach. So we did two weekends on Black sea at two of my favorite places – Burgas and Varna. Tha thing is that I’ve spent most of my summers going to either or both of these cities and every time the experience is novel. And this year was no different. Going by car we managed to make some trips that were so worth it and reconfirmed my opinion that my mother land is one hidden gem. You can see for yourself…

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Art tunnel

Since I met Martin, one of my new favorite pastimes is to explore my hometown and the amazing street art that can be found at unexpected places. My most recent find was this tram tunnel. We went there last weekend and yet again I was impressed with the skill and imagination of both local and foreign artists. I love the colours, forms the fluidity it brings to the  walls. I love how the artists transform dull sights to open air galleries. Most people think it’s vandalism, I think it’s pure awesomeness. So yet again, seeing the pieces, I was inspired and tempted to try making graffiti myself. But as the perfections I am, I think I’ll stick with the pen and paper for a little while and practice on different styles, letters and characters. So, expect to be bombarded with more street art as well as with my sketches.

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Meet Churchill

I’ve always been a fan of grumpiness. Grumpy is my favorite dwarf from the Snow white fairy tale, Grumpy cat is my idol and House MD was my preferred show for a long time. So it’s no wonder that after I lost my dog 2 years ago, I wanted to get a brachycephalic puppy. And what is better than a grumpy, snoring and altogether cute English bulldog. Me and Martin had the idea of getting one for quite some time and we even had a name for him long before we were ready to become dog owners. As a matter of fact we both clearly remember strolling in London in March and passing by Winston Churchill’s statue. I thought Winston would be a great name for our future puppy, but Martin had the better idea of calling him Churchill. So three months ago we drove to a nearby city and got our bundle of joy. And since I’m back here on WordPress, I think it’s only fair to introduce him. Everybody, meet Churchill!

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I’m back

Hey there!

It’s been a long while..again..

I have to say that almost every day of this long pause I wanted to write something and I have many excuses that I did’t. But the truth is that no matter that I was super busy with work and other stuff, some of them not that pleasant, I just wasn’t sure if I should continue writing. I just stopped feeling confident in my posts and my blog. I know I’ve found many great people because of it but something snapped in me. And now, after weeks of Martin’s constant reminders of Manon’s Maze and after reading a great post by Antoinette about writer’s block at a blog I enjoy reading, which you can find here, I decided that it’s time. I decided I should stop over-thinking and just write when I feel like it. Because it makes me feel good. So, guys, I’m back and there are lots of things I’d love to share. I hope you’ll stay tuned.

 

Thank you, Odin!

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I’ve been looking forward to a viking film or TV series for many years, and when my wishes finally came true, I was very anxious that this production was going to be, how to put it, a total crap. Maybe that’s why I was postponing it in my “to watch” calendar. But after seeing the first three episodes I do not bother about that anymore.

I’m a big fan of the Nordic mythology and I consider myself a person with some historical knowledge of the viking era. Therefore, i couldn’t help but notice numerous flaws – but they didn’t ruin the story for me. After all, the historical accounts about those days are not totally dependable.

I’m very impressed with Travis Fimmel and I think the role of the legendary Viking King Ragnar Lothbrok totally suits him. He does a great job at portraying a physical and intense character, with that spice of humor that is the viking trademark from the sagas. The rest of the cast is amazing too. The most impressive thing, however is the look of the show. Photography, art direction and just the whole look is so lush and rich, it looks like a feature film.

I am very happy that this show aired, I just hope it continues going in a this good direction.

Real life movie characters 2

Animal lover and a film fanatic can only result in lots of photos in the Zoo and a second post about those famous “stars” ‘ doppelgangers.

Life of Pi

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Simba and Nala from The Lion King

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Wuff the Prairie dog from Tom&Jerry

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Tigress from Kung Fu Panda just chillin’

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Finding Nemo

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He’s not in the movie, but I couldn’t help but think of The Pelican brief

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Real life movie characters

On Sunday we went to one my favorite places in Sofia – the Zoo. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big animal lover and spending my time with them drains me from all negativity. This time I couldn’t help but notice how all of the animals that we saw were the real life doubles of some amazing and iconic movie characters. Like Hedwig from Harry Potter:

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King Julian from Madagascar

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The Croods

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the little monkey that cause all the trouble in Outbreak

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Bambi

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Khumba

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My little pony

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