If You Want To Take A Peek Inside
The Ivan Vazov National Theatre is definitely one of Bulgaria's most striking buildings. Originally built in 1906 by the Viennese architects Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner it has been extensively renovated several times. First following a fire in 1923, then again in 1945 after having been seriously damaged by British bombing during WWII and its last facelift was a 100,000 Euro project in 2006.
The building is as attractive inside as it is out but I don't know whether it is open for the public just to wander around or not. If you want a freebie (ish) peek inside then pop up to the loft restaurant Antique for a coffee and take the stairs back down and poke your head round a few corners - you'll be impressed!
At easter eve we have a tradition to go before midnight to the nearest church. Than we hold lit candles as we wait for the midnight procession.If it happens that your candle puts out, you can always ask to lit it again from the person next to you.It's one of the few moments that we all foget about our daily problems and feel united by the beauty of the moment. It's soo beautiful to se the sea of candles. TheThan we walk 3 times around the church and carry the lit candles home, as a symbol of protection and light in the house through the year. we battle between each other with colorful painted eggs , and eat sweet home made pancake (usually )with raisins called kozunak.
This year - 2005 ,I was lucky to have our easter about a month after the catholic ,so when I got home I could enjoy this wonderful family holiday.
Budni Vecher (Christmas Eve) 24 December
Xmas Eve is the last day of the Xmas Lent, and the tradition calls for preparing 7, 9 or 12 vegetarian meals such as boiled white beans, peppers and/or cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, boiled wheat, pumpkin pie, dried plums or dried pears compotte, garlic, honey, fruits, traditional bread, banitsa (filo-pastry pie), cabbage pie.
To protect against a particularly evil spirt (Karakondjoto), kids should wear a garlic clove on a bracelet or necklace of white and red thread, which should be kept until Ivanovden on 6 Jan (frankly, most of us take our chances with Karakondjoto).
Under the table, we put hay and a plough, and just before sitting down, the oldest man takes the plough with three pieces of charcoal and burns incense three times -- for full table, house, pantry, stables & hangar.
The oldest woman makes the "budnik" (a young oak or pear tree, cut by a young man).. A hole is made at the bottom of the stem, and it is filled with oil, wax and incense. The stem is covered in while linen. The budnik is places in the hearth, together with the three pieces of charcoal from the plough - for wheat, wine and corn. If the pieces are covered with ash, the harvest will be good.
The oldest man and woman together hold up the biggest bread and say "may the wheat be that tall". Then the bread is broken and half is placed before the Virgin's icon. The other hald is shared among the family. once you seat on the table, you don't get up until everyone is finished. The table is not cleared until next morning (so the souls of the dead and those away can feast on it during the night.)
At midnight, the Koledari go out. The Koledari are young men who go from house to house and sing songs to 'bless' the households.
We do make the number of vegetarian meals with a mixture of traditional and modern recipes, and we leave the table until the next morning. The Koledari are still going out in smaller towns and villages.
Pancharevo lake is located about 15km south of Sofia on the way to Borovets resort in Rila mountain.
The lake is artificial and is 5km long. Many Sofians like to go there in the weekend and just walk around. The place is also good for different water sports like rowing and water skiing. Paddle boats can be hired. Around the lake you will also find cafes and restaurants.
If you want you can have a look at some of the pictures I have made there:
Past Parties photo gallery
Wherever Live performance ,Dj set , or Club party - check out the pics to feel the vibe...
Too bad the groovy design of the site doesn't compensate for the lousy photos...
They still need alot to learn on how to "capture the Spirit "of the party....
And need a better camer too!!!