Saturday, December 2, 2017

My life in the past few months...




I spent the first few days of my holidays simply relaxing at home and on August 10th /Thursday/ the four of us drove to Greece…:)

Our first destination was the famous sea resort Paralia Katerinis. We stayed at hotel ‘Olympus’ which was right next to the beach… The hotel itself was nothing special but the service was excellent and the breakfast – delicious…:) Unfortunately we didn’t like Paralia Katerinis very much – it was too crowded and noisy… Our hotel was at the centre so we couldn’t sleep well because of the constant noise coming from the numerous bars and restaurants which seemed to work non stop… Of course, not everything was that bad – we greatly enjoyed our night walks along the beach or through the big street market… And we had some really wonderful Greek food too – especially our dinner at restaurant Zografos was amazing…:) They had live music which added a special flavor to the delicious seafood we were having…:)

On August 12th /Saturday/ we left Paralia Katerinis and drove to Kalampaka. It’s a beautiful village right at the breathtaking rock formation Meteora… We stayed at ‘Pineas’, a lovely hotel with a pool and both our rooms had fantastic view of Meteora…:) We spent the whole afternoon by the pool and in the evening we went to have dinner at Meteora Restaurant…:) It was my birthday, so we just had to celebrate it properly…:) After the delicious dinner, we had some ice-cream and then came back to our hotel to spend some more time by the pool and to play some badminton… It was so much fun!:) And we finished the night on the terrace of our room, chatting and enjoying a glass of whiskey /Coca-Cola for Vanyo:)/ and the beautiful view of Meteora… I saw a falling star and wished to come to Meteora again…:) It was an incredible birthday, one of the best I’ve ever had…:)

The following day after breakfast /by the way, the breakfast in Pineas was fantastic – everything was fresh and tasty:)/ we went to see the famous monasteries in Meteora. The super friendly owner of the hotel has given us a map and detailed explanations so we could easily find all of the monasteries…:) We greatly enjoyed our trip but all that climbing made us feel tired so after having light lunch in Kalampaka /gyros:)/ we spent the afternoon and evening by the pool again…:)
 
The next day /August 14th, Monday/ we drove to Athens. We stayed at a lovely and super comfortable apartment in the centre of the city. As soon as we settled, we went to explore the Greek capital…:) It was too hot and we were very tired by the travelling so we didn’t see much that day but it was nice to get a first impression of the city…:)  

Our second day in Athens was fantastic as I met two penpals!:) First I met Christine – she came in the morning to pick us up and to take us sightseeing…:) It was great to finally meet her after being penpals for so many years!:) She was just as wonderful, friendly and witty in real life as in her letters!:) Christine was a fantastic guide – she showed us all the most important sights giving us interesting information about them…:) We enjoyed our time with her to the fullest!:) And in the evening I met another Greek penpal – Angeliki.:) We had coffee together at a very nice café called Mikel…:) It was wonderful to spend some time with Angeliki too!:) I hope I will get another chance to meet both Christine and Angeliki in the near future!:) 

We had dinner at a lovely restaurant close to the Acropolis which Christine had kindly found for us…:) The food was delicious and there was some live music too to add to the fun!:)  

The following morning we drove to our final destination – Nafplion.:) Minnie had visited this beautiful town at her school practice in 2013 and had fallen in love with it so she wanted to show it to her family too!:) We stayed for three nights at a very nice hotel called ‘Ignatia’. It was right at the beach and I greatly enjoyed looking at the sea from our balcony…:) The breakfast at the hotel was fantastic and they gave us welcome drinks /a bottle of very good white wine for each room/…:) There was a tavern right next to the hotel so we enjoyed some delicious seafood lunches and dinners there…:) We spent our days at the beach and our evenings in Nafplion which was such a picturesque town that the rest of us fell in love with it too…:) So I suspect this won’t be our last visit there...:)  

We came back home on August 19th /Saturday/. And on the Monday, August 21st, Minnie left for her Summer School of Classical Languages… She stayed there for a week and as always has had a great time learning and socializing with her friends…:) As for me, I spent the last week of my holidays simply relaxing and enjoying the time with my husband and son…:) 

I got back to work on August 28th /Monday/. Luckily my first days after the holidays weren’t too busy so I could gradually get into working mode... :) 

I saw three more movies in August after my previous post here -  ‘Wild’ /a great movie - so beautiful and touching...:) And Reese Witherspoon has done an incredible job! Two thumbs up!:)/, ‘Fantastic Four’ /nothing special…/ and ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ /a very silly movie/. 

I’ve read two books in August. The first one was ‘Nine Dragons’ by Michael Connelly. I was a bit disappointed as my favourite character Mickey Haller appears only shortly in the story but it was still an interesting read…:) 

The second book was ‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustave Flaubert. It was the 9th book of my ‘19th Century Golden Books Collection’. It is really well written but I stuggled with it because the main character greatly annoyed me...:( I found Madame Bovary so vane, seflish and stupid that I couldn't feel for her at all... Even her suicide was a silly and cowardly decision in my opinion... 

The first few days of September were quiet ones but as soon as the children started their studies, our lives became insanely busy again…  

Minnie’s academic year started on September 11th /Monday/. She is in the 3rd year of her education and she enjoyes her Medical studies more than ever as they have more practice now…:) 

Vanyo started school on September 15th /Friday/. He is in 7th grade now. It is the most difficult year for him so far because at the end of it he should pass some really serious exams. If his results are good, he would be able to continue his education at a prestigious school… He also has new subjects and new teachers again… So please, keep your fingers crossed for him!:) 

September 22nd is a public holiday /Independence Day/ and as it happened on a Friday, we had a 3-day weekend… And we decided to go back to Meteora as we really loved it there…:) We stayed at ‘Pineas’ again and spent the long weekend relaxing by the pool or sightseeing /we went to the monasteries again and also visited a very interesting old church in Kalampaka – the Byzantine church of Virgin Mary which has relics of an ancient Greek temple dedicated to God Apollo embedded in the wall/. And of course, we also enjoyed delicious Greek food – in restaurant Meteora /again:)/ and in Taverna to Paramithi /with live music:)/. It was a lovely mini-vacation!:)  

I saw quite a lot of movies in September…:) Here is the list: ‘Into the Woods’ /I'm not much fond of musicals and I disliked the ending of this one.../, ‘Pan’ /great entertainment for the whole family...:)/, ‘Tracers’ /nothing special…/, ‘Central Intelligence’ /there were some really funny moments and it was great to see Dwayne Johnson again...:)/, ‘Labor Day’ /one of the best movies I've ever seen - such a beautiful and touching story and great actors!:)/, ‘The Nanny Diaries’ /a very fresh and sweet movie, I loved it:)/, ‘The Water Diviner’ /I'm not sure if this movie is historically correct but it was very interesting and touching.../, ‘The Boy Next Door’ /a total disappointment.../, ‘Everest’ /a very interesting but also a very sad movie.../ and ‘Pitch Perfect’ /great entertainment:)/. 

I’ve read one book in September – ‘Evening in Byzantium’ by Irwin Shaw. It turned out to be a beautiful and touching, yet rather depressing story...  

October was a rather uneventful month… On October 20th /Friday/ Vanyo went to a school trip. They have visited some really interesting monasteries around Sofia and he has had lots of fun with his friends as always…:)  

On October 23rd /Monday/ my husband and I went to the National Palace of Culture to see a show called ‘The 8th Wonder’. It was about the unique Bulgarian folklore and we both enjoyed it to the fullest…:) 

I saw six movies in October – ‘The Intern’ /great movie, I loved it!:)/, ‘Third Person’ /I love such movies that are like a puzzle and make me think about them long after I've finished watching them... The actors were brilliant too!/, ‘Fathers and Daughters’ /nothing special.../, ‘Ant-Man’ /great entertainment for the whole family...:)/, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ /also great entertainment for the whole family.../ and ‘Split’ /a very good thriller and an incredible James McAvoy... Can't wait to see the next movie by M. Night Shyamalan!:)/. 

I’ve read one book in October – ‘Sandstorm’ by James Rollins. It is the first book of the Sigma Force series which was recommended to me by my husband…:) It took me a while to get into the story but once this happened, I greatly enjoyed this book - it was interesting, full of action and complex characters...:) So, needless to say, I'll read the other Sigma Force books too!:) 

Vanyo had autumn holidays from November 1st /Wednesday/ to November 5th /Sunday/. He didn’t do anything special, just relaxed at home and played PS games with his friends…:) 

Minnie attended a meeting of the Association of the Medical Students in Bulgaria which was held in Plovdiv from November 3rd /Friday/ to November 5th /Sunday/. She has had a great time there with her friends and has decided to be more active at such events…:)

Minnie’s name day was on November 11th. It happened on a Saturday, so we decided to go to a very famous café, called ‘Romance’ where we had the most delicious cakes and drinks…:) Minnie got some gifts, too – a leather bag from her dad, her brother and me and some money from my parents…:)

I saw only two movies in November – ‘Run All Night’ /such a disappointment.../ and ‘The Longest Ride’ /a very beautiful and touching movie, I loved it:)/. 

I’ve read two books in November. The first one is ‘The Lady of the Rivers’ by Philippa Gregory. I didn't find it as good as 'The Other Boleyn Girl' but it was an interesting book anyway and I don't regret reading it...:)

The second book is ‘Wolf Hunt’ by the Bulgarian author Ivailo Petrov. It was the 9th book of my ‘20th Century Golden Books Collection’. I greatly enjoyed this book - the stories were interesting and touching and the philosophical views of the author were revealed by them in an unique way... The characters were deep and complex too...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Some summer news... :)


 
On June 9th Vanyo went to a school trip. They visited many interesting places – the house of Ivan Vazov /the greatest Bulgarian writer/ in Sopot, the Thracian tomb and the Rose Museum in Kazanluck, the Shipka monastery and monument, the open-air ethnographic museum Etara, the Humour and Satire Museum and Aprilov’s Gymnasium /the first modern, non-clerical school in Bulgaria/ in Gabrovo… He has been to some of these places with us /Sopot, Shipka, Etara/ but he has still greatly enjoyed the trip with his classmates…:) They have spent the night at a hotel in Etara and have had a party in their room…:) He was so exhausted when he came home on the Saturday evening so I can imagine the party has been lots of fun…:) 
 
Vanyo finished 6th grade on June 15th and he’s on summer holidays now until September 15th… Lucky boy! :)  He got ‘very good’ 5.30 for all of his 6th grade subjects - Bulgarian Language and Literature, English, Russian, Maths, History and Civilization, Geography and Economics, Man and Nature, IT, Music, Art, Home Ways of Life and Techniques, Sports and Compulsory Chosen Subject /Bulgarian Language and Literature/. It’s not bad at all, but it’s also the worst result in his studies so far… He has the potential to do much better /such is his teachers’ opinion too/ but he was too lazy and absent-minded this school year… Let’s hope he’ll be more diligent in 7th  grade…:) 
 
On June 23rd  /Friday/ Vanyo and one of his friends from school – Georgi /whose mother is an actress and whose father is a director/ acted in some new Bulgarian TV series…:) It was only a small role, no lines, but Vanyo had lots of fun with his friend and he has apparently done a good job as he was invited to act in a movie the following day…:) The role in the movie was small too but it was a great experience for Vanyo…:) He also got some money for the TV series and the movie which is not bad at all…:) Of course, we don’t have ambitions of him becoming a great actor but as long as he has fun acting, we’re not going to stop him! :) 
 
In late June Minnie and I tried Yoga and we liked it a lot, so we might continue with it along with Pilates Stretch and Zumba /we’ll probably have to give up the Aeromix, though, as it might become too much at some point…/. 
 
I saw three movies in June - ‘Interstellar’ /nothing special/, ‘St.Vincent’ /a wonderful surprise - sweet, touching and fun...:)/ and ‘Spare Parts’ /a very touching and inspiring movie…:)/.
 
I’ve read two books in June. The first book is ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green.  I greatly enjoyed this book - it was easy to read, yet made me think over it, it was full of interesting characters whom I felt close, and bittersweet as life itself...:) Two thumbs up!:) Can't wait to read more books by this author...:) 
 
The second book is ‘Post Office’ by Charles Bukowski. It was the 8th book of my ‘20th Century Golden Books Collection’. It was easy to read but when I finished it I kept wondering if it wasn't just a waste of time... Or maybe that was the whole idea of the book - that everything is pointless?
 
Minnie had her practice from July 10th until July 14th. This time she had chosen the cardio section of a hospital in Plovdiv and she really liked it there. Minnie did some simple manipulations to the patients – drawing blood, measuring blood pressure, etc. and she really enjoyed it!:)  
 
My husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary on July 22nd. It happened on a Saturday and I took the Friday /July 21st/ and the Monday /July 24th/ off so it turned out be a real mini-vacation…:) On the day of the anniversary we drove to Trigrad with the children and Teddy…:) We stayed at Trigrad Hotel Retreat and Welness. The hotel was nothing special but the nature in the Trigrad area is very beautiful…:) We also enjoyed the spa centre of the hotel and the delicious food… And on the Sunday /July 23rd/ we hiked to Arkan Han where Minnie and Vanyo rode horses for the first time in their lives…:) They loved it so we have decided that we would come again… And we might even stay at Arkan Han Hotel next time…:) 
 
I saw twelve movies in July – ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ /great movie - beautiful, spectacular and touching...:)/, ‘Step Up All In’ /some mindless entertainment...:)/, ‘Vice’ /a total waste of time…:(/, ‘A Little Chaos’ /nothing special...:(/, ‘Beloved Sisters’ /a very beautiful movie…/, ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ /a bit weird, yet deep and touching movie... All actors were incredible...:)/, ‘Boyhood’ /such a beautiful and touching movie, I loved it!:)/, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ /there were some scenes that were too cruel and disgusting for my taste but I liked the idea of the movie.../, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ /a very weird, yet enjoyable movie.../, ‘Selma’ /a very interesting and touching movie.../, ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ /good, but not as much as the first Ice Age movie.../ and ‘Trolls’ /a very sweet movie, I loved it!:)/. 
 
I’ve read three books in July. The first one was ‘Master of the Game’ by Sidney Sheldon. It turned out to be a great book - interesting plot, full of unexpected turns and complex characters...:) A real page-turner!:) 
 
The second book was ‘Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure’ by John Cleland. It was nothing special – just a beautifully written erotic book... 
 
And the third book was ‘The Magic Circle’ by Katherine Neville. It was full of interesting details - linguistic, historical, cultural, etc. But all these details were so scattered and pointless, the plot was lame and even irritating most of the time... 
 
In July started the 7th season of ‘Game of Thrones’ and we’ve been watching it every Monday… Such a pity there will be only 8 episodes this time…
 
The first week of August was the last working week for me and then my holidays started… I’ll be off for three weeks and I intend to enjoy them to the fullest…:) 
 
So far I’ve seen three movies in August – ‘Whiplash’ /even though jazz is not my cup of tea, this movie impressed me a lot.../, ‘Deux jours, une nuit’ /very thought-provoking movie.../ and ‘Still Alice’ /one of the best movies I've seen recently... And Julianne Moore was simply incredible!:)/.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Our Easter, a firefighter competition, a lovely long weekend in Velingrad, Vanyo's 13th birthday and some other news...:)




We spent our Easter holidays in Devin – a picturesque little town in the Rhodope mountains, famous for its mineral water. We went there on April 14th /Friday/. We stayed at the panorama apartment /on the top floor/ of a lovely hotel called ‘Mountain Boutique Hotel & SPA’. We had such a relaxing time there!:) The interior of the hotel was very stylish and the food was delicious!:) Besides using the spa centre we also went to some trips – to the famous Samodivsko Praskalo waterfalls and to the dam of Dospat… The nature in this part of the Rhodopes is just amazing! :)

On Easter Sunday the hotel surprised us with ‘kozunak’ and boiled coloured eggs for breakfast… :) It was so sweet and thoughtful of them! :) And we had a special dinner - Easter salad and crostini for starters, roasted lamb with ‘drob sarma’ as a main course and a homemade cake for dessert… Oh, and there was some very special and tasty homemade red wine too!:) 

As soon as we had breakfast on Easter Monday, we checked out of the hotel and drove to Sofia because we had to get back to work/school/uni the following day… On our way we stopped at my parents’ home to pick up Teddy and to enjoy another traditional Easter meal – Easter salad, roasted lamb and an ice cream…:) Yummy!:) 

On April 27th /Thursday/ Vanyo got a bronze medal at the Young Firefighter Competition…:) We were all very proud of him because he had started his preparation only a few weeks before the competition…:)   

The last weekend of April was a long one /3-days/ because May 1st /Monday/ was a public holiday – Labour Day…:) We spent it in Velingrad, at the same hotel we had stayed in September 2016 /‘Lucky Light Boutique Hotel & SPA’/ and once again we greatly enjoyed our time there – the special atmosphere, the delicious food and the 24/7 spa /we love to be the only ones using it at night:)/!:)

Besides the Aeromix on Mondays and Pilates Stretch on Wednesdays, Minnie and I started attending Zumba on Fridays too /with a new instructor, who is even better as she explains the choreography in details/…:) Unfortunately we can’t find enough time to attend all the three activities in the same week, so we mainly go to one of two of them… But it’s still better than nothing, right?!:) 

I saw two more movies in April after writing my previous post here – ‘Chappie’ /a total waste of time:(/ and ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ /it was great to a part of Harry Potter’s world again:)/. 

I read one more book in April a compilation of two historical books by the Bulgarian author Gentcho Stoev. I liked the first one /'The Price of Gold'/ slightly better than the sequel /'The Return'/ but both were beautifully written and touching... There was something very special for me in the first book too - it mentions an inn /Katzigra han/ which was situated at the same place where I've lived as a child and where my parents live now... Of course it's not an inn anymore but an apartment building...:) 

Vanyo became 13 on May 6th so he is officially a teen now…:) We celebrated his birthday at my parents’ home. It was also St George’s Day so we had the traditional meal – roasted lamb, plus fresh ‘Shopska salad’ /tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions and cheese/ and a delicious cake, made by Minnie /chocolate, with two types of cream and pineapple/…:) Vanyo got some presents, too – a new smartphone from his dad, his sister and me and some money for his grandparents /we have agreed that they will be spent for new gamer headphones&speaker/…:)

On May 11th Minnie and Vanyo received their certificates for participating at the ‘Librarian for a Day’ initiative at the Library of Sofia in the beginning of April.:) They also got some gifts - books and library bags…:) And Vanyo has given an interview for the radio…:) 

On May 28th /Sunday/ Vanyo had his birthday party with his friends…:) It was in Playground in Paradise mall and included bowling and a laser game… The children had lots of fun together…:)  

Here is the list of the movies I’ve seen in May: ‘Ghostbusters’ /not as funny as the original version/, ‘Victor Frankenstein’ /the movie was good but there were some really nasty scenes/, ‘Last Knights’ /nothing special/, ‘Logan’ /it was so sad to see my favourite Wolverine for the last time…/ and ‘A Merry Friggin’ Christmas’ /a waste of time/.  

I’ve read two books in May. The first one was ‘The Colour of Magic’ by Terry Pratchett. Maybe not the best book I've read but it was interesting and fun so I guess I might read some more of the Discworld series in the near future...:)  

The second book was ‘The Scarlet Letter’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was the 8th book of my ‘19th Century Golden Books Collection’. Even though it was interesting and well written, the characters seemed distant and couldn't touch me...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Some spring news...




The schedule at our gym changed in late March so the Zumba on Mondays and Wednesdays was cancelled... Minnie and I started attending Aeromix on Mondays /very intensive/ and Pilates Stretch on Wednesdays /very relaxing/. There is Zumba with another instructor on Fridays so we might try that some time too…:)

I saw four more movies in March after my previous post - Assassin’s Creed’ /maybe not the best movie based on a computer game, but still entertaining...:)/, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ /it was great to be part of the Star Wars world again, but the end of the movie made me very sad.../, ‘Reach Me’ /nothing special:(/ and ‘Collateral Beauty’ /a very strange, yet beautiful and touching story and the actors were simply incredible:)/.

I’ve read one book in March – ‘The Brass Verdict’ by Michael Connelly. It was very interesting, witty and easy to read...:) And I like Mickey Haller's character a lot... Can't wait to read more books about him...:)

Vanyo is on Easter holidays since April 8th… He is just staying at home, relaxing, and one day he invited his best friend from his class /Nikolay/ over for a fun day which has involved a Diablo III game on the PS4 and a KFC lunch…:)

And on April 12th Minnie and Vanyo joined the ‘Librarian for a Day’ initiative at the Library of Sofia and they have enjoyed their internship to the fullest!:) They both said they would enjoy a volunteer job there in summer too…:)

So far I’ve seen only two movies this month – ‘I Origins’ /I greatly enjoyed the idea of the movie but everything else was a disappointment.../ and ‘Little Accidents’ /nothing special:(/.  

I’ve read one book this month – ‘The Temple of the Golden Pavilion’ by Yukio Mishima. It was the 7th book of my ‘20th Century Golden Books Collection’. Even though it was a small book, it took me a long time to read it - more than a month... The writing style was beautiful and unique but the main character and his philosophy were too strange and couldn't touch me at all... 

Also in April I saw the first season of the new mini-series ‘Taboo’ and I enjoyed them a lot - great story and incredible Tom Hardy!:) Can't wait for the second season!:)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Life goes on...




I saw six more movies in January after writing my previous post... Here is the list: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ /I wasn’t impressed by the first Jack Reacher movie and the second was nothing special, either…:(/, ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ /leaving aside the fact that the best Tarzan for me will always be Christopher Lambert, it was a very nice movie…:)/, ‘Spectre’ /maybe not the best James Bond movie but still fun to watch...:)/, ‘Dying of the Light’ /nothing special…/, ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ /not as brilliant as the first Bridget Jones movie but there were still some super funny moments :)/ and ‘Stretch’ /nothing special…:(/.

On February 3rd /Friday/ as soon as we finished work/uni/school, the four of us went to the famous ski resort Pamporovo. We stayed at a very nice hotel, called ‘The Castle’ for a long weekend and returned home on the Monday, February 6th.  We had a very relaxing time in Pamporovo and the children even tried skiing for the first time in their lives…:) They said it was fun so perhaps we’ll take them again next winter…:) We also greatly enjoyed the food and the service at the restaurant ‘Excalibur’… There was live kaba bagpipe performance and a singer of traditional songs from the Rhodope region every evening at the restaurant, such an incredible experience! :) 

The law firm that I’m working at gave us multisport cards in late January. So since the beginning of February I started going to zumba with Minnie and we’re both enjoying it very much…:)

My mother celebrated her 70th birthday on February 11th … My parents invited us at a very nice restaurant in Plovdiv, called ‘Riviera’ /the same place they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May/. My aunt /dad’s sister/ was there too with her husband. We had a wonderful evening together! :)

Unfortunately, even though February started well, it brought us a terrible surprise – my mother-in-law passed away on February 23rd… :( It was such a huge shock for all of us as she seemed so well and in good spirits the last time we visited her /in the beginning of the month, on our way home from Pamporovo/…:( We had the funeral on the Saturday, February 25th  and we feel slightly better day by day but it’ll take time for the pain to go away, I’m sure…

I saw six movies in February: ‘Unfinished Business’ /it wasn't a masterpiece, and there were some really silly moments, but I greatly enjoyed the idea of the movie and its positive message.../, ‘Cake’ /a very sad and depressing movie but Jennifer Aniston and Adriana Barraza were simply brilliant! Two thumbs up for both of them!/, ‘American Sniper’ /a really good movie but very sad and depressing as well.../, ‘Paddington’ /I just loved this movie - it was sweet, touching and funny...:) And the bear is simply adorable...:)/, ‘Loitering with Intent’ /a total waste of time…:(/ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ /great movie, I loved it:)/.

I read three books in February. The first one was ‘Tales’ by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It was the 7th  book of my '19th Century Golden Books Collection’. I liked some of the tales and disliked or didn't understand others... But it was an interesting book and easy to read so I don't regret giving it a try...:)

The second book was ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ by Philippa Gregory. I greatly enjoyed this book - even though it might not be 100% historically correct, it was very interesting and well written, so I'll definitely read more books by Philippa Gregory in the future...:)

And the third book was ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. It was a great experience to be part of Harry Potter's world again...:) But I still think it would have been much better if this book was a novel not just a play...

On March 1st we celebrated Baba Marta, which, as you know, is one of my most favourite Bulgarian holidays as it marks the beginning of spring…:) 

Vanyo attended a Spelling Bee competition at his school and got the 7th place, which, considering his total lack of preparation, is quite an achievement…:) He got a certificate and a bracelet and is very proud of himself…:)

March 3rd is our national holiday /Liberation Day/ so it was a long weekend… Our plan was to go to Devin /a lovely resort in the Rhodopes/ but my mother-in-law’s sudden death made us cancel the reservation… We just went to Plovdiv and stayed at home instead…

We celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th …:) I got flowers from my husband, my children and my male colleagues at work and many greetings by phone, emails and Facebook…:) And in the evening I had a special dinner at home with my dear family…:)

I’ve seen two movies so far this month – ‘The Hateful Eight’ /the story was interesting but the movie was full of cruelty and disgusting scenes - too much for my liking.../ and ‘Doctor Strange’ /great entertainment for the whole family:)/.