Long live rock and roll

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These days I am quite excited. The reason is simple – Sofia Rocks Sonisphere 2010. This is the biggest festival ever held in Bulgaria.

The bands lineup is really great. On the first day we will watch the biggest bands in the trash metal – Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and of course Metallica. On the second we will have the pleasure to see Stone Sour, Alice in Chains, Manowar and the biggest industrial band – Rammstein.

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Ska-P in Thessaloniki

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I like ska music. Most of it is very cheerful. I heard about SKA-P 5-6 years ago. They are one of the most popular ska bands in the world. I downloaded some albums and I really liked them. Unfortunately I do not speak Spanish and I do not understand most of the lyrics. Still I really enjoy their songs and they give me a lot of energy when I travel, practice snowboarding or working. I have their songs in my mobile phone, in the car and on my laptop.

Last year during one of the snowboard weekends I met a guy who had attended a SKA-P concert in Barcelona. He was really excited about their performance.

Thus I felt very lucky to understand that Ska-P were going to have a concert in Thessaloníki, Greece.

ska-p poster

SKA-P Poster

About a month ago a friend of mine bought tickets online for a lot of people. So on 16 May 2009, in the early spring morning some friends and I were on our way to the Greece border.

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Miracles of the East – Thailand

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In a cold March morning I felt quite exited. I was on my way to the Sofia airport. I was going to start my first journey to Asia. My destination was Bangkok, Thailand.

So I caught a plane to Amsterdam, stayed at the Schiphol airport for about 11 hours and took another flight to Bangkok.

The Bangkok tourist map

The Bangkok tourist map

I arrived there at noon on 6th March. The weather was much warmer that the one in Bulgaria. It was a sunny day and the temperature was about 30 degrees. A friend and an ex-classmate of mine met me at the Suvarnabhumi airport. His name is Andy. He works as a model and he is a co-owner of a model agency. We loaded my baggage in a car and we headed towards his apartment. The first thing which makes an impression in Bangkok is the traffic.

Traffic in Bangkok

Traffic in Bangkok

Although the roads have several lanes in each direction, it is quite heavy. However, I guess this is normal for an enormous megapolis with a population of about 10 million people. I have the impression that Bulgarians drive quite crazy, but at least we use car indicators when we want to make a turn or to change the lane. The Thai drivers do not give road to anyone and change the lanes without signaling for that. To be honest I am scared to drive there. It was very strange that for 12 days in Thailand I have not noticed a single car accident. There are so many lucky drivers :).

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Borovets

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Snow, sun and a lot of fun.

This is how I can describe my latest snowboard trip to one of the most popular Bulgarian ski and snowboard resorts – Borovets.

Actually it is one of my favorite places for snowboarding. Borovets a resort, located in the Rila Mountain. It is about 75 km away from Sofia, which makes it a preferred destination for most of the Sofia winter sports fans.

This is why sometimes the resort is quite overcrowded. It happens mainly on the weekends, when most of the people are resting. Also then the ski passes are cheaper. This season a daily pass during the week is 55 levs (1 Euro = 1.96 levs), but on Saturday and Sunday you will pay 35 levs.

Personally, I really like this resort because of the various long slopes which it offers and many ski lifts, that prevent the long stay in queues at the lift stations.

Borovets Map

Borovets Map

This is my third season enjoying the Borovets’s winter sport facilities.

Borovets,2007, one of my first rides there

Borovets,2007, one of my first rides there

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A snowboard trip in Rila Mountain

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It took me several days to decide from which journey to start. At last I have picked the most recent one – the snowboard journey to Rila Mountain. About 10 days ago some friends and I decided to spend a night in the Rila Lakes Hut, which is located near the beautiful 7 Rila Lakes.

the road to Rila

The road to the Rila

So we prepared our equipment in the Saturday early morning and we were ready to start the trip. We begun the journey from Sofia, the Bulgarian capital. The distance to the mountain is near 100 km. It took us about hour and a half to arrive at the parking spot near the Pionerska hut.

From there we have to walk more than 2 hours through the forest to reach the Rila Lakes hut and more important, the wide snowy slopes above it.

The alternative transportation, which is usually preferred by some lazy people like me, were the so called “Rack Track” vehicles. I was eager to try it, but unfortunately they had a maintenance day and they were not willing to take us to the hut.

The alternative transportation

The alternative transportation

There is also a lift ready to be launched, but nobody knows if this will happen this season.

The lift

The lift

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