The Recipe for the Ultimate Spring Break

10 Mar

You might have wondered why I haven’t posted anything this week so far. Well, bloggers also need an escape from work, and I just came back from my Spring break. Ahh, it was a week to remember! The end of winter in Bulgaria is usually a period of numerous festivals, celebrations, and parties that remind us of the upcoming summer we all long for. I attended several events, which, combined with a couple of days at home, with awesome food and considerable amount of sleep, helped me restore my enthusiasm and wake up from winter lethargy.

After I finished my exams, I rushed back home, impatient to indulge my appetite for homemade food and desire to simply do nothing. Luckily, I got there just in time for the annual international festival Kukerlandia, held in my hometown, Yambol, during the period from Feb. 26 to Mar. 2. It is a very interesting celebration, which marks the approaching end of winter and is an occasion which gathers people from all over Bulgaria. In this year’s festival 2500 people from 11 Bulgarian municipalities and also from the Balkans, took part in Kukerlandia, which basically represents centuries of old traditions to scare away evil spirits, with costumed men performing the ritual. It is a very lively and colorful festival, which everyone loves; the town was so noisy and crowded that one could have never remained unmoved by the emotions!

Here is a slideshow, which depicts some interesting moments and costumes of Kukerlandia, because words are never enough to describe such an event!

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My next stop was Sofia, the Bulgarian capitol. The day-long walks and never-ending talks with my closest friends, which unfortunately I see very rarely since we study in different cities, brought me back to my high-school years and filled my heart with joy and peace. It is the people that make a place feel like home, not the place itself; at the end of the day, we’re all tied up by emotions and memories, not by objects and places!

So, after the oh-so-needed catch-up with friends, it was time for the milestone of my Spring break – an event I had been waiting for since December! I am talking about the biggest event for the electronic music lovers – A State of Trance 600, led by Armin van Buuren, ranked the best DJ in the world. It was an old dream of mine to attend the party that gathers the best DJs for a nine-hours-long total awesomeness! The event was held in Sofia, and the curious thing about it is that in general, Sofia was not among the destinations of the ASOT600 world tour. However, a group of fans of the show created a campaign to invite Armin van Buuren and his fellows to Bulgaria for the biggest electronic music show ever held in the country with 2000 tickets sold in the first eight hours! In Mar. 8, fans from all over Bulgaria, the Balkans, and even Russia, gathered for the most popular event in the world of trance music. I was there too, and I can assure you that it was simply amazing.

Here’s ASOT600SOF through my eyes!

Now, I am back to AUBG, getting ready for the second half of the semester. I had an incredible Spring break, which I shared with you with pleasure! I hope you all also had an amazing time last week!


5 Responses to “The Recipe for the Ultimate Spring Break”

  1. XhuliaRami March 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I am super duper jealous for the ASOT600 event. I regret for not going there.
    Seems like you had a lot of fun during your break Dineva.
    Brace yourself for the last half of the semester!
    Nice post, as always. 🙂

    • mireladineva March 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      Thank you, Rami! You should have come, it was amazing!

  2. pauljmc220 March 14, 2013 at 10:54 am #


  3. evgeniyakoseva March 14, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I can see someone had fun during the break. I didn’t know you were a fan of this music genre. =D

    • mireladineva March 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      I like all kinds of electronic music 😀 What do you think I was listening to 😛

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