A recap of my 5 months here

My time here is coming to an end. So let’s recap my five months in Blagoevgrad. Arriving in August, the other volunteers and I were not only confronted with high temperatures but also with a culture shock. It was not my first time in Bulgaria. Therefore, I knew what I …

A Christmas ChatClub

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go… – not really, no snow, but at least there are Christmas decoration everywhere. That’s why I decided to bring everyone together for a ChatClub with a Christmas theme to get us in the mood for the holidays. An important …

Our trip to Istanbul

None of us have ever been so close to Turkey so we decided to take the chance and travel to Istanbul for a week. From the 15th of Nov to the 22nd of November, we spend our time discovering the city, trying to avoid collusion with other people and eating …

Cleaning Blagoevgrad

Yesterday, On Sunday 28th November, together with people from another association Maxime, Hauke, Paula and me cleaned a big area in Blagoevgrad from any type of garbage.

We divided the recyclable garbage and all the rest into two types of bags of different colors, and then we put the trash bags together, near the collection point.

It was funny, given the people that joined the activity, but I got a bit angry as well. 

By doing this type of activity you really start to understand the amount of garbage that surrounds us, and you start asking yourself why. Why are we so careless of the environment? And of the community that we live in?

But, I am hopeful for the future because, if we lose hope, things are not going to get better anytime soon in the future.


Our first weeks in Blagoevgrad

We arrived around the first weekend of August in Blagoevgrad and were first just overwhelmed by the extremely high temperatures. Additionally, the first look of our apartment was a little bit shocking because of its very Soviet-looking style inside. We were especially surprised by the cooker standing on the balcony …

From Verona to Blagoevgrad

31/07/2021 – 01/08/2021

Hi, I am Daniele, I come from Verona and I left for Blagoevgrad on 31th of July. 

First of all, my dad brought me to the Milan (Bergamo) Airport, after 2 hours by car, where I did my first Check-In, my first control at the gate, and my first departure with the airplane completely alone. I was excited, but a little bit scared as well.

A kind Lady near my chair saw me and we started talking about the reason why we are leaving Italy and I discovered that this lady is Bulgarian. Knowing that I would have gone to Blagoevgrad, she explained some interesting things about the place, especially about Bulgarian people. When we arrived in Sofia, she decided to help me find a Taxi that could bring me to the hotel, without risking being overcharged by anyone.

The taxi driver was pretty silent all the time, but when we arrived, he asked me for an honest amount of money (25 leva) and I finally calmed down, but just until I discovered I was in the wrong hotel. In fact, the hotel said to me that I had to take my suitcase and go to another hotel that was 5 minutes away from there.

There were not many lights around there, and I must confess that I was a little scared by the situation, but I arrived at the correct destination and finally, I had some rest.

The next morning, I visited the city center, took a coffee with a croissant at the bar, until I went to the Central Bus Station and took a ticket for Blagoevgrad.

I had many difficulties communicating with Bulgarian people during my journey, but in the end, I reached Blagoevgrad, in which I found a temperature of 40°degrees. Besides this, I was happy to have arrived here, in my new home.