Here I am at Hotnitsa waterfalls practicing yoga. I know it seems like all I do is do a quick pose that Jon photographs, but I also do sun salutation warms ups and my personal practice has become more consistent.
I do envy those who have a strong home practice because it is hard for me, due to being a sociable person I relish in attending yoga class, being able to watch and learn from my teacher motivates me and interacting with fellow yogis before and after class is important to me as I can be quite a solitary person with the rest of my life.
I feel like my body has become a lot more soft but also starting to feel stronger too. I ease into asanas better and my upper arm strength is coming along really well.
Due to my Mum now living in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria and it being a place I will visit regularly I am hoping to make connections with local business owners (Expats or Bulgarians) who own hotels, gyms, studios, retreat centres, community centres and much more who would love me to run kids yoga-dance workshops and women’s belly dance classes perhaps sometime in the summer months. It has been something I have been thinking about and manifesting for a couple of years now. Veliko Tarnovo is pretty central in Bulgaria, it’s only three hours away from the capital Sofia, two hours away from Plovdiv which is an artsy, cultural city and three hours away from Varna (Sunny beach) which is full of resorts and tourists. Veliko Tarnovo itself is quaint and peaceful, much like the lake district back in the UK, thus making it a potential hot spot to facilitate my own retreat-like summer (or weekend) workshops in the neat future?
Right now I am doing a six week intro course in teaching English as a second language in preparation for my TEFL course in September which will take six months to complete and qualify me as a teacher of English to foreign students. I love that I am becoming a multi-faceted teacher and there are more exciting things in relation to this that are all part of the bigger plan and I will announce it all soon.
Until then, if any local business owner in hospitality, fitness and health residing Bulgaria (Primarily in Veliko Tarnovo) fancy hiring me to run art sessions, belly dance workshops or Kids Yoga-Dance classes do not hesitate to contact me to discuss things further via the contact form here.
Photo credit: Jon Roberts Photography
We finally made it to my Mum’s safe and sound. When we first arrived in Sofia it was cold, dark and raining. We worried that maybe our entire holiday would be like this due to the weather forecast showcasing numerous thunderstorms on their way throughout the rest of the week. Apparently these thunderstorms have been happening almost every night for the past 6 weeks but clear up by morning.
Jon has been a bit poorly with what seems like a flu virus and so traveling to my Mum’s in Veliko Tarnovo took it’s toll on him so we had a nap the moment we arrived and a long nights sleep soon after tea and woke up at 10:30am the next day. Jon is now on the mend, with his fever completely gone, sore throat calmed down, his appetite back and only a slight cough and gruff vocals left to clear up.
We spent most of today relaxing in the sun by the pool and playing with the dogs, allowing Jon extra time to heal. We are now planning a day trip for tomorrow whilst munching on a fresh tomato, cucumber & goats cheese salad that Mum brought us back from the market.
The weather has been glorious all day at 25°C and we’ve already caught the sun on our faces; so far this holiday has been delicious! I wonder if another thunderstorm hits tonight? I do love them, they are a favourite weather system.
It has been a while since I wrote a post so here I am! I am still in Bulgaria, although our holiday is very fast approaching an end. We leave on Wednesday next week but Jon will remain in London to photograph an event over the weekend whilst I continue on to Plymouth.
It has been great so far, we managed to go on some lovely day trips including a nature trail and bat caves, visiting a monastery and the Veliko Tarnovo old town plus excursions to some beautiful waterfalls, a fortress, Yoga selfies in a Gorge and not to mention swimming in my mum’s pool and playing with her three dogs.
Mum seems well adjusted and settled, I am very proud of her for moving to Bulgaria, it’s a massive step that most people would fear to dream of doing so she is an inspiration to me. I adore her new house and it’s gorgeous huge garden, there is still work to do on the grounds but she is lovingly taking her time and just enjoying every moment. Every night here you can hear the crickets sing, the local bat whistling in the trees and the pack of wolves howling at the moon at around 10pm every night. It really is lush here.
I have plans to venture back this time next year and perhaps include a mini break to Bucharest in Romania or Istanbul in Turkey too.
On other news I have passed my Chakra Balancing course with flying colours, my tutor said my work is exceptional and will be posting my certificate to me very soon.
I hope you guys have a lovely weekend and if you didnt know, I now have an instagram where I post daily photos of my travels, belly dance, yoga selfies and lifestyle, hop on over and check it out, follow me to keep up to date with my adventures: Katiesunflowerteeth
The time went by so fast! I remember when we had just gotten back from Nepal in March and feeling awful knowing we had to wait 5 months for our next trip but it’s flown by! We are now off to Bulgaria for 10 days to visit my Mum who moved out there to her new home last November, I haven’t seen her in almost a year and even though I have been to Bulgaria before (when I was 6) I have never seen her house, other than in photos and I have never visited Balvan in Veliko Tarnovo so it’s all exciting stuff! Plus Jon and I do really need a break, we have both been working on varied projects the past 5 months and it would just be lovely to relax, take a dip in my mum’s swimming pool and wander about local attractions. In comparrison to Nepal this will be a peaceful, slower holiday much like Croatia was to Morocco.
I will as always try to do mini updates whilst away, although the internet is not so good.
If you would like to view previous travel write ups click here and I also have a TripAdvisor account.
As well as this I now have an Instagram too! I will be posting photos whilst away so if you wish to follow me click here!