Day 149: Roxette LIVE in Sofia

It was so good I don't feel like I should explain. Roxette rocks!

The only part I hated about it was the 10-minute pouring rain at the very beginning of it. We were totally roof above our heads...But after all, I must say it made all the difference for our experience :))

I love Roxette, and I think there is no better time to listen to them than on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Nikon D60, 18-55mm.

Day 148: Contrasts & Complements

Different or alike, parents are what they are. They like the same things, and they like different things. They are a contrast and a complement to each other. Parents make children, and children make parents someday, too.
If you are lucky to have great parents like mine, you must be blessed with eternal happiness.
I hope my children think the same of me one day.

Nikon D60, 18-55mm.

Day 147: up in the air

When on an airplane I feel light, dynamic, and most of all I dive into some healthy portion of daydreaming...

I should probably try and count my flights. I'm curious what my number is.

And now I wonder...when you are on a plane, up above the clouds, what thoughts come to your mind?! Do you think of your happiness or your worries?

Nikon D60, 18-55mm.

Day 146: From Azerbaijan to Dusseldorf

We arrived at our hotel in the late afternoon of Saturday, May 14th, to witness all the Eurovision fuss going around the lobby, the elevators, the reception desk. Then we saw her. She was not tall at all, she had long blond hair, all curly at the edges, and she already had her professional make-up on. She was surrounded by a group of people who were taking turns of making photos of her and a tall boy. She was also holding by the hands two little baby girls, with long curly black hair and pink dresses. They called her "mommy", and were standing around her like little duckies in a pond.

My father made a joke she could be the winner of Eurovision that night. We all laughed thinking "oh yeah, right"... At that time we had no idea who they were...we were guessing they were part of the show...but which part? I admit it, in Bulgaria we do not grant Eurovison with the same respect those other people in Dusseldorf did. Probably it's because we lost hope we were going to the finals years ago with all the scandals going on. Probably it's because we stopped thinking of our nation as united a long time ago. Or probably it's because chalga music is taking too much credit nowadays, that we forget there could be something else out there worth listening to.

As we sat in a bar watching the countdown to the end of voting, we recognized her when the Azerbaijan song came up. And we laughed again, thinking it was a pity we did not take a photo before. As the votes were announced gradually we became more and more excited as we saw the Azerbaijan team going up the ladder. We were cheering with the rest of the people around, and honestly happy when they won the contest! We hurried back to the hotel excited, and at the same time a bit sad, because we missed the opportunity of taking this photo earlier. Before I went to bed I stared at Dusseldorf throughout the window. The city was lit up and it felt like something amazing is going on out there. A fairytale of a grand scale.
Fortunately, the morning gave us yet another chance. As we went out the elevators there she was. I grab the keys to the room and run up to get my camera. Misho is keeping an eye on her so we don't miss our chance. I came back 3mins later and everything's according to plan. We make a few steps, we congratulate and ask for a photo. She's happy to pose. And yay! We got it! And it absolutely made our day! :))))))))
I am not much of a celebrity stalker, but the whole story just asked for a happy photo ending. And my blog couldn't be happier on that lucky coincidence even though it's experiencing some technical problems lately.

I just want to wrap it up with a thought: If you wish something from the bottom of your heart, sooner or later it happens just as easy as that!

Ask me. Ask Nikki from Azerbaijan.

Nikon D60, 18-55mm.

Day 145: Eurovision 2011@ Dusseldorf

I accidentally happened to be in Dusseldorf the night of the Eurovision 2011 Finale. It was so exciting walking around with all those happy people from all around Europe. I never imagined I would have so much fun. We had dinner in a nice restaurant I've been to before, and then the crowd led us to a street full of bars and cafe's where the heart of Dusseldorf was beating at a fast rate. We just entered one of the overcrowded bars when a couple of girls were leaving, so we got lucky with those upfront seats with perfect view of the TV where everyone was watching the show live. It was almost time for the final scores by then so excitement was at its peak point. Did I mention how good that cocktail was...and how far more excited it made me :D

It's probably the first time I go abroad for work, and I have so much fun on the side! I wish I have more of these in the future :))))))))

Nikon D60, 18-55mm.

Day 141: Yoana

A month ago I met Yoana. She is sweet, smart, enthusiastic, happy, and adorable. She is also my boyfriend's favorite little girl. I realized that the moment I saw her running towards him for a hug. It's so obvious with those two :)))
I love the sincerity in her every word, look, and gesture.
Looking forward to seeing her in a year, when she comes back to Bulgaria a year taller, smarter, sweeter, and probably a tiny bit more English :))

Last photo was taken by Misho.

Nikon D60, 18-55mm.

Day 140: Comebacks lovin' ♥

I love comebacks. I love them especially when they have to do with my dearest friends.
If you ever found yourself in the situation of impatiently waiting for a loved one to know what I mean. You know they are coming, it's scheduled, and long-processed in your mind, and it still feels as exciting as a roller-coaster ride. Every single time.
I haven't seen those guys for 6 months. Was I excited?!...BIG TIME!

Gate opens. Camera's shaking. Here she goes. A smile. Bear hugs. A kiss. And finally a breath of fresh air. At least for a couple of days or so. :)

Nikon D60, 18-55mm.

Day 139: Bunny in the grass

If you live in a place where bunnies jump undisturbed in the grass around, you must be living in a good place.

Nikon D60, 18-55mm.

Day 138: Looking for luck

You know four-leafed clovers are a rare. They say you've found luck if you find one.
When I was little I remember playing in the grass, collecting flowers and always ending up looking for one of these. I rarely found one. I would always run out of play time and they would take me home. So, I would go searching for it the next time they take me to the park.
I don't know if luck is that rarely found in life. I consider myself lucky, and I know many people I would say are lucky, too. But I sometimes hear people complaining and claiming lack of luck. I really, really think they focus on the things that don't work out the way they wanted them to. They see it as a misfortune and fail to notice if this "accident of bad luck" brought them something nice later on. Those people also forget to notice the good things that happen to them. Therefore, they see it all gray and unlucky.
If it helps, go to the market and buy some seeds, grow your own lucky flower pot and trust it brings you good fortune. Nobody else could believe in this, but you! Try to think of all the great things that happened to you, just for some 20 minutes. See? You are just as lucky as you could feel you are! :)))))

Nikon D700, 50mm.

Day 137: Sunday bliss

If only all Sundays could look like that...
This place reminded me so much of my old village that it made my soul cry.
Sharing my Sunday bliss with you, hoping you find a place close to your heart if not every Sunday, at least every once in a while..

Nikon D60, 18-55mm.