This month I’ll be introducing you to Svet, a Bulgarian copy writer who can articulate his words like no other! His writing is intriguing and entertaining, his witty humour will have you chuckling in no time. Here we go, meet Svet…
Give us a quick rundown about yourself –
My name is Svetoslav. Foreigners and close friends call me Svet – It’s easier to pronounce. I hail from the magnificent country of Bulgaria where drop-dead gorgeous mountains flirt with never-ending fields of roses and lavenders. Oh, there’s a stupendous seaside, too. To earn some pennies that will allow me to have an occasional sip of a hoppy drink, I write. As of late, I have been known as the Vocabulary Titan. In other words, I am a copywriter and I find the true value of words for my clients.
How long have you been travel blogging and what makes you do it?
I’ve had my blog for 21 months now but I’d say I’ve been travel blogging longer than that. Basically every time I uploaded photos on Facebook, I accompanied them with a brief description (most of the time in several languages – Bulgarian, English, French, Spanish). Imagine 300-400 photos with a one-sentence companion. At some point, it came naturally to start the blog. I adore flirting with words in a curious yet very educational way. So, my main aim is to give my precious readers value and information. Most of the time, this information cannot be found anywhere.
What type of traveller are you and what does that entail?
I’d say I am a part-time traveller. I am pretty sure I’d never be a full-time traveller because I love having a home base where I can put my creative Bulgarian “pen” to action. I am slowly turning into a slow traveller, meaning I strive to take it slowly, sit and absorb the city’s/place’s ambiance and atmosphere.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
I watched this Korean drama some years ago. There was a scene that was shot in French Polynesia. I’d really love to spend some time there. It looks like a tiny drop of paradiseA cosy abode in the Swiss Alps would also be on my list, but in general, I love moving from one place to another every couple of years.
Besides the obvious, what is one item you can’t travel without? A toothbrush which I put in my hand luggage – Super handy for long-haul flights and commutes.
What has been your best culinary experience while travelling?
Ah, are you serious? The best? That’s harder to answer than doing 400 push-ups in a day. On a more serious note, I’d say my culinary orgasms in China were one of the best and probably sampling the scrumptious Beijing duck is my top-notch culinary experience.
Svet’s favourite – Banitsa, a traditional Bulgarian dish of pastry and cheese
What’s the best place you’ve travelled to so far and why?
I have a few! Beijing – History and gargantuan magnitude blend there in a captivating way.
New York – Besides bending your neck to admire the next building that scrapes the sky, I just love the terrific, cosmopolitan mix of everything.
Barcelona – Architecture seeps from every single corner in the Catalonian city while delectable food and fresh Mediterranean air make your senses furtively jingle.
The place I really fell in love with was Bergame in Italy. It’s the greenest and cutest city I have visited so far.
The sunset from Summer Palace in Beijing
If you had one superpower what would it be and what would you do with it? Strip people naked – I am kidding, but that’d fun, wouldn’t it? It would actually be to make people happy in a couple of minutes.
Favourite quote? Do not let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.
If you had the opportunity to travel with someone just once, who would it be and why?
Jackie Chan – I love China and I love his acting. I’d love for him to teach me some Kung-fu while I teach him some traditional Bulgarian dance moves. That’d be legendary! I’m sure we’d laugh a lot too!
Funniest travel moment? Chasing a Chinese guy in Guangzhou.
Best piece of advice you have for aspiring travellers?
I used to go to a place and try to see as much as possible, I now think that’s wrong. It’s difficult, you will get tired, you will rush it and you won’t remember much. Take it slowly, grab a beer and admire the city. Imagine hovering over the place and really feeling its spirit. This will stick in your mind for the rest of your life.
QUICK FIRE 10…
- Favourite food? Banitsa
- Morning, noon or night? Morning
- Somewhere you are desperate to travel to? South Korea
- Coffee or tea? Tea
- Do you snore?! Only when drunk
- If you could choose a nickname for yourself, what would it be? Svet the Omnipotent
- Summer or winter? Summer
- The last item you purchased? Rakija – local alcoholic drink
- What kind of car do you drive? None at the moment but I love the Toyota Avensis
- The person you admire the most? My brother for always being persistent with what he does.
Make sure you stop by Svet’s blog and check it out!
And as always… Happy Travels