Boxing – the sport built on blood, sweat, and tears… but also elevated emotions and good looks. Because after all, a good boxing match is a show and like every show it needs sparkle. I find it very sexy to walk on the ring with high heels. Lucky for me I did it twice for the past six months – both times to cover wins for the Bulgarian Boxer Tervel Pulev in Chicago.
My first time entering a boxing ring on heels was this spring when I was invited to speak during Pulev`s debut in the United States. The task was not easy because I had to talk in my native Bulgarian and then translate in English which could make you lose track of your thoughts, especially with all the excitement before the fight begins. But who cares I was on the ring along with an Olympic bronze medalist and his brother – the European Super Heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev. I was the MC of the fight for the Bulgarian community, feeding them with info and trying to stir up the crowd… I was so, but I did my best – I wore my favorite Christian Louboutins, and I smiled widely. Even on the thin and tall heels, I could feel the floor vibration, and it felt great combined with the roaring of the crowd. You have to give it to Bulgarians – we know how to energize any place, and we do support each other unconditionally.
I witnessed the same support and love from the Bulgarian public on Friday during Tervel Pulev`s second fight in Chicago. The match was in All-State Arena in Rosemont, and more than 60 % of the people inside were Bulgarians. Pulev did not disappoint them – winning his 11th consecutive fight. He won graciously with a knockout over the American Armando Ancona. I should now because I was just a few feet away! It took Tervel only 2 minutes and 6 seconds to win the fight, less than the time he spent on the ring afterward when I interviewed him for the Bulgarian National Television- NOVA on the ring. I could hardly stay in one position holding the mic because of the trembling floor underneath my feet. But it felt great to be there at this very moment with so many excited and happy people in the Arena. It felt sexy to be the only female on the ring wearing strappy heels and carrying a microphone. (not to mention the hot pink pants from Victoria Beckham`s 2017 collection)
Watching the fight so closely and talking to the public afterward made me love that sport even more. There is something extraordinary about boxing, maybe because you face your opponent and you him or her straight in the face. It takes not only braveness, toughness and concentration but avidity. Eagerness to attack, to protect and to prove oneself. I can only imagine how it feels to be a winner on that ring, but let me tell you, It felt great to feel confident walking on it on high heels 🙂
P. S. – I am blessed with my job because of the zillion opportunities to witness history and be part of it!
Visiting Turkey for the first time was a great experience. It is unbelievable that I grew up in Bulgaria, just a few hours away by car, and never managed to visit Istanbul. This year I finally did, and I intend to visit that fantastic city soon again. Istanbul is the world`s only city located on two continents, and it gathers the beauty of two different worlds beyond comparison. I flew with Turkish Airlines, one of my favorite carriers for transatlantic flights. Arriving in the afternoon, I got caught in the busiest traffic I have seen in Europe, if you drive a rental car keep in mind, it might take you forever in rush hour. That is one of the reasons I chose to stay in Sultanahmet neighborhood which is where the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Sultanahmet Camii or the Blue Mosque is one of the most popular tourist sights in the city. It is gorgeous inside and out, with five central domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. I suggest to visit the mosque inside during the day and enjoy the facade, bathed in blue lights during the night.
Hagia Sophia is another very popular sight in Istanbul. It served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral before it was converted into Ottoman mosque until 1931. Four years later it was turned into a museum. Hagia Sophia was recently renovated in 2017 and its a must see, but bare in mind you will need to wait in line for at least half an hour before getting in.
As I said, I chose to stay in Sultanahmet neighborhood. I rented a hotel room through Airbnb and for my surprise it was nicer than I thought it would be. Turkish people are famous for their hospitality, and I wanted to experience Istanbul in the most authentic way possible. The little, three-story hotel was only 4 minutes away from the sights, and it offered free breakfast which was generously delicious. Most of the hotels or places for stay in that neighborhood have rooftops with a beautiful view of Bosphorus or the Blue Mosque. Here is what was the view from the terrace in our hotel.
But let’s talk about food. If you visit Istanbul forget that you are on a diet. It will be such a pity to come all the way and not taste traditional Turkish Delight or Lokum. On the European side, the prices are higher because of the many tourists, but if you take a boat across Bosphorus, you can see many more stores and local traders. I chose to walk through a lot of markets on the Asian side; I eat kebab over there which was a bit different than the one on the European side. I tried a lot of the street food – ice cream, boiled corn, baked chestnuts, and nuts. Turkish people love to entertain you when they sell you something. In fact, I know that they love to bargain over the price of everything is in their blood. It is almost insulting not to negotiate, but don’t get offended if you don’t get a discount especially in the markets for tourists.
Kapalıçarşı or the Grand Bazar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Famous for its variety of replicas, the Grand Bazar attracts 250 000 and 400 000 visitors daily. I find the spices and the traditional Turkish teacups and silverware the most interesting presents if you plan to buy anything from there. Another tourist place for shopping is Istiklal Avenue which starts from the famous Taksim Square. There you can find all fashion styles from all well-known global brands in boutiques. Turkish Tea is something you simply can’t refuse to try. Stronger than a coffee, that traditional drink unique feature`s is that no chemical substances or additives are used in its production process. There is this gorgeous restaurant terrace at the Seven Hills Hotel with a fantastic view of the Mosque. Their Turkish Tea is lovely.
I went to that same restaurant for dinner too and tries a variety of seafood specials. Another restaurant with a great view is the Peninsula Restaurant which is quite a drive from where I stayed. I also visited Beşiktaş and Galata Bridge – a fascinating place where locals sell fresh fish, restaurant compete with each other to drag tourists in, and you can feel the authentic Turkish culture. Galata Bridge has featured in Turkish literature, theater, poetry and novels.
How to celebrate your birthday at home and in style? There is a way – organize a themed party. Choose a topic, decorate, and pick the menu accordingly. Make sure you tell your friends so they can be on the same page and choose appropriate outfits.
Birthdays don`t have to be expensive. With the right decoration, you can create a charming atmosphere and have a great time with your guests. I celebrated my 30th birthday with a party called “Happy dirty 30”. It was Tiffanys inspired celebration which happened during the day, so my menu included some croissants and martinis at 2 pm. Read more about the Breakfast at Tiffany’s party in my previous post
This time I came up with a different idea – Paris inspired party for my girlfriends birthday. We did not have enough time to set up everything as I imagined it but it turned out to be a fabulous event.
We found online Eiffel tower centerpiece and little Eiffel decorative towers (If you have dinner plates set up you can place the small turrets on each plate on top of the napkin) You can add a bunch of balloons, feather, pearls, and flowers. I found this cute paper roses on Etsy. They are perfect for spreading on the table like rug underneath the Eiffel Tower. Also on the table candles in candle glass jars. You can add some flowers or rocks on the bottom, fill the tank with water and place the candle on top.
Champagne, Champagne, Champagne.
Great people at the door and have a small tray on the side to give them a glass of champagne. (You can find cheap champagne glasses at dollar three or order them online)
Other things you can add to the menu: cheese, meats, olives, french baguettes, grape, caviar, stuffed mushrooms. Have some strawberries to compliment the champagne, and some macaroons ( Trader Joe`s have delicious macaroons for less than $10 a box) Choose pretty cake with flowers decorations. Voilà!
Hi, everyone! I am happy to share with you few pics from my December trip to Seattle – I loved every bit of it and if you ever go there you should spend as much time as you can in the little boutique cafes or at the Piers where the restaurants offer fresh fish and amazing views. First, let me say I was blessed to stay at my friend`s house which is on the Magnolia Peninsula and it has a great view of Seattle. In the morning the crisp air and the sound of the arriving ships are refreshing and romantic. For the 5 days I was there I visited many local, boutique cafes and restaurant.
I did not know what to expect when told to visit the “Glass Museum” Well, I certainly am astonished by the art that ones were just a pile of sand. The Chihuly Garden and Glass is an amazing place filled with color and imagination. You can see reflections everywhere. Especially cute is the reflection of the iconic Space Needle in the glass bowls placed in the garden.
One of the places that really caught my heart – The Pike Place Market. The open-spaced market is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers` markets in the United States. Overlooking the Elliot Bay the place is home to many small farmers, craftspeople, and merchants. I had an amazing fresh salmon in one of the local restaurants with a view of the Pacific and of course, I witnessed how locals sell fish – by creating a show for tourists.
Downtown Seattle carries a young spirit and an elegant, modern look. Seattle is home to Facebook’s largest engineering office outside its Silicon Valley headquarters as well as Amazon`s office building which is 13.6 million square feet (13 times the s I was fortunate enough to get a tour of the Facebook building in Seattle – the 5 stories, 335,000 square-foot office space designs follow the latest trend of open space office buildings
There are no cubicles and no offices – everything is out there open and spacy. The interior designer Frank Gehry says he was inspired by Facebook`s philosophy:
“We’ve carefully tried to represent the philosophy of Mark Zuckerberg in the spaces that we’ve created. We have worked hard to create a working environment that is helpful to the mission of Facebook; one that is open and flexible to quick change as is required in a business that’s moving as fast as they are moving. We want the company to be in continuous compatibility with its environment.”
Актьорите Орлин Горанов, Мариан Бачев, Тони Минасян и Жанет Иванова ще се превъплътят в ролите на медици в постановката „Операцията” по Иво Сиромахов – главния сценарист на „Шоуто на Слави”.
– Кой от вас е всъщност главният доктор? Кой е по-висок по чин?
МАРИАН – Въпрос на естетика е, да. Тя е крайна, което е хубаво, защото има много истина, казана – както и Орлин каза – през смях. Има много смях през сълзи, защото животът е такъв.
ОРЛИН – Зависи от разбирането.
ОРЛИН – Аааа, той е, разбира се, шефът, главният.
МАРИАН – Те, младите, нали са напористи, заради това.
– А вие оперирате ли?
ОРЛИН – Аз не пипам.
МАРИАН – Той е анестезиологът.
ОРЛИН – Да. Само приспивам хората.
МАРИАН – Между живота и смъртта.
ОРЛИН – Аз съм най-важният от другата гледна точка – дали ще се събуди пациентът.
– От какво трябва да се оперира българинът, без значение дали е в Съединените щати или в България? От какво ще го оперирате?
ОРЛИН – Той е съвършен. Според мене не трябва да се пипа изобщо! Иначе ще развалим гениалността! Няма как!
МАРИАН – Всяка хирургическа интервенция се прави само когато е необходима. Всеки вид насилие над живия организъм, особено когато се гледа на нещата, свързани с абсолютно излишни естетически намеси, става брутално.
ОРЛИН – Нямаш предвид моя силикон, нали? (Орлин Горанов прави муцунка с надути устни.)
МАРИАН – Ти си чуден!
Трябва по-скоро, ако можем, дето се казва, душите на хората да запазим, особено когато човек е отвъд Океана – и нашият тип работа е такъв вид хирургия.
– Вие фактически лекувате душите.
ОРЛИН – Това се опитваме. И сега малко по-сериозно на твоя въпрос – какво трябва да се оперира в България? В България българинът трябва да се оперира първо, от излишната си гордост, която е доста безпочвена. Нека бъде по-смирен и нека се опита да бъде по-градивен… На всичкото отгоре – това не съм сигурна дали е така
– Какво научихте вие за лекарите?
ОРЛИН – Нормалният човек трудно би могъл да разбере психиката на лекаря. Особено на хирурга, който е часове, да не кажа денонощия в кръв и други човешки секрети, борейки се за живота на един човек. През главата му минават такива неща, защото и той също е нормален човек като всички останали. И той има чувства.
МАРИАН – Друг път сме се чудели как някой казва – този хирург е правил осемчасова операция. Вероятно 8 часа стоиш на крака сред някакви вътрешности, тече кръв, спираш, оперираш, зашиваш… Нерви, истории – може сега много първично да звучи. В един момент той се прибира вкъщи – става дума за българския лекар, и се оказва, че с тази заплата, която той взема, не може да изхранва не семейството, той себе си не може…
ОРЛИН – Имаме оферта вече от Българския лекарски съюз в свободното време да помагаме. Аз вече имам набор от различни игли.
МАРИАН – Кръговратът на нещата е много хубав. Основният ни пациент, който ние оперираме, се казва Стамат Спиридонов Сандалташев.
ОРЛИН – Това са трите С-та – Стамат Спиридонов Сандалташев.
– Как се чувства вашият пациент?
ОРЛИН – Ами добре се чувства, защото той дойде от Америка, ако трябва да сме точни. Това е истинска, в реален размер кукла, върху която лекарите студенти се учат на хирургия. С всички вътрешности, много добре направени. Абсолютно едно към едно. И този Стамат го връчваме от Съединените щати…
– Значи той сигурно е българин в Америка? Щом се казва Стамат.
МАРИАН – Да, да, той си е с български паспорт. Дойде, три години работи в България сега…
ОРЛИН – Понеже му стана мъчно, сега ще го водим да види роднините си малко.
Постановката „Операцията” – брутална и забавна, ни потапя в действителността на операционните зали в Родината. Реалност, която мнозина от нас са забравили.
МАРИАН – Темата е добра, важна, хората обичат да се забавляват, защото денят им е тежък, свободното им време е скъпо, това българските американци най-добре ще го оценят.
Този тип срещи обаче за мен са много важни, много емоционални, защото срещаме много истински хора с много и различни съдби. Затова и срещите ни, и на финала разделите ни са много трогателни, които аз лично…
ОРЛИН – Не ми напомняй – пак ще се реве…
МАРИАН – Пак ще се реве, това е факт.