As I recently got back from a seaside vacation, I thought I would share with you an article that I wrote last summer about the place we visited. It’s a very special post for me, so I hope you enjoy reading it. xoxo, Lora
Obzor. A small Bulgarian town on the coast of the Black Sea. A place that will stay forever in my heart. “Nothing special”, you’ll probably say while passing by Obzor with your car down the highway. But you’ll never know what secrets this town hides unless you take some time to explore its magical streets. What you’re going to feel is actually unbelievable… I’ll never have the power of the words to describe my feelings during our sea vacation this summer. It wasn’t the lively town center or the beach that impressed me. The quiet streets did. Those long and narrow streets with apple trees beside them. Those same streets where no cars drive along… where a smiling elderly would reach out his hand through the fence to give you a fig that he has just picked from his garden… where people live simple. Simple things. That’s it. Happiness is hidden in the most unexpected places.
I saw many places during our holiday but my mind captured this calm neighbourhood near the sea which somehow attracted me. There were old abandoned houses, young families and lush greenery. I could feel the spirit of this place. I could see history just in front of me. This place was a combination of past and present and I was a part of that change…
I had a wonderful time spent in Obzor and I’ll definitely come back for more inspiration. It’s incredible to see such a place where time has stopped but life is still pure, simple and meaningful.
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
I’ve never done the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag before (and I might be quite unqualified to do it) but I decided to give it a go. I may be a little bit late but I guess being late is what I’m really good at. 😀
Shame on me… I know, I know! But let’s calm down and talk about books now because I’m excited to answer the tag’s questions!
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR
I expected this question to be quite hard for me (as I’m that type of person who really gets into the book’s story and laughs hard and cries… A LOT!) but it happens to be easy! The best book I’ve read in 2017 is definitely “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman. I’ve never read such a touching and heart-warming book. I can even say that it was better than “The Fault In Our Stars” (which is unbelievable for me!) Brilliant story and characters! I recommend it to everyone!
BEST SEQUEL OF THE YEAR SO FAR
I’m afraid I haven’t read any sequels in 2017…
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
- “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon
- “Textrovert” by Lindsey Summers
- “Boy: Tales of Childhood” by Roald Dhal (it’s not a new release but it was recently translated in Bulgarian)
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017
“Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green!!!
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
Olly from “Everything, Everything”!
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Definitely Elsa from “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” and Flora Banks from ”The One Memory of Flora Banks”! Those two characters were very unique and had wonderful qualities.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR
I don’t think that there was a book which had disappointed me in some way because I don’t like setting up certain expectations before reading. But there is something that really pisses me off about the books I’ve been reading lately (I’m talking about the Young Adult literature) – THEY BASICALLY HAVE THE SAME STORY!! They are all about a girl with an illness who finds love… And it is always the girl who is ill!
(examples – ”The Fault In Our Stars”: Hazel Grace has Thyroid cancer, ”Everything, Everything”: Maddy has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), “The One Memory of Flora Banks”: Flora Banks has anterograde amnesia)
Don’t get me wrong – I loved reading those books! But I feel like the only interesting thing about the female characters is that they have an illness or they’re dying. GIRLS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG not only when they are fighting a disease and people need to know that!!!
BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
”The One Memory of Flora Banks” by Emily Barr. This book was a present for me from a very special person and the story was something more than I expected. 🙂
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)
Fredrik Backman from Sweden. I love his humour and his writing style!
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
*I actually am! Because both of the links (↑↑↑) will lead you to my book review. Muahahaha!
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Another reason why I absolutely adore this book! Am I totally obsessed with it? YES!
FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR
I read “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon about two weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I was a little bit sceptical about seeing the movie later on (because I don’t like watching the movie after I’ve read the book, as I’m likely to change my mindset about the story). But I went to see it with my friends and I was surprised how well it was made. Some moments weren’t the same as those in the book but my overall impression is good.
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR
”Britt-Marie Was Here” by Fredrik Backman has two wonderful illlustrations on the front and the back. I got it for my birthday and I couldn’t ask for a better present! ❤
BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR
- ”Gangsta Granny” by David Walliams
- ”13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher
- ‘‘Wonder” by R. J. Palacio
- and 3486 other books which I won’t have time for (because DAYS ARE TOO SHORT AND I WANT THEM TO BE 57 HOURS, NOT 24!)
THANK YOU for taking the time to read this post. It was my first tag ever and I hope you liked it. Feel free to answer the questions on your blog too and tag me, so I can read your posts. Wishing you a lovely day! ❤
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
I’ve been enjoying the summer time a lot lately and I’ve found plenty of time to read and check some books off my summer reading list. (click the link to see it!) As I finished “Billionaire Boy” the other day, I decided to type a short review of it. 🙂
Okay, so first I would like to mention that this was the second book, written by David Walliams, I’ve read. The first one was “Demon Dentist” which had a really interesting storyline and characters. One thing I noticed about Walliams’s writing style was that it was very similar to Roald Dhal’s. As Roald Dhal is one of my most favourite authors, it was quite easy for me to get into the story and follow the plot.
Title: “Billionaire Boy”
Author: David Walliams
Genre: Children’s, Fiction, Humor
Rating: 4 ⁄ 5 stars
“Billionaire Boy” tells the story of 12-year-old Joe Spud whose father invented the half-dry-half-moist toilet paper and became a billionaire. Joe has everything you can imagine (and everything you can’t even imagine): a formula racing car, his own orang-utan butler, a real-life shark in a tank, every video game in the world, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and so on… But there’s one thing he doesn’t have but really wants – a friend.
That’s why he insists on going to a normal public school, and not a rich private one. Joe also decides to hide the fact that he is a billionaire, so he can find someone who likes him for his personality, not for his money. During the first school day, he finds a friend, Bob, who doesn’t suspect anything. Even when Bob finds out Joe’s secret, he still wants to be his friend. As the story goes on, Joe Spud runs into some problems and adventures and finds out that true friendship can never be bought with money. The plot twist at the end is kind of predictable but touching at the same time. David Walliams displays the ideas of loyalty and trust in a brilliant way while including some humour. 🙂
A heart-warming, entertaining and humourous book. I recommend it to every child who is willing to explore the mysteries of wealth, every teenager who needs a reminder of what true friendship is, and every adult who wants to have a good laugh. 🙂
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
Looks like Bulgaria has given us a very hot and sunny weather lately and I’m loving it! 😉 I’m definitely going to take advantage of it as I have some awesome road trips and activities planned. However, one of my favourite things to do in summer is listening to music… NON-STOP! (especially when I’m travelling) So why not make a list of my favourite summer tunes, right?
Bellyache (Marian Hill Remix) – Billie Eilish
“Sittin’ all alone, mouth full of gum, in the driveway. My friends aren’t far in the back of my car, lay their bodies…”
I recently found Billie Eilish’s music and I’m so happy about it because it’s very unique and different. Honestly, I have to say that I enjoyed the remix more than the original song. It has a great rhythm and I’m planning to do a choreography on it. Let’s see how it turns out! 😀
Ocean Eyes – Billie Eilish
“I’ve been watching you for some time. Can’t stop staring at those oceans eyes…”
Another one of Billie Eilish’s great songs but it’s slower and there are mostly vocals.
Rodena Takava – DARA
“Там има някой, който да ѝ отива, да отваря вратата пред нея и да я разсмива…”
This is a Bulgarian song with a very catchy beat. I watched DARA perform it live at a concert in my town and I couldn’t help but dance! ❤
Can’t Get Enough – Basenji
“I can’t get enough of you. Oh, I’m falling into this again…”
I heard this song for the first time in my favourite film – “Nerve” (it’s in the soundtrack). Since then, I can’t stop listening to it.
Ne Si Za Men – Kristian Kostov
“Понякога искам да те прегърна. Понякога бягам и пак обръщам се назад…”
Another Bulgarian song on the list – the debut of Kristian Kostov (who, in case you didn’t know, won 2nd place in Eurovision 2017). I like the rhythm and the lyrics.
Feel It Still (Lido Remix) – Portugal. The Man
“Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now. I been feeling it since 1966, now. Might be over now, but I feel it still…”
I’m in love with this one because of its energetic beat and summerish feeling. Plus, the remix is FIRE!!
Leave me a comment with YOUR favourite summer song, so I can listen to it. You can also follow me on Instagram (@my.messy.blog) because I post a lot of cool stuff there too. If you’re interested in seeing my last year’s summer playlist, here’s a link: A Summer Playlist 2016. Wishing all of you a lovely day! ❤
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
As you all know, I really love dancing! Being able to express myself in such an awesome way is what makes dancing so special for me. But there might be quite a few awkward situations which dancers can’t avoid. So this post is dedicated to those exact struggles which you may have experienced if you are a dancer. Let’s just laugh together! 😀
1. When you miss one class and they’ve learned an entire routine
Let me just… burn in hell.
2. When no one remembers the dance
I guess this happens way too often during rehearsals for concerts or performances and we all just look at each other like: ”What is happening?”
3. Having to response to everything with “I can’t, I have dance”
Oh, those iconic six words… Personal Life < DANCE
4. Doing a choreography in your head instead of paying attention to the class
5. When you have to change your clothes for every dance in the concert over a short period of time
I always feel like Usain Bolt when I’m running from the stage to the dressing room to change my costume. 😀 Quick changes (as they call them) are the worst!
6. Feeling like you’re really rocking the dance but then watching the video and being disappointed
Basically the story of my life. Every time I decide to record myself, that’s how I think I look like when I’m dancing:
That’s how I actually look like:
7. When the teacher says “One last time!” = 648 times
It’s never the last time!
8. Dancing to the songs in the supermarket
Every time I go to the supermarket, they are always playing the songs which we use for our dances. So I end up doing the choreographies in the middle of the shop.
9. Hanging around in public with your stage make-up on after a performance
People are sometimes scared of me…
10. When you have so many inside jokes with your crew, that it’s difficult for other people to understand you
I feel like we don’t communicate like normal people anymore because of all the inside jokes that we have. But that’s a result of everything that we have experienced together. 😀
I rarely make dance-related publications. If you enjoyed reading it, leave me a comment, so I can make more posts about dancing. You can also check out my previous post: 15 Struggles Only Book Worms Understand! Wishing you a lovely day!
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
GUYS, IT’S FINALLY SUMMER AND I CAN’T BE HAPPIER ABOUT IT! ❤ I finished ALL of my exams (including the English PET Cambridge exam) and I can now enjoy my free time without worrying about anything. If you still have tests going on at your school, I’ve got my fingers crossed for you because I know the struggle. Everything will be fine, trust me! ❤ It’s been a long and tough school year. However, I’ve never been so excited about the upcoming summer days. That’s why I wanted to show you some marvelous ways to make your summer a little bit more awesome. In this post I’ve also included several activities which I personally love to do in this season, so I hope you’ll like them too. Let’s start!
Many people choose to be lazy in summer but staying active is really important for you and your body. It may sound like a cliché but it actually isn’t. 🙂 Taking advantage of the good weather and using it to do a sport will definitely be a plus for you. A great way to stay active in summer is to join a camp or a sporting activity. The possibilities are endless. You can always search online or visit the local sports centre to see if there’s a camp or a course in your area. Last summer, I did this and I found a dance group which I joined. About two months later, I also attended a dance camp and it was so much fun! Even if you are not keen on camps and courses, you can always do some of these activities with your friends:
- riding bicycles
- hiking in the mountains/ having a walk in the forest
- playing volleyball in teams
- jogging together
PLANNING YOUR SUMMER READING
That’s definitely something I love to do in the beginning of every summer vacation. I simply create a list which includes the books I would like to read in the summer. Sometimes I use Goodreads (which in case you don’t know is a really cool website for bookworms) to challenge myself to read as many books as I can by setting a “goal” in the Goodreads system.
Our school has a required summer reading list to complete. However, I enjoy creating my own. Sharing the books you’ve read with your friends and spending time in the local library (which I just looove to do) are two awesome summer activities for you to try out!
EATING FRESH FRUIT
I don’t wanna sound like your grandma but there’s a variety of fresh fruits growing during the summer (especially here, in Bulgaria). And I particularly love sneaking into my grandpa’s garden and picking off some berries or figs. I recently found some wonderful lemonade recipes on Pinterest which are perfect for the hot summer days. You can make them with different fruits and flavours, so don’t mind clicking this link and checking them out! 🙂
HAVE A BONFIRE OR A PICNIC
Bonfires are my guilty pleasure! It’s not like I love to light up things on fire… *awkward silence*… I actually do! (especially if they are my ripped up old homework) 😀
However, my family, friends and I do this every summer and it always turns out great. On my last birthday grandpa lit up a campfire and we roasted steaks and s’mores. I highly recommend you trying out the idea this summer. I guarantee you that it will be lots of fun! Even if you’re not a fan of bonfires, you can always find a peaceful place for you and your friends to make a picnic.
SEND LETTERS TO YOUR FRIENDS
Sending real letters to your friends (a.k.a. using the “snail mail” = letters delivered by postal delivery services) is one of my most favourite summer activities. If you’ve never sent a letter through the post, I challenge you to do it this summer! It’s a more personable way to communicate with somebody and keep in touch with everything that’s happening in their life. You can decorate your letter or put something else in the envelope (a bracelet or a packet of candies). Plus, the letters you’ve already received are a great summer memory. You betta keep them! 😉
Well… I hope you enjoyed reading my super duper long post. Let me know in the comments what is YOUR favourite summer activity and if you’d like me to post more of these! ❤ Wishing you a lovely day!
I don’t know what to say… Just read it
In a few hours I’ll become a schnauzer lover without a schnauzer. Just like an art admirer without any piece in their home. In a few hours, for some, I will become a hypocrite and in n less than three I will be boarding a plane saying my final goodbye. It’s funny how change is just a phone call away. Just yesterday I was living in a world where my boy wasn’t suffering and now I was forced to accept a truth nobody wants to hear. His time is limited. Jack has begun to suffer more and more convulsions the voice of the veterinarian was explaining miles away.
I was stuck between the sword and the wall. In each option Jack’s health and happiness was in jeopardy and my mine concern. One of life hardest decisions had to be made and the responsibility laid on me. I bought the…
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Hey, world! It’s Lora. ❤
I finally managed to write a new blog post (yay!)… which is very rare for me lately. As you already know, I’m having three extremely important exams this year in May and I’m struggling with finding time for my hobbies.
*says she doesn’t have free time*
*keeps sitting on the couch and scrolling through Instagram posts*
Anyways… As Easter is one of my favourite holidays, I decided to make a post all about my Easter 2017 celebrations. In Bulgaria we decorate and dye chicken eggs in different colours for the occasion. There’s also a tradition where each person hits the other person’s hard-boiled egg with their own. This is known as “egg tapping” (peep the link for some more interesting info) The egg which didn’t crack is the winner. If your egg is strong and beats the others, it means you’ll be healthy during the whole year. This year I wanted to improvise a little with the egg decorations and make my eggs look funkier. So here are some techniques I created and tried.
My first idea was to make colourful sprinkles on the egg. I also added some sparkly details with a fabric paint pen. The consistency that comes out of this pen is super squishy but when it dries out, it looks really cool.
The next idea is totally my favourite! ❤ I basically found it on Pinterest but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. The eggs should look like sleeping girls after the transformation. The design is beautiful and plain – that’s exactly why I like it. And you’ll only need a permanent marker of your choice to create it. When I finished drawing the face of the girl, I drew a flower crown and added dots in pastel colours with a cotton bud.
After that, I decorated a few eggs using a traditional Bulgarian technique. I put on a glove and coloured it with paints in different colours. There are no rules, so I just experimented and created a mess. When I was ready, I started holding the egg in my hand, so the paint can leave some colourful patterns on it.
My little brother loves dragons and dinosaurs. That’s why I created a design that looks just like a dino egg. I used the technique with the glove ↑ to paint the eggs. Then, I sticked on some googly eyes, added thorns on the back and funny faces, so they can look just like dinosaurs. (…what was I thinking? dinosaurs can’t make silly faces…)
For those who don’t celebrate Easter in this way, leave me a comment below and tell me more about your traditions at home. 🙂 I would love to read your thoughts and learn how you celebrated this lovely holiday. I hope I’ll find more free time for my blog very soon! Bye, guys!