1st of March – “Baba Marta” day

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog   Comments Off on 1st of March – “Baba Marta” day

The tradition of “Baba Marta”, in English “Grandma Marta” originates from the pagan times and it is considered one of the oldest continuing traditions in Christian Europe. The holiday or better custom is celebrated on 1st of March in Bulgaria, and something similar in Romania, Moldova and Albania. The day itself is celebrating the rebirth of things,  … Read more

The dog shelter in Kazanlak

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog, Volunteers   None

Before my project here strated, I was asking my boss if it would be possible to volunteer in the dog shelter nearby and she said it wouldn’t be a problem. I was very happy about it as I was searching in the first place  for a project related to the animals’ welfare. Once I came  … Read more

Molly, the Gipsy Princess

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog, Volunteers   None

It have been almost eight months since I have been living here and a half of my staying was fulfilled by the presence of my dog Molly, The Gipsy Princess. You might read her story and think it is not that extraordinary, and I would agree, but still like to share it. It was February  … Read more

The Forest Museum of Shipka

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Gallery, News   None

The afforestation museum of Shipka In 1960 in Shipka was established the only one museum of afforestation in Bulgaria. In a restored house, the museum is located in the hearth of the town, in the street Vozheli (along the church and the community center, toward the town hall.) It commemorates the origin of the afforestation  … Read more

Hike to Bouzli or how to get successfully lost

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: EcoTrail, News, Volunteers   None

When I tell to people I live in Shipka they all are astonished, asking me what on Earth  I’m doing here. Maybe Shipka is not top 1st destination for tourists in Bulgaria, but here are many monuments and interesting things to see and it is becoming more and more popular to visit. One of the  … Read more

The first month in Shipka

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Volunteers   None

I am Eva, an EVS volunteer from Slovenia and I will try to present my first impressions about living in Bulgaria, more precisely in Shipka. I heard about EVS volunteering quite some time ago and decided to try to find a suitable project for me. As I no longer had desire to continue my studies  … Read more

First steps in Shipka

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My name is Antonin, I am 27 years old. I arrived in Shipka as european volunteer since one month and half. The european voluntary service is a program allowing to young people aged between 17 to 30 years to be involved in non-profit projects in Europe and different countries around the world. After completion of  … Read more

Felix Vogeli

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog   None

Photos and paintings from the Shipka museum of the Forrest from the early 1900’s. As you can see the hillsides are bare. No trees are growing. This lead to a cathastrophic floods with every heavy rain. In 1904, at the Kazanlak public request, the Bulgarian Government asked the French Government for help to fight against  … Read more

First walk through Shipka’s ecotrail

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: EcoTrail, News, Volunteers   None

Shipkas eco-trail unfortunately doesn’t start as it should. It begins with rocky road which was started to build due to cutting activities and their benefits. Thanks to Shipkas nature activists, the road building in in this place is banned now. Also everywhere are fallen peaces of wood. It is not only because of this road,  … Read more

Photos of eco-trail

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: EcoTrail, Volunteers   None

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” William Shakespeare “There is no better designer than nature.” Alexander McQueen “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” “Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.” Albert Einstein “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have  … Read more