1. Welcome Note 2. My destination - Bulgaria !
2.1 General info 2.2 Bulgarian Flag & Language 2.3. Hints for travelling 3. Useful information 3.1 Before you arrive 4. Plovdiv - a city of history and modern culture 4.1 Where to go and what to see 4.3 Transport 4.4 The prices 4.5 The accommodation 4.6 IPS information 5. Meet your reception team! :) 6. A short lesson in Bulgarian
Dear Interns, Congratulations for choosing an internship in Plovdiv! During your internship, you are going to have a fantastic, memorable and life changing experience in Plovdiv, known as the “WORLD PLAYGROUND”. In order for to have a successful internship in Plovdiv, it is very important to have realistic expectations of the city’s environment. Here's some information to prepare you for your stay in Bulgaria. Sincerely, the team of World Playground .
My destination - Bulgaria ! Bulgaria is a mixture of a long lived civilization and pure wild nature which meet to create a perfect unity between the city life and the great outdoors variety and where everything is close to reach. Where is it on the world Map?
General info Bulgaria is situated in the heart of the Balkans, connecting the classy West and the colorful East and has the characteristics of both. The country was formed in 681 AD and is one of the oldest in both Europe and the world. Respectively, there are simply countless historical and cultural monuments you can discover in itsâ€™ land. It is not strange that Bulgaria in the third in Europe in number of cultural monuments from different eras which are more than 43 000 with 11 of them part of the UNESCO world heritage. Bulgaria lies on 111 thousand sq km which means that in few hours you can switch from climbing the mountains to relaxing at the beach or going to a club. But thatâ€™s not all. In less than an hour you can escape the big city and go to a small village where you can be greeted so nice and friendly and treated with delicious homemade food like a really special guest. And of course the most common starting point of every trip around Bulgaria is its capital city â€Ś Sofia!
Bulgarian flag The colors of the flag are connected with the ancient Bulgarian army. The left wing had white ribbon on the spears â€“ light armed horsemen, who were famous for their speed and surprising attack. The right wing was a heavy cavalry, which had red ribbons. In the middle, there were the ground armies with green ribbons on the spears. The white color symbolizes the heroism of the Bulgarian army, the green color the beautiful nature of Bulgaria, and the red color â€“ the blood that was spilled for the liberation of Bulgarian country.
Language Bulgarian is the official language in the country. It is part of the slavyanic language family. Bulgarian is considered as one of the hardest languages to learn, because of it’s forms and grammar rules. Our language is rather hard language, one of it’s specifics are the short syllables. Because of our past political positions Russian and French are widely spoken by the older generations, while English is more popular among the younger people. Other common known languages are German, Spanish, French and Italian, mostly because of the wide field of study. Because of the borders with Turkey and Greece a big group of people is speaking Turkish and Greek, too. Cyrillic is the third official alphabet in the European union.
Обичаме Ви !
Hints for traveling The Seven Rila Lakes The Seven Rila Lakes are without a doubt one of the most notable natural attractions on the Balkan Peninsula, a dream destination not to be missed. Their beauty touches the thousands of Bulgarian and international visitors who visit them. Plovdiv â€“ The Seven Rila Lakes Distance 160km Time: 2:30h
Belogradchik Rocks The Belogradchik rocks are a nature phenomena which is unsurpassed and were competing for the 8th wonder of the world. The Belogradchik Fortress is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the town of Belgradchik among the renowned Belogradchik rocks. The fortress has existed since Roman times. In 1st â€“ 3rd century AD the Romans built roads in the new provinces of the empire on the Balkan peninsula, as well as fortresses to guard them. Plovdiv â€“ Belogradchik Rock Distance 311km Time: 4:20h
Perperikon A rival of Delphi or the fruit of archaeologists’ fantasies, the half-ruined Thracian city of Perperikon is one of Bulgaria’s most interesting destinations. Discovered 20 years ago, it is still undergoing excavations and every consecutive step of the digs provides new food for the imagination of Bulgarian historians. Located in the Eastern Rodopi Mountains, Perperikon is perched on one of the low hills, 15 kilometres north-east of the town of Kurdzhali. Perperikon could turn out to be the event of the century for Bulgarian archaeology. Its best quality, however, is the fact that it continues to hide layers and layers of history, filled with promising mysteries.
Plovdiv – Perpericon Distance 96km Time: 1:50h
Rila Monastery Rila Monastery is one of the most famous Bulgarian symbols. Not only is it the biggest monastery in Bulgaria, but also it is the most influential spiritual centre in the country and the second biggest monastery on the Balkan Peninsula. It was founded in the 10th century by the monk hermit John, who was later named Bulgariaâ€™s patron saint and his disciples. Rila Monastery is a cultural and spiritual centre. It keeps Bulgarian faith through tough years. Rila Monastery has always been as a source of revival, faith and hope for Bulgarian souls and minds. Plovdiv â€“ Rila Monastery Distance 224km Time: 3:30h
Useful Information Currency Chinese Yuan CNY 1 = 0.23 BGN Egyptian Pound EGP 1 = 0.2011 BGN Tunisian Dinar TND 1 = 0.8784 BGN Polish Zloty PLN 1 = 0.4791 BGN Bulgarian Lev BGN 1 = 0.5115 EUR Change money in banks rather than change bureau, because they are not obligated to always use the real course of money and sometimes they shift number freely.
Bills Beware of fake money !
Tipping Tips are almost never included in the price of goods and services in Bulgaria, so if you feel satisfied with what you get, don’t hesitate to add an extra buck. We would advise you to leave a tip that is somewhere in the 10% -15% range. Tipping with credit or debit cars is not common here, waiters and bartenders prefer cash – never mind leva, euro or dollars (always pay in leva). Use the time when paying the bill to tip, unless you want to leave a huge tip personally. Tipping is not so common when taking a taxi, leaving a tip there is all about to round the money. Don’t expect to win something more than a smile when tipping. In Bulgaria leaving a tip is call “bakshish”.
Time Business hours The official opening hours of most companies and administrative institutions in Bulgaria are from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. This includes banks, ministries, post offices, libraries, etc. However, 99% of the supermarkets, shops and bookstores have longer business hours and are open on weekends as well.
Restaurants, bistros and pubs are usually open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until midnight (at least). And please donâ€™t expect the nightclubs and discotheques to close before dawn.
Night Clubs in Plovdiv open around 12 pm â€“ 1 am
Emergency numbers The most important emergency number is 112 â€“ for Police, Emergency and Fire Brigade. If you call, first you must tell them your accurate location, names then the case for who you are calling. Otherwise you can contact anyone from the team. We will provide you with numbers when you get here. The code for Bulgaria is + 359 for Plovdiv + 032, if you are in Plovdiv and want to dial a number in Plovdiv always start with 032 ...
Mobiles There are three major mobile phone network providers operating on the territory of Bulgaria: M-Tel, Globul and Vivacom. They all provide decent services but due to their affiliations to different international telecommunication groups the price at which you will get them may vary substantially. So if you intend to use your own cell phone during your stay in the country, make sure you are well aware of the roaming fees you are charged and always pick the cheapest option. This will surely prevent you from getting extremely upset at the end of the month when the mobile phone bill arrives.
Internet Oh relax, Bulgaria offers great Internet services so you will be able to check your mail and update your Facebook status even if you are stranded in the most isolated towns or villages in the country. Wi-Fi Internet is available in many hotels, cafes and restaurants, as well as in some parks in the main cities. If you don’t have your own laptop computer, you might as well look up for an Internet café. There is Net-365 group which provides free wi-fi in most of the arеas in Plovdiv.
You Remember what Eddie told you ? Valid Identity card or passport Visa and/or valid international passport - depending on the law of your country A travel insurance International health insurance A document from your university proving that you are a student 3 passport photos for the residence permit you will need to get right after your arrival Also have in mind that if you take your credit/ debit card, you can use it in Bulgaria both to withdraw money and pay on POS terminal, but it is highly recommended to check how much your home bank charges you abroad Bulgaria is a member of the European Union (EU).
Plovdiv – Old and Ancient With its art galleries, winding cobbled streets and bohemian cafes, Plovdiv (Plov-div) equals Sofia in things cultural and is a determined rival in nightlife as well – it has a lively, exuberant spirit befitting its status as a major university town.
Being a smaller and less stressful city than Sofia, Plovdiv is also great for walking. Plovdiv’s always been one of Bulgaria’s wealthiest and most cosmopolitan cities, and it’s also Bulgaria’s second-largest road and railway hub and economic center. Although travelers often merely regard it as a stopover point between Bulgaria and Greece or Turkey, Plovdiv repays a longer visit and will certainly draw you in.
Must see places in Plovediv The ancient theater – it is probably the best known site in the city and one of the most emblematic ones in Bulgaria as a whole. It is built in the 2nd century by the Romans and is still used as a scene for multiple theatrical and musical performances such as the International folklore festival (in July) and the Verdi musical festival for classical music (in June). This picture was chosen for the best picture of Bulgaria 2013.
The Bunardzhik Hill - Its official name is actually “The hill of the liberators”, but almost no one ever uses it. The most common name of the hill is „Alosha” – the name the locals gave to the unknown Soviet soldier whose 25 meters tall monument is built on top of this hill. The monument itself is a controversial heritage from Bulgarian’s socialists, but the reason why we put the hill in our list is the magnificent view of the city. Children's railway - another socialist heritage, built in 1979 as one of the multiple similar institutions in the Eastern bloc. The idea was to teach young people the railway profession as a part of their professional railway training in the specialized secondary schools. Nowadays the railway is renovated, works as a tourist attraction, includes 3 carriages and a locomotive. Several times we even came across wedding ceremonies in the train. The best part is that the railway is located on the highest and most remote from Plovdiv’s center hill, called Dzhendem Tepe /a.k.a. Youth Hill/, which is another place with great view of the city.
Must see places in Plovediv Regional Ethnographic Museum - It is located in the old town and representing the Bulgarian bit and culture, situated in 6 thematic rooms. The house built in 1847 once belonged to a very rich merchant. Its architecture is very typical for the region of the old town and the building is considered a masterpiece and it is a cultural property. The collection includes numerous exponents featuring traditional Bulgarian musical instruments, clothing, crafts and many others which were part of the Bulgarian household for centuries.
The Roman Stadium â€“ it was built in the 2nd century C.E. following the model of the Delphic Stadium and itâ€™s one of the 12 of its kind, preserved in the whole world. In the ancient past the Stadium seated 30 000 people who could watch different kinds of sports competitions, gladiator fights or fights with animals The garden of tsar Simeon - It is a great place for an enjoyable and calming walk. It is designed by the distinguished Suiss gardener Lyusien Shevalas and built in the end of the 19th century. The garden has a strange history - the local administration decided to create a beautiful park to welcome the guests of the First Bulgarian agricultural and industrial fair, which took place in 1892.
Must see places in Plovediv The City Art Gallery of Plovdiv - Is one of the most remarkable cultural institutions in Plovdiv. There you can see some of the best examples of Bulgarian fine arts. The expositions of the gallery are situated in five different buildings, which are close to each other in the downtown area of the city. Four of them are in the Old Town of Plovdiv and the other one is on the main street of the city.
The Bulgarian Orthodox church Holy Mother of God - Is situated in the Old town of Plovdiv. A Christian sanctuary has existed there since the 9th century. The church was renovated in 1186, but it was destroyed in 1371. The present day building was constructed in 1844 and it used to be the main church of Plovdiv. In 1953 the church was decorated painted by Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, Nikola Kozhuharov and others. Inside the temple you can see an orthodox iconostasis. The main motifs are flowers, grapes, branches and leaves. The Episcopal Basilica - The ruins of one of the largest early Christian basilicas in Bulgaria lie near the church "St. Ludwig" also called Episcopal Basilica. The total length of the basilica is 86.30 meters and its width â€“ 38.50 meters. The building had 14 supporting posts, made of marble and masonwork. The most fascinating part of the Basilica are the mosaics that covered the floor.
Must see places in Plovediv The Balabanov house - The Balabanov house was built in the early 19th century by Hadji Panayot Lampsha â€“ a wealthy merchant and banker. The house is named after its last owner, the merchant Luka Balabanov. At present the first floor of the building is used as a hall for exhibitions of modern art and the second floor is a venue for music concerts and many artistic activities.
The old Town - Ancient Plovdiv Architectural Reserve is a wellpreserved complex where on a relatively small area visitors can take walks through different historical ages, see ancient buildings adapted to the modern way of life and feel the spirit of the town from the Bulgarian Revival Period. The Old Town, as the complex is known, lies on a natural elevation â€“ the three hills.
Useful websites Bulgarian State Railways - the trains timetable http://bdz.bg/index-en.php Plovdiv bus station - Bus timetable http://www.bgrazpisanie.com/en
Bulgarian Tourist Site http://bulgariatravel.org/en/dynamic_page/77 Open art Plovdiv - cultural site http://openarts.info/home/ Site about busses in Plovdiv http://transport.plovdiv.bg/desktop/ The alternative map of Plovdiv http://openarts.info/wpcontent/uploads/2013/11/Alternative_Map_Plovdiv_20 13.pdf
Transport Taxis and buses are prevalent. Downtown has a large pedestrian zone. Taxis are (2014) as cheap if not cheaper than bus rides when split between 3-4 people in general. Prices are about 0.40 - 0.80 leva/km. An average ride within the city costs about 3 leva. The taxi arrives in about 3-5min. Remember to order the Taxi from the companies that offer the best deals and wait for it.
Generally taking the taxi that is already waiting will cost you more (sometimes upto 5-times more) avoid them or ask for flat price that fits you! Learn who offers best prices from the locals who often use taxis. Most of the taxi-cars has 4-digit numbers on them, remember some and use it if you need a car, for example: (032) 6665, 6155, 6142, 9199, 6112 and so on.
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Averege Cost in Euro
Averege Cost in Lev
Averege Cost in Euro
lamb kg Sheep meat Kg
poultrymeat Kg Fish, fresh or frozen Kg canned goods Kg
potato kg Soft drinks and mineral water Liter
cooking oil Liter Coffee, tea, cocoa Liter
These prices are taken from Supermarkets, beware when shopping in smaller shops ! Buying local goods is Safe !
The Accomodation It is going to be in one of the student dormitories in Plovdiv. You will share your room with one or two people. When you arrive here you will know more. The dormitories are 20 minutes, by foot, and 10 minutes, by bus, from the center of Plovdiv. Near them you have McDonalds, Sendy ( duner and chicken meat) and many little restaurants, fast food and etc. Plovdiv is a small town and the terminus will be 25 minutes away, using a bus ! By taxi everything is like 15 minutes away !
Information about IPS As we have told you, you will have an Incoming Preparation Seminar on the end of your 1st week. This means 5th and 6th of July. Georgi is responsible for the seminar, so if you have any question ask him. The hut is situated 30km from Plovdiv, 1355m above sea level, so keep in mind that you might need some warm clothes. The IPS is going to be 2 days: From Saturday morning until Sunday Afternoon. It is financed by us so all of us will have to pay a sum of money – it includes transport, accommodation and food. This will be our First “wild” team bonding experience. We will be 17 people: interns + WP team + 2 Guests. Stay open-minded and it will be unforgettable ! There you will receive special Challenges for the IPS and for your whole stay ! Beware there will be punishments, severe punishments !
Information about IPS
This is the schedule we made. Some correction are yet to come, but they wonâ€™t be groundbreaking. Hope you find it relaxing and at the same time attention needing, because there are some session in which we will need your full concentration. The host of the IPS is Georgi and he will be leading most of the sessions (opening plenary and etc.). We will have 2 guest VP TM â€“ Vesi and VP ICX - Val, they will be leading the kindergarten session and the AIESEC what are we doing. Desi is leading the Games and Punishments, while Angel and Galina will are responsible for the workshop and the Bulgarian lesson.
We are here and we are ready !
Meet your team Desislava Garcheva - OCP 1.How do you impress the people around you? With personal attitude and approach and of course with my sense of humor. 2.What is AIESEC for you? At the beginning AIESEC was everything I have always needed â€“ a small piece that completed everything in my life. Now AIESEC is the way to live my life.. 3. How do you see yourself after 5 years? I see myself happy and ready to conquer the world.
4. Describe yourself with a song? Bon Jovi â€“ Always ( it is just my favourite) 5. What is your favourite art ? Theatre and cinema 6. What do you like to eat? Chocolate and ice cream 7. What is the strangest habit that you have? I like watching football alone. I really enjoy it.
I can do everything.
Meet your team Georgi Hristov - OC VP ICX, OC VP ER 1.How do you impress the people around you? First of all I am always trying to be smiling and positive. I am not afraid to express my opinion and feelings in front of people. I know how to have fun, but when needed I am dead serious. 2.What is AIESEC for you? This is the place where you can be You and share your ideas with people. It’s the opportunity to develop and to realize yourself, the missing part of university. AIESEC is an organization in which we DO, we IMPACT and I love that fact. 3. How do you see yourself after 5 years? A young man, enjoying life. I would have helped for the development of LC PLOVDIV. I guess until then I will have my own successful business or I will be working a dream job. 4. Describe yourself with a song? GEM feat. ALEX P и Megi – ИСКАМ 5. What is your favourite art ? – I adore arts. Art that is me. 6. What do you like to eat? A lot of stuff. Mussaka, malebi, barbeque, home made cake and A LOT more ! 7. What is the strangest habit that you have? I like eating with a knife, but I need spoon sometimes …
I always smile.
Meet your team Galina Grozeva – OC VP ICX 1.How do you impress the people around you? With my positive way of thinking and seeing life. 2.What is AIESEC for you? A wonderful environment of young go-ahead creative people and endless opportunities! :) 3. How do you see yourself after 5 years? With a master degree and more experience, visited at least 5 more countries. 4. Describe yourself with a song? The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build a Home. 5. What is your favorite art ? Art is inspiring me in all its’ forms - may be I admire the most the artists from the Renaissance period. 6. What do you like to eat? Tomatoes from my grandmother’s garden and cheese, cream soup of broccoli, leans soup, cream caramel and many others. 7. What is the strangest habit that you have? It’s not a habit, but something strange, that comes to my mind - on my desk at work I've put few toys from kinder surprise eggs.. for good mood
I dream to travel.
Meet your team Angel Stanchev â€“ OC VP ICX 1.How do you impress the people around you? I impress them with my knowledge, positive emotions and of course my remarkable smile. 2.What is AIESEC for you? A change to explore different cultures and to see the world in others eyes, to meet new people, from whom I learn and give something, therefore to become the person I want to be. 3. How do you see yourself after 5 years? I see myself as a personality, which will be spiritually and culturally enriched. Finished my bachelor degree, gone through few @ projects. Made a lot of friendships and visited a lot of countries. 4. Describe yourself with a song? It will be a mixture - Rolling Stones-Laugh I Nearly Died, Whitesnake-Still of the night, Nujabes feat Shing02-luv. 5. What is your favourite art ? I like literature - novels, stories, from all kind of authors and genres. 6. What do you like to eat? Right know I will say cherries. 7. What is the strangest habit that you have? When I take a shower I start from my belly.
Meet your team Paulina Kirova – OC VP COMM 1.How do you impress the people around you? With my various activities and interests . Of course with my crazy soul but when needed I am serious. 2.What is AIESEC for you? A chance to change lives and an opportunity. 3. How do you see yourself after 5 years? I’ll still be in university trying to change people and the attitude towards kids. 4. Describe yourself with a song? Muse - Supermassive black hole 5. What is your favorite art ? Dancing, they will be always part of my life, and making comic books, an way of showing the reality in different an angle. 6. What do you like to eat ? I love desserts and also I can make cakes. 7.What is the strangest habit that you have? When I eat, I eat the desserts first, just to make sure I will not miss the sweetest thing .
I am brave.
Meet our Guests 1.How do you impress the people around you? By always being my true crazy, random, stubborn self ! :) I think that a strength of mine is my positive thinking. 2.What is AIESEC for you? AIESEC for me is the place where dreams come true! Right now a way of living. 3. How do you see yourself after 5 years? As a person who still hasn’t given up on changing the world and is one step closer to achieving it! I will be the same person with strong believes and ideas and
Veselina - Vesi surrounded by people like me but more mature and independent. I will keep searching for the wonders of the world and for myself. We shouldn’t stop developing ourselves. 4. Describe yourself with a song? Not many of you have heard it but – Lady Gaga – Gypsy ! Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World 5. What is your favourite art ? I love all kind of art, in every form, by any artist as long as it is something that truly comes from the heart. Art is everywhere and I cannot overlook any of art (if we can say so).
Valeria - Val
Meet our Guests 6. What do you like to eat ? Everthing sweet … I love trying new meals and combinations of various ingredients. I would like to taste every national cuisine in the world. Meat. 7. What is the strangest habit that you have? I can eat honey with everything, and I can eat anything with honey. Dancing in front of the mirror in my room.
Val – VP ICX
Vesi – VP TM
A short lesson in Bulgarian language ENGLISH
BULGARIAN - BALGARSKI
Legend: Chess /ʧes/ ; Shower ʃaʊə / ; Leisure /ˈleʒə/ ; In bulgarian “sht” is read like “ʃ” ; Letishte /letiʃte/ In bulgarian “ch” is read like “ʧ” ; Vecher /veʧer/ Hello
Dobur den! /dobar den/
Dobur vecher! /dobar veʧer/
Molia ; ako obichate /molia / ako obiʧate/
Part 2 Mrs., Miss
Gospoja, Gospojzitsa /Gospoʒa, Gospoʒitʃa/ Kak se kazvate?
What’s your name?
My name is ...
Imeto mi e …
Where, when, who
Kude, koga, koi /kade, kogɑ , koi /
How much does it cost?
Kolko struva tova?
What is it ?
Kakvo e tova?
Where is the bus stop / station?
Kude se namira avtobusnata spirka / gara ?
Which bus goes to ______?
Koi avtobus otiva do _____ ?
How can I get to ...?
Kak moga da stigna do … ?
What time is it?
Kolko e chasut? / kolko e ʧasat/
SIM card / a coin (phone)
SIM karta/ moneta za telefon
Part 3 Store / Supermarket
Water Where is the toilet?
Magazin / Supermarket
Voda Kude se namira toaletnata ?
How are you?
I don’t speak Bulgarian !
Ne govoria Balgarski
I don’t understand(anything)
Do you speak English?
Govorite li anglijski? / govorite li angli:ski /
What does it mean?
Kakvo oznachava tova? /kakvo oznaʧava tova /
Could you speak slowly?
Moze li da govorite po-bavno ? / moʒe li da govorite po bavno /
How can I say ______ in Bulgarian ?
Kak da kaza na Balgarski ____ ?
Part 4 Leave me alone
Ostavete me !
Yesterday / today / tomorrow
Vchera/ dnes / utre
See you soon
Shte se vidim skoro / ʃte se vidim skoro/
Ok, all right
I would like to buy…
Do you accept credit cards? Airport station Bank
Iskam da kupia… Priemate li kreditni karti? Letishte /letiʃte/ gara
banka policia apteka
Pharmacy One ticket for ….
Edin bilet za ….
Than you for your Attention ! Dear Interns make sure you get your documents here, with everything we will manage ! The World Playground Team Wishes you enjoyable and safe trip to Bulgaria ! If you have questions feel free to contact us !
Complied Booklet: Georgi Hristov – Design & Content Nikolay Nankov – Design Desislava Garcheva – Content Angel Stanchev – Content Galina Grozeva - Content