The Sisters http://followthesisters.com The travel and lifestyle blog of Nina and Ellie Alexander Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:13:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://i0.wp.com/followthesisters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-FollowTheSisters.png?fit=32%2C32 The Sisters http://followthesisters.com 32 32 Ice skating, Sofia (rinks, working times & prices) http://followthesisters.com/ice-skating-sofia/ http://followthesisters.com/ice-skating-sofia/#comments_reply Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:12:04 +0000 http://followthesisters.com/?p=4120 Ice skating is without a doubt one of our most favorite things to do during winter. It’s fun, it’s a great exercise for the hips, it warms you up, and you usually end up laughing a lot. So, without any…

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Ice skating is without a doubt one of our most favorite things to do during winter. It’s fun, it’s a great exercise for the hips, it warms you up, and you usually end up laughing a lot.

So, without any further ado, let us introduce to you the open ice skating rinks in Sofia for the winter 2016 – 2017.

The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace is located in Student’s Town (Studentski Grad) in Sofia and there’s usually enough parking. Here’s the location of the parking entrance.

parking entrance to winter palace sofia

Working hours:

Tuesday: 19:00 – 20:30
Wednesday: 19:00 – 20:30
Thursday: 19:00 – 20:30
Friday: 19:00 – 20:30
Saturday: 17:00 – 18:30 and 19:00 – 20:30
Sunday: 17:00 – 18:30 and 19:00 – 20:30

Prices:

Entrance fee – 5 lev
Instructor – 5 lev
Ice skates (rent) – 4 lev
Wardrobe – 0.50 lev
Ice skates sharpening – 5 lev

Slavia

Accross town, near the well-known area of Borovo there’s another place you can go for ice skating. Slavia also has it’s own parking and you can enter it from Koloman street (as shown on the map).

P.S. This particular ice skating rink is open all-year around (not sure about the one in the Winter Palace). So – you can go ice skating even when it’s 40 degrees outside!

Working hours:

Wednesday: 19:00 – 20:30
Friday: 19:00 – 20:30
Saturday: 11:30 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 18:30
Sunday: 11:30 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 18:30

Prices:

Entrance fee – 6 lev
Ice skates (rent) – 3 lev

Ariana Lake

Ariana lake ice skating rink

The ice-skating rink on Ariana lake is located downtown Sofia, in the beginning of Boris’ garden (Borisova Gradina). It’s a really cool place, but please be extra careful there – unlike the above two places it’s more famous amongst non-professionals and they can be dangerous. The coolest thing about Ariana lake ice skating rink is that it’s open 24/7 🙂

Here’s the link to the parking entrance: Google Maps Link

Working hours:

24/7

Prices:

Entrance fee – 5 lev
Ice skates (rent) – 4 lev


Happy ice skating!!!

 

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Are you moving forward in life? Here are 10 things that may be stopping you http://followthesisters.com/moving-forward-life-reasons-stopping/ http://followthesisters.com/moving-forward-life-reasons-stopping/#comments_reply Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:10:28 +0000 http://followthesisters.com/?p=5928 Mastering life is a utopia – after all, if achieving it was easy (or possible) there wouldn’t be so many self-help books out there. But! Moving forward in life is possible. Actually – it’s rather easy. The minute we consciously…

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Mastering life is a utopia – after all, if achieving it was easy (or possible) there wouldn’t be so many self-help books out there. But! Moving forward in life is possible. Actually – it’s rather easy. The minute we consciously decide that we want it. Down here you’ll find 10 stupid little things that may be preventing you from moving forward in your life. Enjoy!

1. If you’re waiting for a change on the calendar to make a difference, you haven’t learned anything yet

If you think that New Year’s day and eve are a great time to re-evaluate the previous year and set goals for the new one, then I’ll have to disappoint you – that’s not quite right. If you’re not re-evaluating your actions regularly and think that you can go for 365 days without checking in with yourself, chances are you will be late with the changes that need to happen.

But if you have – don’t beat yourself up. Make your last NY resolution to never wait for the calendar to determine your life.

2. If you’re counting your problems, instead of your blessings, you haven’t learned anything yet

Have you heard the saying “What you feed grows, and what you starve dies”? If you’re focusing on your problems they will only grow bigger. Starve them, instead. Laugh in their faces. Find out what are the things that will solve those issues. If you can’t see a solution – ask friends or even random people. You’d be surprised how easy it may be to solve a problem. Even a complicated one. But first things first: all problems seem smaller the second you start counting your blessings.

3. If you’re afraid to fall in love because you might get hurt, you haven’t learned anything yet

Falling in love

Remember the first ever holiday you went on? I bet it was awesome or, at least, the awesome parts of it are everything we tend to remember years later. It’s the same with love – even if you get hurt along the way and it ends, everything you’ll remember after several years will be the good stuff. So why limit yourself from that? Go stupid in love and enjoy it!

4. If you have a bucket list you haven’t learned anything yet

You think that the expression “If you want to make God laugh, make plans” is a cliché? Think twice! Having a general idea for how you want your life to go is awesome. But making plans is a sure way to get disappointed. Why? Because it’s very likely that life will happen along the way and mess with your plans. And instead of enjoying the weirdness of the events you may end up stuck in frustration because your plans are destroyed. Take a chill pill, burn that bucket list, and open yourself to the surprises of your destiny.

5. If there are still people in your life you’re mad at, you haven’t learned anything yet

Reach out and take the first thing you can reach. Now hold it for as long as you can. You’ll see that it won’t seem like a big deal the first couple of minutes. Then it starts annoying you over time because while holding it you can’t really do much. If you don’t give up and drop it at some point you’ll realize that something seemingly light will start feeling heavy.

Negative emotions towards others are pretty much the same thing. And although you may not feel their physical weight they’re undoubtedly bothering your existence and preventing the entry of true joy and happiness in your life. So, for the sake of you, let go! Besides – you can’t expect to hurt someone else with the poison you’re swallowing, right?

6. If you spend every minute alone on your phone or online you haven’t learned anything yet

Spend time alone

New technology is brilliant! Seriously – if it wasn’t for Mac’s amazing laptops and the internet, I wouldn’t have been able to have this blog.

As awesome as the access to information may be, however, it creates so much noise that we often forget to listen to ourselves. And no, I am not talking about the crazy voice that screams in your head when someone pisses you off – I am talking about the thought we have and often can’t hear.

So, give yourself the present of listening. It will be quiet at the start (that’s how technological detox feels) but be persistent and you may find out that you and yourself can have a lot more fun than you’ve ever imagined.

7. If you think that you should treat people the way they treat you, you haven’t learned anything yet

The way a person acts doesn’t say anything about others, but speaks volumes about him. If you have an asshole in your life – be it a friend, lover, boss, colleague, or whatever – and you start answering back with the same behavior, then you, my friend, have been defeated.

Don’t give those people the joy of winning over you. Be the better person instead and simply walk away.

8. If you feel stuck in your life, then you haven’t learned anything yet

That’s one of the most annoying things someone can tell you, but I love you and I have to: your life is your responsibility. I am not saying that you’re responsible for everyone’s actions or for everything that happens to you. But you are responsible for the amount of attention you’re giving it.

If there are bad things in your life – get angry! Scream, cry, break something. And move on. Do the things that make you happy. Do the things that make you feel fulfilled when you go to bed at night. That’s all that matters!

9. If you feel disappointed by people you haven’t learned anything yet

So you loved her, she left and you feel disappointed? She is ungrateful? She never turned back to check up on you? Well, people are selfish. And those who seem like they are not, are simply obsessive (give them a while and you’ll see they’ll suck on your energy). So that makes them selfish, too.

In any case – no one owes you anything and you better get used to the fact that you’ll receive things by others when this will work for them. In fact – you’re probably the same! You may spend hours in the kitchen doing pancakes for your family, so you can have this awesome Sunday breakfast together. And you think you’re doing it to make them happy? Sorry to break it for you, but you’re doing it because it gives you satisfaction. Because you have that image of the perfect Sunday breakfast in your head. Ask your teenage daughter – she couldn’t possibly care less.

And with that in mind – stop projecting your expectations on people and stop being disappointed by them. Instead, cherish the ones that share your views of the world and enjoy putting an effort into creating the same image you both have in your minds.

10. If you’re not changing something about your life at least once every six months, you haven’t learned anything yet.

Comfort is awesome! In fact, it’s so awesome that I’ll be jumping in the comfort of my bed right after I publish this. But comfort is boring. And you know the saying – if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards. To ensure you’re remaining relevant, interesting and interested, and most of all – evolving, change something in your life at least every 6 months. It doesn’t need to be something big – change your eating habits, the way you drink your coffee or tea, the tools you use – whatever it is, it will help you expand your horizons and will turn you into the type of a person everyone wants to have around.

🌟 Wishing you an amazing 2018! 🌟

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What flowers to send to your Bulgarian friend and girlfriend http://followthesisters.com/what-flowers-to-send-to-your-bulgarian-friend-and-girlfriend/ http://followthesisters.com/what-flowers-to-send-to-your-bulgarian-friend-and-girlfriend/#view_comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:44:09 +0000 http://followthesisters.com/?p=5897 If you’ve come to this link hoping to see an answer to the question “Should I send flowers to a woman?” I’ll have to disappoint you. I do not know the answer. No woman is like the other one and…

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If you’ve come to this link hoping to see an answer to the question “Should I send flowers to a woman?” I’ll have to disappoint you. I do not know the answer. No woman is like the other one and whether the lady of your heart appreciates it or not – you’ll have to find out by yourself.

As for us – we love receiving flowers and have appreciated every single bouquet we’ve ever gotten. So, if you know your lady would like that, too, and want to make her smile, this post will be useful for you 🙂

What flowers to send when in Bulgaria?

The main reason we wanted to share this post with you is that there are plenty of do’s and don’ts when it comes to sending flowers to a Bulgarian girlfriend, friend, or someone you’re into. To help you choose the perfect bouquet, we’ve put together this informal guide. Enjoy!

Red roses

Suitable for: your girlfriend | wife | lover

Sending red roses to bulgarian girlfriend

Nothing says “I’m into you” quite like red roses and that’s known internationally. In Bulgaria, however, you have to be overly cautious with them. If you are sending them to a lady you’re in a relationship with – great! If you, however, are simply trying to show affection – red roses might be seen as far too aggressive. If she happens to have a boyfriend and he sees them – you’ll get her in trouble. And if you’re sending them to her work place – that’s pretty much like telling all her colleagues that she was awesome last night. Not quite the message women want to leave with colleagues, right? So, once again, be extra careful when sending red roses and make sure it’s appropriate. And never, absolutely never, send them to a woman you’re not romantically interested in!


Pink roses / other pink flowers

Suitable for: girlfriend | girl you’re into

Send pink roses bulgarian girl friend

If you want to melt the heart of a girl you went out with, show her you’re interested, or simply make your girlfriend happy, then pink roses (or other pink flowers) would be a great choice. This color is certainly not something you’ll send to your accountant as a sign of gratitude, but to the woman of your heart they’ll be a lovely surprise. Who knows, that might even make her get some new underwear 😉


White orchids

Suitable for: wife | girlfriend | good friend

Sending white orchids

White is considered to be the color of honesty and clean intentions. With that in mind, you can send it to just about anyone. The one thing you should consider is that orchids are amongst the expensive choices in a flower shop, so if you send them to someone, it should better be a lady you’re close with or someone you owe a lot to. Otherwise you risk being misunderstood  – she may think you’re trying to say something but didn’t have the guts to send red roses 😉


Purple orchid

Suitable for: wife | girlfriend | good friend

When appropriate send purple orchids

It really simply says “I think you’re beautiful” or “You’re on my mind”. It is quite a safe choice, but make sure arrangement is stylish and classy.


Liliums

Suitable for anyone (who isn’t allergic)

Liliums

Liliums are those flowers you can sense 5 meters away from the flower store. They look and smell absolutely gorgeous and luckily are suitable for any situation, regardless of their color. Just be careful – there are people out there who are allergic to liliums 😉


Sunflowers

Suitable in all situations!

Sending flowers to Bulgarian girl friend

Everyone loves sunflowers and the meaning of a bouquet would be “I want to put a smile on your face” or simply “Thank you for babysitting my dog last weekend”. You’re safe to send them to just about anyone and for any occasion. Just don’t bring them to a funeral…


Chrysanthemums

Suitable for anyone

Chrysanthemums

These beautiful flowers are a wonderful choice for any situation. There’s no chance of being misunderstood when you’re sending chrysanthemums, and are a particularly good choice when you want to take a bouquet of flowers at the house party you’re invited to.


Bouquet of spring flowers

Suitable for anyone!

Spring flowers bouquet

A combination of various spring flowers (those tiny ones that are usually gathered in large bouquets) is a safe option saying “Thinking of you” or “Thank you”. Do not send them for a specific occasion however – they can only be sent on a regular day as a sign of affection or as a sign of gratitude for something small. Please remember that those are not a suitable choice for anniversaries either – unless it’s your parents’ one.


Tulips

Suitable for anyone!

Tulips

You can really never go wrong with tulips, especially when they’re in large bouquets. You can send them to anyone for any occasion or without one – just because you’re cool and so are they.


Yellow flowers

Suitable for friends | your accountant

Yellow flower

Generally you may want to stay away from yellow flowers when it comes to Bulgaria. In some regions of the country they are accepted as a sign of dislike – the type of flowers which you’d bring to an occasion you do not want to attend but you’re forced to. In some cases however, they are the only suitable choice and a good arrangement with yellow  flowers may be a great choice to congratulate a friend for a new job or a new baby, or simply as a “thank you” for something small.


Carnations

Suitable for funerals

Carnations

Even though carnations are absolutely beautiful, back in communism these were pretty much the only flowers given to women and nowadays they are quite neglected here. Carnations were (and still are) most commonly the flowers we bring at funerals.


Did we inspire you to make a woman smile? If so, you can use the link below to send flowers (we’re in no way affiliated with the shop – it simply seems to be the only online flower store with an English version) http://www.elfite.net/. If you know any other flower shops online – please feel free to drop the link in the comments below!

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19 pictures proving that Slovenia is a fairytale land http://followthesisters.com/19-pictures-proving-that-slovenia-is-a-fairytale-land/ http://followthesisters.com/19-pictures-proving-that-slovenia-is-a-fairytale-land/#comments_reply Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:45:05 +0000 http://followthesisters.com/?p=5873 Couple of years ago I arrived in Ljubljana at 4 o’clock in the morning. The city was quetly sleeping and only the occassional light inside bakeries was a sign that it’s soon about to be awake. My love for it…

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Couple of years ago I arrived in Ljubljana at 4 o’clock in the morning. The city was quetly sleeping and only the occassional light inside bakeries was a sign that it’s soon about to be awake. My love for it was instant. Ever since I’ve been in love with Slovenia and it’s the kind of love which doesn’t go away even a second. In this short intro I wanted to show you 19 of my favorite photos from this incredible country. Enjoy!

1. The park around Ljubljana’s castle and a view over the city

Autumn in Ljubljana

2. Ljubljana as seen from the castle

The view from Ljubljana castle

3. Sunset above Ljubljana’s castle, as seen from Neboticnik (the town’s 11 story-tall skyscraper)

Ljubljana grad

4. Somewhere near Ljubljanica river

Ljubljana

5. A random church ceiling

Church ceiling

6. The most romantic spot on lake Bled Lake Bled

7. An autumn view of lake Bled and the castle

Autumn on lake Bled

8. Swans making lake Bled even more fairy-tale like

Lake Bled Swans

9. The most romantic bench in Slovenia

If you want to know how to get to this bench, see this post.

Slovenia most romantic bench

10. Predjama Castle

Predjama castle

11. The gorgeous park around Predjama castle

12. Piran

Piran is a small, but absolutely gorgeous town. We found some incredible gems over there and you can learn more about them here.

Piran

13. Piran’s town walls

Piran town wall

14. The stunning view from Piran’s town walls

View from Piran town walls

15. A random work of art: Piran’s mermaid

Piran mermaid

16. A random work of art: Piran

Somewhere in Piran

17. Piran’s beautiful clock tower

The clock tower Piran

18. A fairytale window: the view from Piran’s clock tower

Piran clock tower window

19. Piran as seen from the clock tower

View from Piran Clock tower

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Holiday like a movie star in Miami: how’s, where’s, and what’s http://followthesisters.com/holiday-like-movie-star-miami/ http://followthesisters.com/holiday-like-movie-star-miami/#comments_reply Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:34:45 +0000 http://followthesisters.com/?p=5847 There are several places in the world which are simply not fit for budget traveling. Not because it’s impossible, but it’s because budgeting for these locations might (and is likely to) destroy the experience. I know, I know – sometimes…

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There are several places in the world which are simply not fit for budget traveling. Not because it’s impossible, but it’s because budgeting for these locations might (and is likely to) destroy the experience. I know, I know – sometimes travelling on a budget helps you see places from a different perspective, and opens your eyes, and so forth. Still, having a different perspective would mean that you also know the original, right? So, let’s talk about the original, the real deal, and about Miami as the luxurious heaven it should be.

To get things rolling, here’s what we’ll do: we’ll explore the finest of the finest and we’ll talk about the coolest things to do in Miami. And yes, we’ve discussed each of those with experienced travel gurus.

First things first: where to stay in Miami?

Of course, you’ll find billions of accommodation opportunities in Miami, and trust me: each one looks better than the previous. Quite frankly, I don’t think there’s any chance you go wrong whatever you select. Opting for Miami villas, however, may just be the best decision you’ll ever take. And if you do, please make sure you’ve got enough time on your schedule to enjoy the most out of these spectacular properties.

Luxury Miami Villa Miami Villa Lux Miami Villas

Bars, and clubs, and nightlife for the chosen ones

According to the pro’s there are 3 bars and 3 clubs which happen to be the Miami must-be-seen-at places. The bars are (in no particular order):

  • The Rock Café (no surprises here);
  • Sugar (heavenly garden & a large selection of delicious cocktails);
  • The Corner (the ultimate hipster spot with live jazz and extravagant cocktails).
Sugar Miami The Corner Miami Hard Rock Cafe Miami Florida

The bars, which you should most certainly add to your list are:

  • Club Space: find the Terrace and dance the sunrise away under the beats of some of the finest house DJs in the world;
  • LIV Miami: this is THE megaclub of the megaclubs, seen on TV thousands of times and heard in the song of nearly every rapper out there. Visit this place on Sunday – the well-known LIV on Sunday is nothing short than a celebrity-packed party scene;
  • E11even: if you want to leave Miami with a “WOW” forever engraved in your soul, then this is your place. E11even sums up everything that’s intriguing about this city and won’t leave you indifferent.
Club Space Miami E11even Miami LIV Miami

Yachting your worries away

You didn’t expect us to miss yachts, did you? It’s no secret this is one of the total rich-kids-joys and that’s no coincidence. Unless you get sea-sick easily, please do rent a yacht (with the captain and the rest of the crew) and enjoy the unbelievably spectacular views you’ll be offered.

Yachting Miami Yachting By Miami Beach

No, you shouldn’t skip Miami beach

It is exactly what you’ve heard, but there’s nothing like seeing it with your own two eyes. Aside from the spectacular architecture (South Beach Art Deco District shines with a collection of over 800 protected buildings), it’s the collection of movie star-like stunning people that you’ll see around. Some even call it the new Silicon Valley, joking about the use of the synthetic material… We say: to each their own. Miami beach, however, is equally fantastic for all of us, regardless of preferences and likes.

Miami Beach

The CAR!

Some things are clichés, but others are simply classics. A Jacuzzi nowadays is a cliché – a hot tub, however, is classic. Buying a Porsche during midlife crises – cliché. Renting a cabriolet in Miami – classic. Just make sure you know how to close the top so you don’t get surprised by one of the generous afternoon rains 😉

Cabriolet Miami Driving Miami

And of course – shopping! Because all this pleasure is too much to handle and it requires urgent shopping therapy!

I personally may not be a huge fan of shopping malls, but even my credit card gets excited thinking about the possibility of shopping in Miami. There’s literally nothing you can’t find there, but what’s even better: all the beautiful items of any woman’s dreams are gathered together, just waiting for their people to go find them… How can one say no to that?

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