11 episodes

This podcast will help you gain a perspective of what it’s like to live and thrive in Bulgaria—two crazy America-born Bulgarians who lived in many different cities (now Sofia). Together, we started this podcast to showcase the amazing stories of people who have chosen to move or stay in Bulgaria and are doing awesome things in this country.

We’ll discuss a large variety of topics, from the basics of living in Bulgaria to building a business or career here; we discuss topics that matter to people interested in making a real impact and creating change in Bulgaria.

Back2Bulgaria (Back to Bulgaria‪)‬ ЗаВръщане в България

    • Society & Culture
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This podcast will help you gain a perspective of what it’s like to live and thrive in Bulgaria—two crazy America-born Bulgarians who lived in many different cities (now Sofia). Together, we started this podcast to showcase the amazing stories of people who have chosen to move or stay in Bulgaria and are doing awesome things in this country.

We’ll discuss a large variety of topics, from the basics of living in Bulgaria to building a business or career here; we discuss topics that matter to people interested in making a real impact and creating change in Bulgaria.

    Bulgarian Architect Returns From Italy and UK to Help Open a New Chapter for Historical Buildings

    Bulgarian Architect Returns From Italy and UK to Help Open a New Chapter for Historical Buildings

    Join us in this episode as we explore the journey of Christiana Branzalova, an architect from Sofia, Bulgaria. She studied architecture in the UK and Italy before establishing her own firm, Kanatitsa, in Bulgaria.



    We discuss Christiana's experiences and challenges, from cultural struggles in the UK to discovering beauty and aesthetics in Italy, and appreciating heritage buildings in Bulgaria.



    Christiana shares her work with the municipality of Hvoina to preserve a historic school, her efforts in renovating a socialist-era building in the Semkovo Coliving project, and the importance of community collaboration.



    We also talk about how growing up in Sofia shaped her, her love for Bulgarian cuisine and peaceful environments, and the importance of preserving Bulgaria's historical architecture. Christiana introduces "Open Buzludzha," a festival showcasing the potential of the Buzludzha monument through lectures, concerts, and 3D mapping.



    Don't miss Christiana’s inspiring story and insights on positive change in Bulgaria.



    Share this episode with friends who love architecture and heritage, and subscribe to our channel for more amazing stories!



    This Podcast is proudly hosted and run by ЗаВръщане в България



    Special thanks to BUBU Studio for letting us record in their office!

    At BUBU Studio, they believe in the philosophy of Brutal and Beautiful, delivering stunning visual work. Founded in 2010, BUBU Studio pioneers creativity in visual effects, serving international clients in the film and TV industries. They specialize in VFX, character creation, animation, compositing, editing, and color grading. They don't just produce; they craft.



    Show Notes:


    Kanatisa Website
    Open Buzluzha Fest
    Buzludzha Project Foundation
    Semkovo Coliving
    BUBU Studio
    ЗаВръщане в България



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    • 54 min
    E10 Co-Host Edition: Anni's Journey From Texas to Sofia - Navigating Culture, Work, and Community

    E10 Co-Host Edition: Anni's Journey From Texas to Sofia - Navigating Culture, Work, and Community

    Join us as we talk with a familiar voice, the co-host of the podcast Anna-Maria Andreeva, also known as Anni. A true Texan at heart and a proud Bulgarian, Anni made the unthinkable move to Sofia two years ago. She's all about diversity, community, and believes in the power of leadership to create positive change in Bulgaria.

    In this episode: Anni tells us about her time at UT Austin, her exciting move to Sofia, and her experiences navigating adult life in Bulgaria.

    🔑 Key Takeaways:
    Adaptability is Your Superpower: Anni shows us how being flexible and open to change is key when living abroad. From dealing with new work cultures to overcoming language barriers, she proves adaptability leads to great things.
    Growth Through Diverse Experiences: Anni's story highlights the value of immersing yourself in the local community and culture. She believes that tackling the challenges of life abroad head-on is a great way to grow personally and professionally.
    Value Human Connections: Anni's experiences remind us how important people are in our journey. Kind strangers and supportive friends make a huge difference in adjusting to a new place.

    🎧 Listen to the full episode on Back2Bulgaria for a deep dive into Anna-Maria's transformative experience. Share this episode with someone passionate about Bulgaria, cultural experiences, or inspiring expat stories!

    🌟 Episode Highlights:
    00:00 Getting to Know Anna's Story
    02:10 University Life in Texas
    10:30 Landing in Sofia: A Whole New World
    20:45 Adjusting to Bulgarian Culture
    35:00 Challenges and Triumphs Along the Way
    50:00 Wrapping Up: Lessons Learned

    🚀 Explore the innovative Resonator Creative Technology Hub: Resonator

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    Dive deeper into discussions and stories from Bulgaria with Back2Bulgaria.

    Show Notes:
    Follow Anna-Maria on Instagram
    Connect with Anna-Maria on Linkedin

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    📌 Remember, whether in Bulgaria or anywhere else, go out and do something awesome today!

    • 57 min
    E09 Co-Host Edition: Katy's Bold Move – Defying the Odds from USA to The Netherlands to Bulgaria

    E09 Co-Host Edition: Katy's Bold Move – Defying the Odds from USA to The Netherlands to Bulgaria

    In today's episode, we introduce Katy Andreeva, an American with Bulgarian roots and the co-host of "Back2Bulgaria." Katy shares her incredible story of bold decisions, cultural exploration, and her determination to create a lasting impact within Bulgaria.

    Meet Katy:
    Born in the US but deeply connected to Bulgaria, Katy's adventure started when she decided to study in Bulgaria at 19. Her journey led her to the Netherlands for studies and career growth. Working in growth marketing at the early stages of two fast-growing tech startups, she spent a total of eight enriching years abroad. Now, she has called Sofia home for about a year, and she's thriving.

    What to Expect in This Episode:

    Defying Expectations: Join us as we confront the negativity often found in Bulgarian cities and debunk the myth that success can only be achieved abroad.

    Embrace Possibility: We delve into the untapped potential of smaller Bulgarian cities and the importance of building a can-do attitude.

    Career Journeys in The Netherlands: Katy takes us from the US to the Netherlands and back to Bulgaria, sharing her insights into navigating job challenges and making career choices aligned with personal values and growth.

    Join us for an episode that's not just about Katy's personal journey but also about embracing opportunities, building a fulfilling life, and contributing to Bulgaria's growing future.

    Notes:
    📸 Follow Katy on Instagram: Katy's Instagram
    🏔️ Discover Asgard Villa and Asgard Horse Stable in Sandanski, Bulgaria
    🚀 Explore the innovative Resonator Creative Technology Hub: Resonator

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    Dive deeper into stories from Bulgaria with Back2Bulgaria.

    Back2Bulgaria Podcast:
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    • 44 min
    E08 Global Travels, Local Impact with Alex: Insights for Embracing Bulgaria’s Potential

    E08 Global Travels, Local Impact with Alex: Insights for Embracing Bulgaria’s Potential

    In today's episode, we introduce Aleksandar Dimitrov - born in Pleven and an entrepreneur whose global experiences have helped him stand out and gain a broader perspective on life, enriching his contributions to Bulgaria. Join us as we explore his journey from working abroad in the US to starting businesses in Sofia.

    About Alex Dimitrov:
    Explore how Alex's adventures in the US, Czech Republic, and Uganda have profoundly shaped his worldview and approach to both life and business. Alex also runs Amused, a consultancy helping founders generate leads using their personal brand to educate. Explore his inspiring story and mission to empower Bulgarian entrepreneurs. 🚀

    Key Insights in This Episode:
    1️⃣ Boosting Rural Entrepreneurship: Alex is on a mission to encourage entrepreneurship in Bulgaria's smaller cities, sharing knowledge and encouraging innovation.

    2️⃣ Choosing a Different Path: Learn about Alex's unconventional choices, like teaching speed reading, and why he decided to make Bulgaria his home instead of seeking business opportunities abroad.

    3️⃣ Demystifying Bulgarian Business: Alex clears up common misconceptions about starting a business in Bulgaria, revealing the promising opportunities available.

    Making a Cultural Impact:
    Explore Alex's efforts to bring positive change to Bulgaria, from advocating for bike lanes to simplifying administrative processes. He shares stories about bridging cultural gaps and understanding diverse perspectives.

    Highlighting Bulgaria's Potential:
    Together, we uncover Bulgaria's hidden strengths and discuss how taking on new opportunities can improve the market and challenge existing beliefs.

    🌍 Tune In for a Fresh Perspective:
    Whether in Bulgaria or abroad, this conversation with Alex Dimitrov is set to be insightful and engaging, offering a fresh look at entrepreneurship and culture.

    Show Notes:
    Reach out to Alex Dimitrov on Linkedin
    Follow Alex's travel adventures on Instagram
    Follow Amused for advice on lead generation


    Resonator Creative Technology Hub (https://www.rsntr.com/)


    Jingle Jam Podcast (Erasmus Stories): https://open.spotify.com/show/5IucvNMK7b4fG28YGsRqih

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    • 52 min
    E07 From The UK & France to Varna: Hristo's Journey into Entrepreneurship and Mentorship

    E07 From The UK & France to Varna: Hristo's Journey into Entrepreneurship and Mentorship

    Today, we spotlight Hristomir Hristov, an entrepreneur, mentor, and the driving force behind Приказките (https://prikazkite.bg). From leaving uni in Manchester, working as a chef in France, to diving into Bulgaria's startup world – you won't want to miss his story!

    🌟 Episode Highlights:

    Manchester to France: Hristo studied psychology and sociology in Manchester but decided to switch gears. He headed to France and picked up some cooking skills in like, Paris and South of France.
    French Cooking Adventures: Dive into Hristo's world of food while he worked and studied. From late-night Parisian rat surprises to the vibrant parties in the South after a hard day's work.
    Big Business Boost: Back in Varna, Hristo got into an entrepreneurship program. Some top-notch experts from Silicon Valley dropped by and shared their knowledge, which totally changed how Hristo saw things.
    The Power of Good Company: Hristo’s not just about business; he values friendship and learning. He shares some stories that show the mentors and mentees who gave him advice, and having both is a blessing.

    Hristo's story isn't just about one guy's experiences. It's a shoutout to all the possibilities Bulgaria offers. It inspires all of us, showing that success can start right here.

    Show Notes:
    Find Hristomir Hristov on LinkedIn
    Приказките - Героите от любимите ви детски приказки оживяват в приложението ПРИКАЗКИТЕ
    Кошар
    Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center Foundation (BEC)

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    • 52 min
    E06 From Hungary to Germany to Bulgaria: Maria’s Journey of Finding Freedom and Reinventing Her Art

    E06 From Hungary to Germany to Bulgaria: Maria’s Journey of Finding Freedom and Reinventing Her Art

    In this episode of Back2Bulgaria, we are joined by Maria Kalcheva, the remarkable artist and entrepreneur behind Miss Me Today? (https://www.missmetoday.com), whose journey led her from Hungary to Germany and back to the heart of Bulgaria.

    Maria shares her unique experience of studying and working abroad before realizing that her true home is in Bulgaria. Throughout the conversation, Maria emphasizes the importance of prioritizing mental well-being and how it ultimately led her to make the decision to return to Bulgaria.

    She also shares her experience of starting her own art business in Bulgaria and the immense support she has received from the local creative community.

    Her story serves as an inspiration for anyone looking to pursue their artistic dreams and create a purposeful life in Bulgaria.

    Tune in to this episode to explore Maria's incredible journey and the vibrant art scene in Bulgaria.

    Subscribe, follow, and share the episode to support our mission of showcasing inspiring stories and promoting the true potential of Bulgaria as a place to call home.

    Show Notes:
    Here are the links to all the initiatives we discussed in this episode

    Maria Kalcheva: https://www.missmetoday.com/about
    Miss Me Today? Online Shop: https://missmetodayprintshop.com/bg
    Miss Me Today? Instragram: https://instagram.com/missmetoday
    Miss Me Today? Facebook: https://facebook.com/missmetoday
    Belka: https://m.facebook.com/belkasoundandform


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    • 45 min

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