Did Keukenhof ring a bell? Pretty sure you’re thinking of the vast tulip field in Lisse which only opens during the Spring season but it’s not what this post is all about. Unfortunately, I was too late to catch this flower show during my visit last August. This, however, did not stop me and my boyfriend to travel all the way to Lisse to see what remains of this spectacular garden which eventually led us to a different secret garden in the heart of Kasteel Keukenhof.
12 hours seems so short for all of them yet, I had all the time to get lost. What a day! In the end, I was able to do only less than half of my plans. As I came to reflect on this trip, I can’t help but to ask myself, “Did I really waste my time this time?”. To wrap everything up, here are the things that I learned from getting lost in Hong Kong on a 12-hour layover.
Layovers can be boring or exciting. It depends on how you make the most out of it but most of the times, it surely depends if the Passport Control officers allow you to pass the gate without sacrificing a chicken to the travel gods. HAHA! My trip to Bulgaria was surely a long one and with the 12 hours layover in Hong Kong, it seems like forever! But all thanks to the visa-free policy, I had the chance to sight-see these Hong Kong attractions… or not.
There’s so much history revolving around the building where the National Archaeological museum currently stands. Long story short, the museum replaces the oldest and the largest Grand Ottoman Mosque in Sofia. Now, it holds over 450,000 treasures excavated from the Balkan Peninsula and from all around the world.
Bulgaria is not only a country rich with archaeological finds but its local cuisines also speak much about its culture and history. Experiencing these Bulgarian foods is one of the highlights of my trip. To give you an idea, here are the top 5 foods to eat in Bulgaria.
A low-cost weekend is one of the greatest things on Earth. Fortunately, you won’t have a hard time fitting a small budget for a great weekend when you’re on the Land of Roses. How? Read this guide to know how, where and why you should be partying in Bulgaria.
I finally came to a realization that I have to pack light when traveling. My recent trip to Bulgaria made me carry a 21kg luggage filled with winter clothes to layer and some pieces of clothes for partying and fancy occasions. This also includes 2 pairs of footwear– heels for fancy dates, parties and social gatherings and black winter boots for the thick snow. Well, of course, I had to do everything that I can to keep warm, right? But guess what? Half of the clothes that I brought with me were untouched! I dragged a freaking 21kg luggage to the other side of the world only to find out that I was packing unimportant things in there! WOW! shookt!
Alas! I can finally tick-off skiing from my bucket list. Not that my skiing skills are something to be proud of but this winter activity has been on my list for a long time already. This tropical girl, born under the sun, finally got her hands on these skiing gears and that, my friend, is something that I can rejoice– for now. For the skills? Well, I guess I can improve that later on.
Traveling from the Philippines all the way to Bulgaria sounds like a crazy decision to some but for me, it’s an adventure that will last a lifetime. Two weeks was not enough to entirely discover Bulgaria but it’s enough to make me fall in love with its people and culture. I can’t believe Filipinos are skipping this in their travel plans.
Getting a Bulgarian visa is not that common for travelers because anyone who has a Schengen visa, which is a more popular one, can enter this Southeast European country with it. If you’re someone who needs a Bulgarian visa or you’re simply curious how I got mine, here’s a not-so-long post that can give you some information.