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How to work a ski season in a ski resort

Apr 28, 2013 3 Comments by

With the official Bansko ski season over, the town all quiet, and my shoulder being in pain and in a sling (that’s another story for another day), I’ve been reflecting on emails that I receive every year, as regular as clockwork. Typically they are along the themes of: “How can I have a working season […]

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How my snow dreams are coming true

Feb 10, 2013 No Comments by

Snow, weather and the “pre ski trip snow anxiety syndrome” is everywhere I look. I know the feeling too well. In previous years I used to organise an annual lads ski trip in January. The countdown to the trip was something that became more like an obsession, than a minor distraction. In those days there […]

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Bansko calendar 2013, by hand

Nov 21, 2012 3 Comments by

The making of the new Bansko calendar, by hand, for 2013 started out in January. And it’s just finished today. And because it’s been one of the key items of the week, then I thought I would show you some more months. But a reminder, that for all early bookings (over £100/€125) on the ski […]

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Why Petya Petkova needs your help. My hardest interview yet.

Sep 23, 2012 10 Comments by

Bansko is a place for enjoyment for many. For fun ski and snowboarding times, hiking, mtb, for gastronomy — for many reasons. But recently I was told about this woman whose life is no fun any more. Her name is Petya. Read on for why she needs all the help she can get.   Introducing […]

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The Orlando Stefani, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena General Manager interview

Sep 15, 2012 No Comments by

Orlando Stefani has seventeen years experience in the hospitality business including six years as a General Manager. He is the first interviewee of a regular series to be posted here on Bansko Blog. Orlando Stefani, a Swiss national, has been with the Kempinski group for more than ten years, in three continents. He has been General Manager in Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko […]

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Expat living. Help online

May 29, 2012 2 Comments by

Expat living in Bulgaria is nothing new. But I have been meeting as regular as clockwork every ski season a number of people taking “mini retirements” in Bansko. Often these retirees are expats just for the winter ski season.   Ski and mountain enthusiasts brings most.   Moving to Bansko for pure work reasons has never […]

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Earthquake in Sofia. Shaken in the night

May 22, 2012 5 Comments

I woke up, then I screamed. Dazed, I wondered what was happening. The bed, the wardrobe doors, and the half opened door, are shaking and rattling loudly. The ceiling was moving in a blur above me. The lamp swinging vigorously. And this deep roar…   …   “It’s an earthquake (wikipedia link)” said my girlfriend. 03:00 […]

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