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was born in the very heart of Sofia. After graduating an English Language High School he went to study Industrial Management in Germany where he spend 7 years. Meanwhile he did internships in the Czech Republic and Belarus and had the chance to travel throughout Europe. After graduating in March 2010 he came back to Sofia to start a new life. In August the same year he also started organizing the first free English language walking tour in Sofia. Currently he is working as sales engineer at a representative of a German company. If you are lucky enough to be part of only German-speaking group, he would be glad to show you around in your mother language.
was born in the Bulgaria's "sea capital" - Varna. However, Sofia has been her home for a few years now. She studied and worked abroad for 7 years in Germany, Greece and Southeast Asia before deciding to come back. During her studies in Mannheim, Germany, she founded a Bulgarian students organization together with other Bulgarian students. Probably the first time she got really enthusiastic about meeting people from all over the world was during her erasmus semester in Athens. Vanya is now working as a Marketing Director in a small Bulgarian company. In her free time she enjoys playing the violine, dancing Irish dances and playing tennis. Travelling has become her passion for life and she's currently discovering the Couchsurfing network. Travelling also made her realize that one of the best things she could do for Bulgaria is to show all visitors how beautiful and diverse the country is. Besides her fluent English, she speaks near-native German (you might get a German-language tour if you are lucky) as well as basic Spanish and Greek.
has been guiding as a certified guide for years, but what she really likes about the Free Tour is the different approach she can have to her guests in the course of the walk because she can easily make friends.She also admires the cultural diversity of the Free Tour groups. Her favourite foreign language is French, but she really treasures English as the modern 'lingua franca'. She often practices both as a freelance translator and interpreterer (among her clients are foreign soccer stars in Bulgaria). She loves Sofia and is really eager to guide you in this amazing city where a plethora of civilizations have left their specific trace. Dima has participated in quite a lot of student and volunteer projects, including Habitat for Humanity. She is responsible for human resources at Sofia's branch of one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe - AEGEE. Dima has visited over 20 countries and can tell you 'hello' and 'cheers' in a number of languages. Currently finishing her studies in law at Sofia University and polishing her German language skills.
is a history student at Sofia University. In 2010 he visited a free tour in Riga and that is how the magic started. Born on the sea coast in the city of Bourgas, he has lived in some other places as well, before finally ending up in Sofia. He's lived here for for more than 20 years and that's why he considers himself more or less a local. He studied in Sofia, then went to do a short military service and finished his Bachelor degree in History. His Master program is American and Transatlantic Studies. He was pretty excited to join the International Students of History Association in 2009 which gave him opportunities to combine his passion for traveling with his passion for history. Couchsurfing also contributed a great deal to his last trips and he is always excited to meet fellow couchsurfers. Among his other hobbies are soccer, movies and music. Having already attended quite a few free tours in Europe, he feels that he needs to contribute to the idea and he would gladly show you around.
is the first and only 'foreigner' in our team but yet a true 'local'. Born in Skopje (Macedonia), at the age of 18 he decided to move to Sofia to study Engineering design. He has also lived in San Francisco for 2 years, working as a bike rental assistant in the biggest rental company on the West coast. Filip is currently doing his Master\'s degree in the Technical University of Sofia. While studying there, he initiated the reconstructing and designing of the first studio for graphic design and moulding in the uni. After living in Sofia and learning about the place and its history he fell in love with the city and its people! He is full of ideas how to make Sofia a better place for both its citizens and its guests. Filip is part of the team organizing the Water Tower Art Fest, for example. His raison dвЂ™etre - adventures, meeting new people and traveling around the world.
was born and raised in the beating centre of Sofia. In March 2012 he came back from a student exchange programme Erasmus in Prague, where he visited a free tour and then started showing his friends all around the city. He has graduated Finance, but at the same time decided to study History, so now he is on his way to graduate his second Bachelor. Daniel has taken part in different voluntary projects, especially with the youth organisations AEGEE and ESN. His passion is to discover new and interesting places, so he will be happy to share with you about his travelling adventures. His other interests are watching movies, running or just enjoying a cold drink in the park with friends.
is a cheerful, friendly, talkative, open-minded, curious and adventurous enthusiast. Born in Sofia, she had a typical socialist childhood and chose to stay on the вЂњeast side of heavenвЂќ after the fall of the Berlin wall. She has a master degree in philosophy, currently employed as a marketing manager in a bank. Her son says she is the worst video game player ever, but the only mom who could be seen on a skateboard in the park.
has been living in Sofia since she was 1 year old. She has lived in 5 neighborhoods near the center of the city so she known some very nice \"secret places\". She graduated a Russian school with second language English. She has a bachelor degree in International Economic Relations and therefore she is interested in intercultural differences and the G7 meetings ;) Her passion since 10th grade in high school is tourism. Ever since she has been trying to change the Bulgarian tourism industry. Logically her Master degree is Management of Tourism. Meanwhile Ina spent two summers in USA - year 2007 in Rehoboth Beach, DE and 2008 in Provincetown, MA. Ina\'s other passion is dance. She is dancing since she was 7 years old. Recently she became an entrepreneur. In the year of 2012, at the age of 25 together with her sister Ina started her own business dedicated to the Bulgarian rose Rosa Damascena.
is a deep thinker and observer. His eyes -- wide angle lenses -- trying always to capture every single detail, even what`s behind the curtain or invisible. Nevertheless, don`t consider him to be the most serious guy, as he is fond of goofing and joking around all the time. Appreciates the people with great sense of humour. Considers himself proud inhabitant of the lands of the Rhodope Mountains, however Sofia has been his home for the past several years and heвЂ™s got nifty advices in order to make your time here even better. A music addict -- dubstep & hip-hop banginвЂ™ through his earphones. Extremely passionate basketball player, if you dare to challenge him... you be stuck playing with him till he finally gets more wins & beats you.
is a young landscape architect recently graduated with Masters degree from the University of Forestry in Sofia. She is originally from Panaguyrishte, but have lived in Plovdiv and for the last 7 years lives in Sofia. She has worked as a gardener in the USA in one of their state parks- Mackinac island. She has also been part of the Children international and Greenpeace fundraising teams in NYC. Currently has a full time job in an office as a landscape architect, but does not mind getting her hands in the dirt, after all that is what green thumbs are for. She is a vegetarian and loves vegan food and cooking. Another of her passions are yoga, swimming and reading.
has Sofia\'s National Palace of Culture as the background in most of her childhood photos - she was born and raised in its vicinity. She left the city to become an academic tourist: she studied first in the American University in Bulgaria, then in the University of Oxford, and finally at EDHEC, a business school on the beautiful French riviera. She then worked as a management consultant in London for a couple of years so she combined a hectic business travel schedule with her already intensive leisure travel plans. As a result, she flew too many airmiles but she met fantastic people and spent time in exciting destinations around the world. A couple of years ago Rossi came back to live in the city of her childhood. She is now taking pictures of her one-year old son in downtown Sofia, and everywhere else the road takes them.
was born in a 19th century house in downtown Sofia, spent most of his childhood in the ghetto, while still studying at the central part, so he has seen both sides of the city. He started learning English when he was four and ended up working as a freelance translator for several years. After graduating from the American College of Sofia, he spent a semester studying Public Administration in his hometown, then three semesters studying Political Science in Teaneck/Hackensack, New Jersey, USA, before returning to Sofia University and starting his education in Law. Apart from English, he has also studied French, Spanish and German and insists he will become fluent in at least two of those as well. In his spare time Stefan likes meeting old friends and new people, writing, traveling, the seaside, the mountains, skiing, swimming and football, but above all he loves history and sharing his thoughts, so he enjoys doing the tours as much as the tourists, if not more so. When asked about an opinion on whether Stefan will make a valuable contribution to the Free Sofia Tour, a reference once said: вЂњI bet my head on that. He is practically a reincarnation of one of those yellow paving stonesвЂ¦вЂќ What this means you will learn when you visit our tour!
is 20 years old. She is studying law at the Sofia university. She really loves travelling and meeting new people. Her dream is to travel around the world, but in the end she will always want to come back home cause Sofia rocks:D and it will be a real pleasure for her to show you her city and try to make you fall in love with it as well.
Up until high school graduation, Yana has always lived in Sofia. Right after that she went to study in The Netherlands where she graduated with a Bachelor degree in European studies. ThatвЂ™s what led her to have her internship at the Council of the European Union in Brussels and her Erasmus exchange in Salamanca, Spain. She speaks fluent English and Spanish and could get around in Dutch and Russian. After this period of studying abroad and travelling across Europe, she came back to Bulgaria two years ago. At present she is doing her Master degree in International Journalism at Sofia University. Yana has always been passionate about her city as well as travelling and discovering new cultures so she immediately fell in love with the idea of Free Sofia Tour. Interested in photography and a collector of peopleвЂ™s around-the-globe adventure stories, she is always up for a walk off the beaten track and later on a nice chat over a glass of wine (or beer, depending on the season).
Martin was born and
raised in the city of Sofia. He has a master degree in International
Relations, but his true passion is history, which is also his
bachelor degree. Firm believer that understanding our history impacts
the way we model our future. Martin is very positive and open-minded
person, who wants to contribute to the development of the environment
in Bulgaria and thatвЂ™s why he is committed to a couple of
non-profit organizations. He believes that happiness is one of the
most important values and takes part in initiatives that aim to bring
smiles to peopleвЂ™s faces. Apart from that, Martin has a broad
sphere of interests - architecture, infrastructure, urbanization,
entrepreneurship, self-development etc. He believes that the city of
Sofia can combine all of his interest вЂ“ the history of the city,
the present situation, the future infrastructure and urban
developments, the events on various topics that
take place in the city etc. Enjoys talking
to people on philosophical topics over a mug of beer.
born in Sofia and has spent most of his life in the city. His biggest passion in
life is music. For him it is more than just a hobby as it takes most of his
free time and is something that he hopes to do for a living. After graduating
from a language high school in Sofia, Nikola went to study music in London. Apart from his love for the
stage, Nikola also loves Sofia, history, meeting people from all over the world
and exploring different cultures and luckily for him Free Sofia Tour combines
all of this. Besides Bulgarian, he also speaks English, French and Russian.
Deni is a free-willing, non-smoking and open-minded young person, always up for a challenge or a change. History is her passion and travelling is her life (or vise versa). She has lived in Sofia for 8 years so far and has discovered the magic of this cosmopolitan city combined with the mystery of decades of history. She was born by the sea (in Varna) where she was working with tourists for 5 years as a tour guide, party guide and advertiser. Deni devoted all the time spent in the University studying History. Her specialization was Russian History, she had practice in Moscow, and then a master degree in Contemporary History. Because she is unable to stay focused only on one subject she got a second master in Tourism Management. Apart from being a PhD student in Contemporary Russian History at Sofia University, she used to be in charge of the Trainings for new guides in Free Sofia Tour, and now she is the HR Manager of the Association that organizes all that.She is fluent in English, Russian and German. Hobbies: reading, movies, photography, traveling. Sports: badminton, cycling, volleyball.
Alya is our doctor in the team (still studying though), so better be on one of her tours in case of emergency :D Along with medicine, her other passions have always been travelling, discovering new cultures and countries. Her limits so far have been Europe and Asia, but she holds lots of travel plans on her mind. A special place in her heart has her Erasmus semester in Poland, which only increased her desire to make Bulgaria a better place and show it to the world! Although Alya is not originally from Sofia, she loved the city from the very beginning and continues developing her attachment to it. She is a firm believer that our capital is improving by the minute and is more than eager to help that happen. Apart from Bulgarian and English, she is working on her Russian and German. A very energetic person, she is always excited to meet people and engage herself into all sorts of adventures.
Anna has lived in the US and Switzerland, but she was born and raised and Sofia, and she will always call the city home. Despite growing up in the capital (and thereby almost as far from the coast as you can get in Bulgaria), she somehow managed to develop an addiction to all things maritime. She studied English and Maritime Studies in the US, and soon she will be going back to get a Master's degree in Marine Affairs. Anna's passions are not limited to staring at waves and dolphins, though: she likes writing, traveling, skiing, good food and wine, and Ultimate Frisbee (although the latter still raises eyebrows in Bulgaria). Things to look forward to on her tour: urban stories from her family archive. Things to beware: a dangerous tendency to bad puns.
Currently is a third year in an international program of NHTV Breda University and IBS Sofia. Studying tourism, Nora hopes one day to become a professional tour guide. She is truly passionate about traveling, meeting new people and exploring new cultures. She believes that life is an adventure and you just have to take the best of it. Her favorite season is summer and she connects it with the fresh spirit and sunny emotions. For the past two years she enjoyed Spanish way of life. She practiced guiding in the magnificent city of Barcelona and since then she became totally lost into that job. Now, Free Sofia Tour has converted to her favorite hobby.