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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 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.
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.
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 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. That is 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.
Petya has a great passion for travelling. She has traveled the world over from the Americas to
Australia and from Asia to Europe (alas, Africa remains an unexplored
territory for her) and is now eager to share her own home with avid
travelers like herself. Originally from Plovdiv, a centuries old
rival of Sofia, she fell in love with the capital since moving here.
For Petya, her thirst for travel and cultures is inevitably linked to
her passion for foreign languages of which she speaks 4 and a half. She also
majored in Linguistics at Williams College, MA, USA for no better
reason than pure love for languages. Recently, she discovered the
miracle of being self-employed and is now devoting the majority of her
time to developing a startup of her own. Her eclectic interests
include (but are not limited to) Bhangra dancing, inventing new
dishes, running, yoga, Japanese movies, Spanish poetry, and Nietzsche.
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 on the team (still studying though), so better be on one of her tours in case of an emergency :D Along with medicine, her other passions have always been traveling and discovering new cultures and countries. Her limits so far have been Europe and Asia, but she has 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.
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.
Slavyan was born in Sofia and firmly believes that he will stay there, although he loves exploring new places and has travelled around Europe, USA and the Middle East and really hopes to visit more places like Asia and New Zealand soon. He studied Business Administration at the New Bulgarian University, but likes to think of himself as a multifunctional person with a wide variety of passions: he has practiced sports and dancing for years, loves new technology, and aspires to become an entrepreneur by initiating new businesses that might help the development of Sofia. He also loves communicating with people and organizes children camps during the summer. All of that made him realize one never knows when exactly they will meet a person that just might change their life for the better, so he just can't wait to meet you on his next tour and show you around the magnificent city of Sofia.
Vasil was born and raised in Sofia and simply loves this city. His lust for travel was kindled in school when he was taught the essence of tour guiding. School was also the birthplace of his passion for languages: he speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, but is also interested in learning Russian, French and Swedish. He enjoys cooking, creating, all good music and stuff, but most of all he likes movies. He is currently a fourth-year student in an international tourism program of NHTV Breda and IBS together with Nora, another Free Sofia Tour guide. He also had the chance to work as a tour guide in Portugal and Spain and all this is an inspiration for him to make Bulgaria an attractive place and show it to the world.
Dessi was born in Sofia and has been living here all her life. After a series of trips around Europe Dessi started loving her hometown even more – not because Europe is not charming, but because it helped appreciate the less obvious beauty of Bulgaria’s capital city.
Dessi studied at the French language high school in Sofia and is very into Italian language as well. Languages are kind of a passion for her, as she has also studied Spanish and recently decided to get to know the Russian language. Apart from languages, Dessi studies International Economic Relations and is soon to become a bachelor in economics. She has been a participant in various projects of the 365 Association since 2013, but in 2014 made a dream come true – to become a Free Sofia Tour guide and to be able to share her passion for Sofia and Bulgaria with guests from all over the world.
Her few days of spare time are usually dedicated to horse riding, hiking and enjoying the beauty of Bulgaria’s unspoiled seacoast areas.
Kristina, 23 years old.
Nature lover and a free soul.
Mountains are calling for hiking. Rocks are calling for climbing, slopes are waiting for skiing. No matter the season - I don’t have the strength to decline their proposal.
Collecting summits is my passion and as long as their reaching is accompanied with tents and hammocks during the summer or deep snow during the winter – the world is just great.
Hitchhiking and camping are my main summer occupations. Love to explore the hidden places with hot sands and salty waters.
Greatest struggle? Cannot ride a bicycle. Such a shame, much sad.
Being in an adventure is a reason for living. Life is motion, so get moving and come to Sofia to walk around this lovely city!
Although she is half Latin American, Alex feels a 100% Bulgarian. At present she is doing her Master’s thesis in Business Administration and Marketing. She loves singing, dancing, acting and she is a part of the new Sofia Gospel Choir. Alex enjoys traveling and meeting new people and she is always ready to discover new things and places. She believes that apart from the popular tourist destinations in Sofia and Bulgaria, there are also a lot of “hidden beauties” waiting to be found. Alex was actually born and raised in a small town in South-West Bulgaria, surrounded by mountains and forests. When she moved to Sofia to study forestry at the university, she first thought that this city was too dynamic and noisy for her taste. But as soon as she dived into the capital’s rhythm and lifestyle, she started discovering the beauty and magic of Sofia and now she thinks of it as her second home.
Dino was born and grew up in Sofia, a fact that doesn't prevent him from rediscovering the beauty of the Bulgarian capital every day. Theatre and cinema are his passion: he graduated as an actor from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts and currently performs on the capital stages. In addition to history, music holds a special place in his heart. He has produced several tracks and considers a day lost if he hasn't played his piano or trumpet.