Diplomats and artists, entrepreneurs and intellectuals, travellers and writers: the faces which appear in Vagabond's interviews are as diverse as Bulgaria and the people living here. Our first interviewee was Vasko Vassilev, the famed musician, and the one featured just before our 100th issue was the Italian Ambassador Marco Conticelli, giving his optimistic view on the prospects for Bulgaria. Here are the people who have spoken to Vagabond through the years.
Two hundred guests showed up at the launch of Vagabond, on the roof of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, in October 2006, despite the fact that it took place in the morning...
Whenever there is an anniversary of any kind, there is an outpouring of platitudes. As you know very well in the course of the past eight years, this journal has always avoided sweet-talk and commonplaces. We have tried, with the kind of resources we have had, not to take anything for granted, to pose uneasy questions and to demand straightforward answers. This has applied to everything – from politicians to ambassadors, from artists to inanimate objects such as Bulgarian Orthodox churches sitting in the middle of reservoirs. This is why I thought, initially, I wouldn't be making any particular statements regarding our 100th issue.
"Where to go?," is a question most of people have asked themselves at least once, when they have faced the following hard questions: a couple of free days; desire to run away to some romantic place with his or hers significant other; an important birthday or other personal event which should be celebrated in the most memorable way; of just a few days stolen from the work schedule, and devoted to complete relaxation from the troubles of everyday.
The end of the year always comes with hopes for something good in the future after 1 January, and few things embody the expectation and emotion of this moment better than the gifts we exchange between Christmas and New Year. They help us to express our love or feelings of respect, to impress a business partner or just to spoil our loved ones, and ourselves.
The emotion leads us when we chose presents, but a bit of common sense is needed in the process – in the seas of consumerist abundance, it guides us to the best, the more stylish and memorable gifts, regardless of whether they are elegant clothes and watches, fine jewellery or exclusive cosmetics.
Pascal Duffy is a French/Irish entrepreneur and senior sales professional who has chosen to work and live in Bulgaria. He has gained first-hand knowledge on the Bulgarian property market in the last ten years and now, he implements his professional understanding and vision in his new real estate project –First Estates agency operating on the higher end property segment in Sofia.