DS: Last country where you were based before coming to South Africa
DS: Most interesting place in South Africa
HE: The Cape Peninsula
DS: Your impression about South Africa
HE: Very interesting country rich in diversity, multicultural, beautiful nature, hospitable people.
DS: One place you would like to be posted to or visit
HE: Any place to be posted gives you the opportunity to discover new people, culture, history. I would like to visit Latin America.
DS: Most memorable appointment thus far
DS: Most challenging situation that you had to handle thus far
HE: When posted in Paris (2005-2009) we worked hard for the liberation of the Bulgarian nurses and a doctor unduly condemned to death by the regime in Tripoli.
DS: My inspiration is/comes from.
HE: My family and my country. My family is the sense of my life. My country Bulgaria makes me proud with its rich history, cultural heritage, folk traditions and customs bearing the wisdom of the ages and the light of the future.
DS: Place in your country that you love to visit.
HE: Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria (300 residents) nested in the south slopes of Pirin Mountains, among sand pyramids with queer forms. The town is an architectural reserve and most of the buildings are cultural monuments. Melnik is famous with its excellent red wine and taverns.
DS: Most interesting place to visit elsewhere
HE: Bretagne, France
DS: Favourite dish of your country
HE: Shopska Salad and Kiselo mlyako (the Bulgarian yogurt)
Shopska salad is a traditional Bulgarian cold salad made from tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, raw or roasted peppers and sirene (Bulgarian white cheese). Shopska salad is a very distinctive Bulgarian dish. It is named after a group of very frugal people called shopi who live in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia.
“Kiselo mlyako” is the Bulgarian yogurt, one of the things that make Bulgarians proud to call themselves Bulgarians; it is their exclusive invention and heritage that dates back many centuries. It is believed to have been known for at least 4000 years. Bulgarian yogurt is identified as a reason for longevity. Bulgaria is one of the countries with the biggest number of people aged 100 years and older. The Bulgarian yoghurt is the best yoghurt produced in the world. The only place where you can produce it and find it in its unaltered form is Bulgaria. This is due to the same Lactobacterium Bulgaricum that is used to make the Bulgarian cheese and which grows no place else in the world. If you are thinking of organic yoghurt - this is it in its purest form.
DS: Tastiest dish of another country.
HE: Vienna sausages
DS: The best book I have ever read.
HE: The best book I ever read or one of the best is the historic tetralogy “ The iron lamp” of the Bulgarian classic writer Dimitar Talev about the indomitable spirt of the Bulgarian people under foreign domination.
DS: At the moment I am reading
HE: The Jungle (The Oregon Files) by Clive Cussler
DS: I spend my leisure time
HE: Reading, walking, swimming, being with family and friends.
DS: One sentence describing a lesson that you have learnt from being a diplomat
HE: Never say never. It is quite common but I find it full of wisdom.