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Other (10)

Can I have your hair???

I have had short hair before, and its not for me. Leaving aside the popular notion that short hair is easier to keep, for me it was too much work – it took a lot of time to mangle with in the morning to avoid it looking like an angry cactus. Nowadays I dont even brush my hair for days, you cant beat that.

So the answer is not, sorry.

Do you home school your chil­dren?

No. Well, yes, but no. My kids dont go to school, but they also dont go to a home school either. There is no school to speak of (boy, I would have killed for that, all those years ago). After a lot of thinking, reading and more thinking, we decided that given enough opportunities, and encouraging and stimulating environment, children will learn what they need. So far so good. More about this you can find here

How many lan­guages do you speak?

I speak two, but understand almost three.

Obviously Bulgarian is my first language. Since we were a communist country, we all did Russian, no questions asked. I hated it. Not sure if it was the fact that I had to learn it or something else, but the moment it stopped being compulsory, I forgot it. Or so I thought, as I catch myself listening to the Russian news and understanding it.

I started learning English in late primary school. I think I did some more in high school, but I really started to be able to use it in South Africa. I am still learning and making mistakes that make Mr.Blab, and I am sure some of you, laugh.

I have dabbled in French and German in various points in my life, but remember very little of it.

I would love to learn Spanish and have software I lean on from time to time.

Read any self help books? :)

Ha-ha-ha…no. I have some unexplained aversion to them and the big section in the book store always makes me a bit sad.

Are you close friends with your neigh­bors?

We are on friendly, chat and laugh over the fence,  terms, but I would not call them close friends.

Will you be drop­ping in here dur­ing your travels?

Sure, why not. Can you accommodate five more people in your house?

How long will you be gone for?

Hopefully no less than a year, but who knows. Nothing is stopping us from going for longer, and if the budget finishes, we are coming home earlier.

Will you remain an Aussie cit­i­zen ;-)

Most definitely. Oi! Oi! Oi!

I admire your drive to chal­lenge your­self. When did that begin?

I have always been quite hard headed. Not always appreciated by my mom, but its her fault (isnt it always?). I was not allowed to not know something, or to be unable to do something. I was a latchkey kid, which probably pushed me even more. The earliest memory I have is when in kindergarden. Parents were asked to bring some materials in for us to do crafts with. My mom had a huge bag from work or somewhere – huge. We forget it and I say no problem, go home alone, use my key with the big nail that was sitting under the door mat for leverage, grab the bag that is bigger than me, and take it to kindy. Everyone was shocked and my mom would tell the story for years to come. I still have memories of pulling the thing through the street.

How did you and Mr. Blab end up together, two peo­ple from very dif­fer­ent parts of the world, liv­ing a com­pletely dif­fer­ent country?

I was studying here, he had come for love that didnt turn out very loving, but loved the country and stayed.

Then he seduced me. No, not really.

I was a client of his and he was so kind, wonderful and helpful, that while on holiday back in Bulgaria, I got him a little gift – a traditional pipe. I guess he liked it ok and gave me a call ;)

photography (3)

Did you study pho­tog­ra­phy or is it just a hobby?

Both. I studied some photography in University as part of my degree, but it developed to what its now by being my hobby.

Besides your cam­era, what other pho­tog­ra­phy equip­ment do you use (flash unit, light­ing etc) and how many lenses do you have?

I have two flashes and three lenses at the moment. I have never used the one flash, as I need a special gadget to get it to work and never got around to getting it.

The lenses are Nikon 50mm 1.8,  Nikon 80-200mm 2.8 (sold that one, to purchase a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 and a Nikon 55-200mm) and Sigma 18-50 2.8.

The last lens is what stays on my camera 90% of the time. 8% goes to the prime Nikon and the 2% to the most wonderful 80-200 one. It is an amazing lens and has beautiful bokeh, but its huge and heavy. I guess my comfort wins over my search for a beautiful image. Its the story of my life really. (So I sold it finally to finance a change of lens collection)

The flash comes handy for indoor shots and when I take pictures outside in a contrasty setting. I have the Nikon SB800 and love it.

Do you use a polar­ized lens?

No. I had one when I used a film SLR, but that is all history now.

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