Here’s our latest interview with a tour guide or certified local as we seek to learn from some of the top experts from the places we love.
If you are a certified tour guide and would like to be considered for an interview, drop me a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat about specifics.
My questions are in bold and the responses follow below. Please excuse us if you see a mistake in grammar, we are travel bloggers and expert foreigners not English writers. 😉
What’s your name and how old are you?
Answer: Chavdar, 42.
Do you have kids? If so, how old are they?
Where are you originally from and what city do you currently live?
Answer: Bulgaria, Varna/Sofia.
How long have you been a tour guide?
Answer: 2 years in Bulgaria + 3 years abroad.
Why did you want to become a tour guide?
Answer: I speak several languages, and have a passion for history and culture. I love meeting new people, being a good host, show people around and share parts of my knowledge.
Are you a licensed tour guide? What cities? If so, from which organization?
Answer: I have my license from the Ministry of Tourism in Bulgaria. I am also a member of the Bulgarian tour guide association. I organise Varna and Sofia tours as well as cross country trips.
How many tours have you provided?
Answer: around 20 in Bulgaria.
Let’s get to the exciting stuff. Why should anyone visit the city?
Answer: Varna is a small pearl in summer. It’s like a treasure chest full of small secrets. It has it all: architecture, food & wine, beach line, clubs, rich history, (n.b. oldest gold treasure in the world), nature and cultural life. Lots if infrastructure projects underway too.
Is the city safe? What areas are not safe?
Answer: Absolutely! You can walk home safely at night.
What’s the weather like?
Answer: Mediterranean like, hot summers, short but cold winters, fresh springs and warms autumns. You can always count on the sea breeze. ☺
What languages are spoken in the area? Is English spoken?
Answer: English, Russian, some of French, German and Spanish. Bulgarians usually learn two foreign languages at school.
Is US Dollar widely accepted?
Answer: Yes, but Euro even more so since Bulgaria is a member of the European Union.
What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?
Answer: City centre (Greek quarter, Cathedral, Municipality, Sports hall).
What’re your top 3 hotels and why?
Answer: That really depends on the price range, but Capitol, Graffity and Panorama hotel – swank, cozy and central, with their own specific character.
How does one get around the city? Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs?
Answer: City is easily accessible on foot, public transport is fine too. There are also plenty affordable taxis and rent-a-cars.
Can you highlight the MUST see sight? Minimum of 5, feel free to share as many as you would like.
Answer: Roman baths, Sea Casino and beach line, Varna cathedral, Tsar Boris I street – main walk.
What’s the best place to take a photo?
Answer: Sea casino.
What about the top 3 restaurants?
Answer: Di Wine, Veranda, and Captain Cook.
What‘s the one thing you MUST eat in the city?
Answer: Black sea fish (safrid f.ex.) and traditional shopska salad.
Any rooftop bars or restaurants that you recommend?
Answer: Black sea hotel panorama bar.
Can you recommend the best shopping areas? Best shopping mall?
Answer: Tsar Boris I street and the Grand Mall.
What about food markets?
Answer: The Blue market and Chataldja market.
Do you recommend any tours outside the city? Islands? Boat Tours?
Answer: Balchik botanical gardens and royal residence, cape Kaliakra , Stone forest.
Where should one go at night? Any bar/nightlife areas or districts you recommend?
Answer: Varna beach line, Horizont night club, Varna local port area, main walk (Slivnitsa street) towards the sea garden and beach strip.
Are Casinos allowed? Blackjack tables?
Answer: Several casinos in town, go for your life! ☺
Any last advice for people visiting the city?
Answer: Eat local food, drink local wine and beer, check out the busy culture life scene, feel free to ask for advice and directions – locals are friendly and hospitable.
How can people learn more about you? Feel free to share your phone, email and contact info below.
Answer: email@example.com, +359889489159, (Viber and Whatsapp)
Thanks for your time! Your insights will help the next traveler.
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