The exciting sea breeze, the endless opportunities, the travelling in style – if these are your priorities, rent a yacht for your holiday.
The 30-year-old car fitter Kone Yaku arrived in Bulgaria from Abidjan in 2012. He is applying for refugee status and has won two cases in a Bulgarian court, but after a "no" from the Supreme Court he is still in limbo. After several months working in a call centre, Kone Yaku is now a model at the National Academy of Arts.
Depending on whom you talk to, the Bulgarian capital was either a lot better or a lot worse place to be in at the height of the Cold War. Sofia was an intelligence hub where operatives from "fraternal" nations mainly in the Middle East and Africa gathered to "exchange ideas" and plan their operations, under the watchful eye of the KGB and its Bulgarian vassals.
It's easy to achieve beauty and strong confidence for the most sensual of the seasons
Beaches and tranquility, nightlife and adventures, luxurious hotels and quiet abodes – the Bulgarian Black Sea coast has something for everyone
We met 35-year-old theatre costume and stage designer Rin Yamamura a couple of weeks before her latest premiere, Jeanne of D'Arc, directed by Petrinel Gochev, in Gabrovo. Rin Yamamura lives in Sofia, with her the six-year-old daughter.