Bulgaria 🥵

Introduction

“… eastern flank of the Balkans, and is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and North Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east.

Bulgaria lies to the west of the Black Sea and North of Turkey

The flag of Bulgaria. With a population of around 6.95 million and a GDP of around 174.998 billion. Using the Bulgarian lev as its currency. Bulgaria is an EU country.

Do you want a property in the sun?

It is a hot country to visit and in the summer you can guarantee you will be scorching. This is another EU country where the property prices are really low. They are probably no. 1 or 2 in terms of buying price. Again, following my Latvia post 👈, this country has investment opportunity. I would also recommend anyone thinking to invest to actually use the property in the summer or throughout the year. It saves having to pay for hotels and the such and can guarantee you can income when you are not there.

People always – in my opinion, especially people us Brits – look towards places like Spain for a holiday home or summer getaway or even retirement property. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s your choice. Places like the sunny beaches of Florida appeal to me more than Spain. But places like Bulgaria do too. They have various lovely properties from the skiing mountains to the hot beaches to the rural areas You are never far from essentials like shopping, post and pharmacies either. You might like to check this out, I found some ski apartments for as little as €35,000 and they were modern. They are great to rent out for a holiday too.

Some Great Locations in Bulgaria

The capital of Sofia is something to pay attention to. You should probably take the chance to visit the capital of all the countries you visit.

I typed ‘places to visit bulgaria’ when I was searching.. This will reveal tons of fascinating locations for you to see.

There are a ton of beach resorts – https://visitmybulgaria.com/the-10-best-bulgaria-family-beach-resorts/#:~:text=%20The%2010%20best%20Bulgaria%20beach%20resorts%20,smaller%20coastal%20town%2C%20we%E2%80%99ve%20got%20the…%20More%20

You will find cheap holidays, all inclusive packages which is by far the best and only option to consider. Why go abroad and pay for things when you can just pay a lump sum and get it all included? That will usually include flights too.

Flight Times and Costs

5 hours is around the quickest time to get to Sofia. However the flight costs are appearing to be volatile and unpredictable when I search. The imaginary flights I searched for were in September although that is not summer to me, so if you booked for next summer now it would likely be considerably cheaper. £81 is not bad, but includes the stress of changing at an airport en route. I don’t like this idea of changing flights, it’s not economical to do so. However the prices are still reasonable. I based it on a week away as I can’t imagine going this far abroad for a few days. There is still hotel costs to calculate unless you are lucky enough to have a friend there who will let you stay with them… 😜

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this post. I find Bulgaria is a lovely place and worth the visit. I went with my parents as a child. I hope you will go too and enjoy it. I do wish to return and try to visit some of the resort or ski locations sometime in the future.

Hot! Hot!

Hello all and welcome! Another heatwave has sprung up in England. In my northern part I am enjoying frequent 27 Celsius days which is great. Today at 29c and I’m hoping we get up to 35c again.

Let’s all just sit back and enjoy the heat and some nice drinks with ice.

Do you swim?

One of the best things you could do. Going to the beach sounds great but don’t take my word for it. Everyone has different tastes. I could tolerate the hot sand and such for an hour at max in this weather. On holiday abroad though it is usually more bearable. (mmmm, that can’t be right).

Recent News ! *

There is much going on in the world at the moment. We have the on going conflict with Ukraine and Russia. We have the refugee crisis and not just from the war, it is another issues that is long standing.

Everyone seems to have forgotten about the Afghanistan refugees and the fact the country has been taken over by terrorists. They haven’t talked about this in the news at all. They have moved their focus onto two things:

  1. War in Ukraine
  2. Fuel prices
  3. Energy costs
  4. Cost of living
  5. The great reset / the new world

No. 5 doesn’t make me a conspiracy theorist. The Great Reset is a part of the plan drawn up by the World Economic Forum – https://www.weforum.org/great-reset

I don’t think the fuel prices issue will be resolved soon. It fluctuates and has done for years. Cost of living is a joke, it is not really acceptable for supermarkets, and other businesses to maintain such high prices. They do have something called profits. This ties into the energy costs, the companies record record highs for 2 years over the pandemic. Yet they increase bills costs.

When will people wake up and stop paying these bills? Stop paying for bills, stop paying rent or your mortgage, and stop paying for products you need like food. The reason is simple… these companies have stolen the natural worlds resources and it is up to you to reclaim them.

Butchering the Sauna

This is common sense but on such a hot day the outside is the sauna. So… don’t use a sauna. However days like this warrant a day trip to an outdoor spa or something, or a delightful and posh inside spa with pool, whirl pool. You name it.

Personally I enjoy a good swim in a small spa type pool. Or just to kick back and relax.

It is goodbye for now. I am on for my lemon ice tea.

Nuclear Fallout Survival Guide ~ Quick Guide to Preventative Action

Welcome to a brief overview of a nuclear disaster. Following Fukushima and Chernobyl it seemed fitting to write something that may affect us yet again in our life times.

Look at the picture below to see how it affected the entirety of Europe.

It affected the entirety of Europe to some degree

Hard to believe that nuclear weapons exist, seems like only a fool would consider having them. But the thing is the most damage has come from nuclear meltdowns of power plants. A nuclear fallout from a bomb on the other hand… well we cannot imagine how much worse that would be. The fact that these industrial plants can contaminate an entire continent is ridiculous. How selfish are people? How greedy must they be to put the entire planet at risk for some money? Delusional people. That is why the recent war in Ukraine with Russia is proving so frightening, not the possibility of nuclear attack but of indirect nuclear fallout or meltdown should a plant be bombed.

Can they put the reactor into cooldown before it’s too late? They have time to do it should they need to, or maybe not. Failure to put it into cooldown means meltdown.

Photo by Ivan Bertolazzi on Pexels.com

The reason I put the above is because I was thinking of the worst possibility, total destruction of developed nations resulting in a post apocalyptic nightmare. We’d literally be paying cheap to be famous, and those in power would do so for a very small amount of money. Simply because leadership would be useless so the demand would be low and everything dirt cheap. Provided that leadership is still required to some degree, if it isn’t then there wouldn’t be much need for currency. Things like metals and foods could become the new currency.

Meltdown is no joke. When the radiation from Fukushima began to spill out in 2011 – which by the way was only 11 years ago, and at the time I heard nothing about it; I am not kidding – it resulted in widespread evacuation from the area. The radiation spilled into the continent and affected millions. Maybe I did hear about it but forget, whatever happened it caused a lot of problems which officials are not concerned about. If they were concerned they’d be telling us to this day about the dangers of it.

I guess there is an element of conspiracy here. Did the incidence happen? And… are nuclear meltdowns really dangerous? You might be wondering why I ask this. The simple fact that it is only the people closest to the incident that are affected and we don’t hear about the others further afield, or the long term effects like cancer. Most plants are designed to absorb radiation in the beds under the reactors, meaning should a leak occur which it did, the radiation would be swallowed up in large quantities. I am not doubting the dangers, I am saying that I believe some of them are hyped up to scare us.

Apparently Chernobyl is a restricted area. Did you know people still live there? They are healthy. The environment is healthy looking and clean. Obviously if you get close to the reactor site you will find radiation readings, but still low readings in the fairly close surrounding area… The site is also covered now, and nobody can go near it. The site is guarded, and people work there. Russians are currently keeping people working their under duress, but I fail to see how that is duress considering they worked there before the invasion. My point is that there is no need to worry, the workers are doing a vital job I suspect.

I need to talk about preventative action. If and when the radiation spills into Europe you would be wise to take into consideration anything that would decontaminate foods and waters. You might be best to avoid products like fruit and veg should it occur. Anything that grows from soils.

Your body will likely sustain a damage if the radiation is severe, and if it is the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which it could very well be, since Russians have already damaged some of the electrical units and monitoring equipment, then we are in trouble.

The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, is located in Ukraine. In 2006, the government planned to build 11 new reactors by the year 2030 – Wikipedia

It already has 6 reactors, and a leak from them will be devastating to Europe and I suspect beyond. 11 reactors by 2030 is not good either, because it’s completely opposite of clean energy. It it not good for the environment! You cannot simply throw away radiated reactors when the fuel runs out. They need cooling for ages and then storing for something like 2 years. My advice to simply get rid of them and use something else less dangerous. Coal power stations or electrical stations, wind power, sea power… anything.

So have a look at medicines like potassium iodate (thyroid blocking agent, and is used for example after a nuclear accident. taking up radioactive iodine, which may be released into the environment following a nuclear accident). This would help possible prevent radiation getting into your thyroid and causing cancer later on.

Another supplement is definitely activated charcoal – they use this on the beds of reactors to assist in the absorption of radiation. (lowering radiation exposure from radionuclides by removing them from drinking water. Activated charcoal taken internally can bind radionuclides in the GI tract form ingested food and unfiltered water, and carry them all safely out of the body.)

If you already use a filtered water container then great! I do too although I haven’t always done this.

Nascent iodine – Nascent iodine is more expensive than potassium iodide, but it is more palatable and high dosages of it can be given to even children. Experts recommend that iodine should be used to saturate the thyroid as this would make it strong enough to reject radioactive elements from entering the body. Before deciding on the dosage, it’s still recommended to consult a doctor. 

Magnesium – encourages removal of heavy metals from the body. So therefore the radiation won’t have much to latch onto.

Spirulina – can be found in many products and supplements. I have some but rarely take it as it can make me feel a bit sick. You might have better luck with it.

If the spill of nuclear radiation is severe you might want to wash yourself and clothes quickly. Maintain health by washing with filtered clean water. You can’t avoid it in foods but you can buy foods less contaminated.

Sorry there isn’t more to say. I guess protecting the body is more important should it happen. It is a possibility. But the risk is still low. I’m not concerned and neither should you be. To cause such a meltdown in such a big power plant would risk the entirety of Europe and the easts health and safety, it would compromise many things and especially the economy which leaders would not be keen on.

Don’t think I am trying to scare you either. This is no Cold War or post World War 2 communist Stalin propaganda. Anyway have a lovely day!

Cinnamon for Blood Sugar Control?

At the base of this post is the question, will cinnamon benefit your blood sugar control?

I’m not using much other than opinion and personal experience here; for any of you interested in science based posts.

Sure science investigates, but it won’t find anything positive about natural treatments so long as the studies are poorly funded. They care about researching for rich medicinal and pharmaceutical companies. The recent news about ‘serotonin’ and ‘depression’ being a good example as to why you shouldn’t a) trust science, and b) trust research outcomes like these. People need to use their own experiences, trial and error in life.


So, cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snack foods, teas, and traditional foods. The aroma and flavour of cinnamon derive from its essential oil and principal component, cinnamaldehyde, as well as numerous other constituents including eugenol. – Wikipedia.

Just before we move on, it says aroma and flavour are derived from its essential oil. I have used the essential oil form and it is very potent, warming and calming and would make a cold day feel better. Although there is a heatwave coming again, thank God.

I noticed that using cinnamon powder does in fact help control blood sugar and I noticed it was back in 2017. You see I bought a tea and cake at a cafe, being unaware the cake had cinnamon in it. I checked my sugar when I got home and it was perfect, in the normal range. I was suprised as I was sure the sugary treat would raise the blood sugar levels. I was suprised and mentioned at the time. So I had more food later in the evening and suprise again, stable perfectly normal levels. There may be various reasons for this, like reduced stress – I was with my father at the time as he’d come to visit me (RIP, Dad). Anyway we had a good night.

Later I tried using the powder and it did not have quite the effect as being baked. I suspect the amount in the cake contributed to the effect. Of course future use of both cinnamon sticks and powder has revealed the same thing that it does stabilise and control blood sugar levels. It doesn’t quite have the same effect in that blood sugar did fluctuate, rather than staying around the same point. I can say with certainty that it was cinnamon causing this.

Since you won’t have trouble adding this, because it is tasty, you can add it to: cakes, tea and coffee, baked goods, sprinkled on food and dessert… many options. I like to stir my drinks with a cinnamon stick.

However there is some caution to be exercised with the cinnamon. You should be aware that there is two varieties that I am seeing in British supermarkets. A lot of companies won’t tell you on the label, and if you enquire they jump straight to the ‘it’s safe’ argument, despite never questioning the safety. It’s probably because it isn’t safe, in big doses.

Ceylon cinnamon is much safer for your body and liver than cassia cinnamon. I use ceylon with no issues, however should you choose cassia do not exceed 2 teaspoons a day. That is a lot. I have to add that the benefits I saw came from cassia cinnamon too, so make of that what you will.

Ultimately blood sugar control should be a consideration for many people, you should try and keep to a healthy diet that promotes wellbeing and health and adding cinnamon seems like quite the addition. Maybe this will have a bigger effect for those with diabetes, or pre diabetes than those without. It won’t hurt to try. It’s tasty and I promote that.

Thank you for reading. I am not paid by anyone for my posts and I do not accept payments to sponsor products or foods.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21480806/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17909085/

The Leader is a Fool

The leader is a fool

who stands atop his quaint little stool

and wants more than needs with his eyes on the poor

people who cooed at his mighty gold rod

that turned out to be made from dust

they churned the love into lust

beckoned him on

her needs arise

to their surprise

a hero is born from the ashes

independence is a feigned shrill voice

as the meek quiver at jesters feet

The House of Sand and Fog – Movie Review!

A 2003 American psychological drama starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.

“Abandoned by her husband, recovering drug addict Kathy Nicolo, living alone in a small house near the San Francisco Bay Area, ignores eviction notices erroneously sent to her for nonpayment of business taxes. Assuming the misunderstanding was cleared up, she is surprised when Sheriff’s Deputy Lester Burdon arrives to forcibly evict her. Telling Kathy that her home is to be auctioned off, Lester feels sympathy for her, helps her move out, and advises her to seek legal assistance to regain her house.”

That is when Kingsley moves his family into the home after a lawful purchase and Kathy is intent on going back to regain her home. What appears a simple feud soon take a dark turn as the family is treated with hostility. Although they are a good family and have done nothing wrong. It highlights the perception people have of immigrants and how they are treated differently than those born in a country. From work, to home ownership they are looked down upon.

Since the feud seems to be growing, in a relatively small and tight plot, it does open big doors to much potential. But the narrative take a narrow turn and focuses entirely on the negative, the miserable and in the end everyone suffers and leaves you wondering just who suffered the most or if Kathy was indeed in the wrong… personally at the end of the movie I saw her as the one who had done wrong.

I think the acting is superb. And this little gem popped up on Amazon Prime and I’ve left it for a while because it looked cheap, but was good. Granted that in some places the plot was a little bizarre and the direction skewed and awkward but it added to the reality of the movie scenes. Lighting and quality was good, and so was the set pieces of the house.

It is also rated a 15 but in my honest opinion the themes are so strong and at times sickening that I really don’t recommend anyone under 18 to watch this. There are scenes of a violent nature, sexual scenes, self harm and more which are not for under 18 – so please consider raising the age movie critics.

Well this is short because to talk about the movie in depth would ruin it. It’s an adult psychological drama and I would argue borderline horror. It was interesting to watch this movie adaption which I took a chance on. Unfortunately it was a one time viewing and a such I deduct a star;

3 1/2 stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Weekly Roundup!

  1. Introduction
  2. Fist Fighting the Undead Continues on Medium!
  3. Pre-Order/add to library – Beach Town: Survivors now!
  4. Beach Town: Survivors coming to Kindle 29th August! Pre-order!
  5. Beach Town: Hope – Now Free on Smashwords!

Introduction

It’s been a hot summer week. Lots has happened and I’ve been writing tons, editing a lot and preparing for an exciting release. It peaked at 30c here today so a far cry from all the heat warnings. Might I add, England could do with a heatwave, but instead the media has instilled more fear upon the masses! Just let us enjoy ourselves!

As you know I’m writing a novella called Dead Reckoning. A completely different kind of horror story than the usual zombocalypse stuff. To aim for a summer release is ambitious but doable at the rate I’m writing it. Of course I need to take account of editing which takes the longest time. Any alpha or beta readers here, then comment below if you’re interested!

I spent a few hours yesterday reading at a cafe in the sun, which was lovely. I went last Saturday too, and might just make my Saturday the day to do that! How did you spend the day?

I wish I could keep up with all your incredible writings and events but life is hectic sometimes you know? How’s things for you?


Fist Fighting the Undead Continues on Medium!

Pre-Order/add to library – Beach Town: Survivors now!

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Beach Town: Survivors coming to Kindle 29th August! Pre-order!

Beach Town: Hope – Now Free on Smashwords!

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Writer Spotlight #8 – Alexa Sommers!

Welcome to yet another wonderful and insightful author interview. This time we are allowed to meet the No. 1 Bestselling Author, of #smut!

Alexa took the time to chat to me initially over social media to discuss this interview, and I found her work titillating and somewhat wildly different to the usual as she does not have the usual alpha males in her stories but rather the geeks and gamers of our world. I found Level Up to be branding ingenuity. There also seems to be plenty to read from her too!


Alexa Sommers is a best-selling erotic fiction author with a taste for both the sweet and the nasty.

Alexa’s Philosophy: The sexual experience, be it written, read, or enacted, cannot be rushed. It must be savored and prolonged to push forth the lust and desire. It must not only be loved but lived, for only then can we reach the heights we seek.


Where do you live? I’m currently bundled up in a toasty igloo north of the border, eating poutine, watching hockey and waiting for my pet moose to deliver a Timmy’s double double.

Why are you a writer? My standard reply to this question is “to stop the voices in my head from taking over my life” and, while humorous, that’s not far from the truth. When I’m really feeling a story it plays out in my mind on repeat. Spinning constantly and forming until I finally start to put it down and let it free. Writing is cathartic, it’s a form of freeing myself and finding peace. I’ve been a writer my entire life and I always tell people that you write for yourself, you write for the art, the joy, they feeling… you publish for money. That last step was something I didn’t decide to do until early 2020. 

What do you enjoy about writing? For me it is an escape, almost like meditation. I can regress internally and let the story flow, freeing my mind from all the everyday rigors and concerns of life. When it works it’s perfect. When it doesn’t it is one of the most frustrating things I know of.

Tell us about your most recent works: Oddly all my published work is “recent” or at least within the last 2.5 years, but I am currently working on a number of projects. I have sequels to both Terms of Service and Spiritual Awakening underway. Both of these are often requested and in the case of Paranormal Bondage (the Spiritual Awakening sequel) it’s become a running joke that I may never finish it. I have a collaborative project with 14 or 15 other authors planned for this fall which will revolve around a Comic/Game Convention and I have what I call the “epic”, which is a long term novel project I’m working on, it leans fantasy but as with all my work the sexual experience is ever present.

If you could write a book in a new genre, which would you choose? Mystery. I have always wanted to try my hand at a detective novel and may make it a priority sometime in the future.

Do you have any role models or people who inspired you to write? I’m an avid reader so that list is long but Agatha Christie was a big influence at a young age as were Nora Roberts and Nicholas Sparks in my teens and twenties. In recent years I’ve tried to stay away from taking inspiration from other authors so as to find my own voice.

Are you working on anything at the moment? I’m aiming for a Halloween release for Paranormal Bondage and have a few small projects I’ll be working in over the summer. I just released a short “charity” project, Cucked by a Cop, which is part of my “eviscerate you in fiction” series of satire erotica.

What advice would you give to an aspiring writer? Write… don’t worry about everything that will follow. The first step is to get your story down, no matter how error riddled and in desperate need of editing it may be. Far too many people give up before the first draft is down because they don’t think it has value. Your draft will be a disaster. It’s supposed to be. Fixing it comes later.

Where can people buy your books? All my work can be found on Amazon at :

https://www.amazon.com/Alexa-Sommers/e/B083WMR1GR/

http://www.alexasommers.com

Alexa was happy for me to post this interview and I am humbled to have had a chance to gain insight into the authors life and works! Many thanks for reading and show your love by liking, commenting, reblogging and everything else. Have a wonderful day.