Money, money, money

Two days before I finish my work here, I decided to calculate how much I actually make per day. I work full-time in a decent paying job, I’m around the national average.

Make a guess in your mind.

Any guess.

Don’t read on until you have made a guess.

Okay, ready? How about less than sixteen per day, but that’s in the Bulgarian currency… Converted to euro’s that’s less than eight. Is it more or less than what you guessed?
I’m so happy I didn’t look at it this way earlier 🙂

Is it too late to say Happy New Year?

Okay, it’s been a while. Actually, it’s been three weeks. The longer I waited with posting, the more I had to tell, the less I felt like making time to tell all of it. This kept looping and looping, until now. I present to you…

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Three weeks of Bas – in bullet points
self-indulgence
  • Bouwe & Roos arrived at the airport only 45 minutes late. I say only because a lot of flights were canceled or had 4 or 5 hour delays. On Christmas eve! How cliché!
  • Needless to say, there was a lot of partying and playing around. On the second day of Christmas we went to a restaurant and as we were walking home I said “I have to show you guys a really, really bad club. It will be funny.” We all had a beer… then we decided to have another and move to the dancefloor. Two or three beers later we were talking to some Bulgarian guy who invited us to some party on New Year’s Eve. As we were getting our coats, ready to go home… a friend of him came up and said there was a drum ‘n bass party going on in some club and if we wanted to come. Fuck yes. We get to the club, club closed. We go to another, club closing. The Bulgarian guys and girl knew one more place that was open… it was called Kama Sutra and it was a stripclub (original name though). We decided that Christmas is a good time to visit a stripclub for the first time in your life so we went there. It was rather boring. We never spoke to those Bulgarian guys after that.
  • The next day, completely hung-over, we went to mount Vitosha. Took some great pictures, check it out.
  • We celebrated New Years Eve at a club where they didn’t bother stopping the music for a countdown. I left the club at 7 though, so apparently the party was not so bad… after all.. there was drum ‘n bass (and hardtechno… oh, and friends).
  • Then I decided to show Bouwe & Roos Plovdiv. This time around, it was snowy!

Okay, so what else?

  • I have stopped using MSN Messenger. See you on Skype!
  • I have started updating my Photoblog again.
  • I have installed PeerGuardian and found out everyone’s watching me.
  • I’m still a vegetarian.
  • I’m getting more serious about DJing. I’m playing in Utrecht on the 24th of February. Details to be announced!
  • I’m looking for a place to live in Amsterdam. If someone knows a really good deal in Utrecht, tell me.
  • Radio Bulgaria interviewed me. Check it out here!
  • A Bulgarian national newspaper named Trud interviewed me. I’ll put the article up when it’s published.
  • Radio Sofia interviewed me. I have no record of this.

Expect updates to be more regular from now on. I’ll be busy here though since it’s my last weeks in Bulgaria and I mostly want to spend time with the people I’ve met here.

10 things I want…

when I come back. I need your peer pressure to make this happen 😉

  • When I come back to Holland I want to live in Amsterdam.
  • When I come back to Holland I want to cut down alcohol to lower levels or maybe quit completely.
  • When I come back I want to start networking in various music-scenes.
  • When I come back I want to meet Bulgarian students living in Holland.
  • When I come back I want to see if I can find myself a part-time job in media.
  • When I come back I want to get active in activism and start networking and organising a movement.
  • When I come back I want to open up my social circles, not having the same, more or less fixed group of friends as I had in the past.
  • When I come back I want to catch up with everyone.
  • When I come back I want to be a dragon, but if that doesn’t work out, being a good student will do also.
  • When I come back I want to start saving money to leave again.

Shift happens

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I was ill for a week and I’m not really in the swing of things anymore. This week I might go to the mountains to take pictures since it’s the start of the ‘snow season’ there. Oh, did I mention it will be for my work? Sweet.

Anyway, I just stumbled upon this video that I think you all should watch. From beginning to end. It gets better and better the further along you get. Just take 5 minutes and watch it.

On The Air

It was unsure until about 15 minutes ago, but yes, I will hit the studio to do my Philip Kotler piece… and yes, I did find out only 45 minutes before recording.

So exciting! Not sure if I’ll be able to get the whole audio recording of what I’m doing, but I can show you what I’ll be saying, verbatim. Check out my article here.

My stay here in Bulgaria and working for the National Radio is turning out to be such a great experience.

Great quote from Kotler

At the press conference here in Sofia, Kotler answered the following upon being asked by a journalist whether he had ever made any statements in his books which turned out to be wrong over time:

Well, I would sound arrogant if I said I never made any mistakes…
and I’d be foolish if I told you what they were..
So I really can’t even think of an answer for the question.

Philip Kotler in Sofia, seminar and press conference

Two things:

  1. I’m extremely busy, so this post will be short;
  2. I’ll be able to go back to my marketing professor in Holland, after my placement, and tell him I had breakfast (or high tea) with Kotler.

Yesterday as I went to the Philip Kotler seminar I spoke about earlier to interview some of the participants, I was invited to stay and witness the seminar in the afternoon. Sweet.

Kotler signing books at the seminar in Sofia

Over here Mr. Kotler!

Note: you can use these pictures IF you include a link to this website. Do NOT infringe copyrights. I will find out.

Then today I went to the press conference, which turned out to be in the panorama restaurant of the Kempinski hotel here in Sofia. Very good service from the personel, as can be expected in a classy hotel like the Kempinski. It was just a round-table setting, everything was translated to Bulgarian also (to my annoyance), but it was pretty informal and comfortable to ask him a question. Also got a Bulgarian translation of Kotler’s book “Lateral Marketing” signed by him. Sweet. Maybe some day I’ll be able to read the book. More content another time, have to get all my stuff through to the radio first. Can’t post any real data on here before then. I’ll make sure to post the links to all the material as soon as they’re up on the Radio Bulgaria website.

Philip Kotler signing book at Sofia press conference

Oh, go check out my Photoblog, it has updates!

Notice there’s no picture for today yet. That’s because I’m joining a journalist from Hristo Botev to the CD presentation of the Bulgarian Pop Idols winner. We’ll see what’s more interesting 😉

Philip Kotler in Sofia

Philip KotlerThe past week or so, in between all the partying, I’ve been trying to arrange for me to attend the Philip Kotler seminar here in Sofia. Now I really wanted to attend, since it was a great opportunity to do my job as a journalist and learn about marketing at the same time… Kotler being one of the most important names in marketing of all time. It turned out to be completely full, even for journalists. So I decided to see what I could do then… Three things, it turned out:

  1. Go to the hotel where the seminar is to hold interviews with some participants. The organizers helped arrange this.
  2. The day after the seminar I’m attending the press conference.
  3. Interview with the organizers!

It’s not the same as attending the event, but this is as close as I can get. Hopefully I’ll be able to pose a good question for the press conference, but I’m not exactly a press conference veteran so we’ll see how it goes.

I’m not a megalomaniac…

clipped from www.bnr.bg

  • Published on October 31, 2007 at 4:26 PM BG

    Dutch student talks about Radio Bulgaria’s message to the world – objectivity and no stereotype

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    made me do it… They made me write about myself in third person… Go check out the article, though. It’s about the presentation I gave at the radio today.

    Weekend Recap

    What a weekend. Friday morning I left for Troyan with my colleague and her husband to make a report on an event there. Took a lot of pictures. That evening we went to have dinner with all the people who were invited to the event. The deputy mayor of Troyan sent a group of students to our table, since they would be able to speak English to me. I’ll get back to that one later. So after dinner, the group decided they wanted to go get a coffee.. I decided to go along and my colleague joined. So a coffee became an alcoholic drink and what became one alcoholic drink became many. Managed to not speak to any of the girls except one. I wonder if I disappointed the deputy mayor… Woke up early the next day to resume work, wondering when I would be able to sleep more than 4 hours (I’m on a sleep diet again).

    troyan1.jpg troyan2.jpg rila1.jpg rila2.jpg

    We left at around 1… Or started leaving anyway. I got back to my apartment, had about half an hour to get other stuff and buy food. Then I had to go to Bobi’s house, because we were going to a psytrance party on the Rila mountain. After about 2.5 hours of mucking about in Sofia, we were finally on the road. Was a tad hard to find, but in the end we found it… It was SO cold. During the night it got colder and colder, to a point where I did not want to remove myself from the fire anymore. Glad that Bobi could lend me his winter-jacket. At about 6 I grabbed my blanket and slept on the forest floor for about 2 hours. Came home on Sunday at around 12.30 I think. Slept until 8pm, when I decided to go get some pizza. Dead-tired still.. That’s why I’m keeping this post short. I’ll let the picture speak for themselves.

    Click here for the Troyan gallery.
    Or here for the Rila psytrance party gallery.