Sofia - a city to enjoy

сряда, 16 октомври 2013 г. 9:53 Публикувано от Katia Panchenkova 0 коментара
Come to Sofia, where you can dance with a book, a tree and even with your bike :) I Charleston Sofia


"The great place of complete joy" and its inhabitants

сряда, 9 октомври 2013 г. 12:26 Публикувано от Katia Panchenkova 0 коментара
The Gandan monastery is one of the most important and also the biggest Tibetan-style monasteries in Mongolia. It is situated in the capital - UlaanBaatar and urrently has over 150 monks in residence. The full name, Gandantegchinlen, translates roughly as 'the great place of complete joy'.

While entering to the courtyard, you can feel how relaxed is the atmosphere there, as well as the pigeons, flying around and waiting for someone to feed them. I went to the monastery early in the morning, which gave me the advantage to see the monks in preparation for morning pray.

















Portraits from Europe to Asia

Sofia, Bulgaria

Belogradchik, Bulgaria - Enjoying the first spring sun






Khiva, Uzbekistan

Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara, Uzbekistan - At the gold market


UlaanBaatar, Mongolia - Gandan monastery

UlaanBaatar, Mongolia - Gandan monastery

UlaanBaatar, Mongolia

Khiva, Uzbekistan
 More photos from my trip in Uzbekistan you can see here: http://www.nationalgeographic.bg/?cid=31&NewsId=2531

Olkhon - the shamanist island

събота, 21 септември 2013 г. 18:38 Публикувано от Katia Panchenkova 0 коментара
Olkhon (in Russian Ольхо́н) is the third-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, with an area of 730 square km.

The indigenous Buryats, adherents of shamanism, believe the island to be a spiritual place; one of the groups of deities adhered to in Buryati yellow shamanism is called the oikony noyod, the "thirteen lords of Olkhon. On the western coast, close to Khuzhir (the main village), is Baikal's most famous landmark, the Shamanka, or Shaman's Rock. Natives believe that Burkhan (Buda), a modern religious cult figure of the Altai peoples, lives in the cave in this rock. The rock is one of nine Asian Most Sacred Places.

On the way to Olkhon island - there are scheduled buses from Irkutsk and the journey takes about 6 hrs with 20 min on a ferry. I took these photos in late October - it can be seen how cold it is - in 9:00am it was -22 degrees Celsius.




 Following a Shamanist tradition travelers leave a piece of their clothes or just a small part a material when pass, because of a belief for luck on the way.






Shaman rock or "Shamanka" 




Welcome to my place.. and feel relaxed

18:06 Публикувано от Katia Panchenkova 0 коментара
This blog was created with a purpose to share my travels and shots as sharing is everything:) It is orientated to all of you, interested in adventures, travel and photography! I would be happy if you post your comments here!