Welcome to Cultural Insights, a blog about Sustainable Travel, Cultural Exchange and Undiscovered Bulgarian Culture.
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Hello, my name’s Tatyana Garkavaya, I’m an author and creator of this blog, a Lifestyle Writer and an enthusiastic traveller.

This blog was inspired by my experience of dealing with the project European Capital of Culture (ECoC). In 2018, I devoted my master’s thesis at the University of Milan to the analysis of the communication strategies of Aarhus 2017 and Pafos 2017. This followed by my internship at Plovdiv 2019 and Galway 2020. For several years, I’ve met dozens of creative practitioners from the past, current and future ECoCs. We still continue staying in touch and exchange our experiences.

I am truly pleased that for one year, Cultural Insights has become a networking platform for art lovers and sustainable travellers who favour responsible travel and support their communities and visited places.

You can find more details about sustainable lifestyles in different countries in my interviews with creative practitioners of Plovdiv 2019 (Bulgaria), Kaunas 2022 (Lithuania) and Veszprem-Balaton 2023 (Hungary) and my accounts about my visits to Athens (Greece), Paris (France), and Liverpool (England). Additionally, I share personal discoveries during my journeys which I often combine with volunteering. The posts Counting dolphins in the Black Sea and My discoveries with Galway 2020 are good examples.

Original experiences found in Bulgaria particularly strongly resonate with me and definitely form the strong basis of my blog. I enjoy exploring the interplay of culture and nature from childhood. Especially, the cultures I’m affiliated with by birth – Bulgarian and Ukrainian ones.

The motto of Cultural InsightsShare Ideas & Inspire Changes – reflects my personal credo and lifestyle. By exchanging experiences, we enrich our lives, get inspiration and find support.

The content of this blog is 100% original and created by me in 3 languages with the use of best communication practices and digital tools.

As an award-winning communications specialist, for over 15 years of my career, I’ve developed portfolios in 4 languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and English) across a variety of platforms, including print and online social media. Now I work freelance with small businesses helping them to prepare communication strategies and content. With my blog, I keep myself up-to-date with current social trends and hone my communication skills.

As an avid traveller, I’ve visited over 20 countries and lived in a quarter of them for study, work, or volunteer purposes. Cultural Insights helps me explore and promote the best sustainable travel practices, and constantly meet incredible people that shape the cultural heritage across Europe and develop modern culture.

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