Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2022 4:38 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: February 7, 2020
Birthday: February 23
Country: Bulgaria

About Me

I come from my beloved Tenerife 💖 🌴🌅one of the Canary Islands (Spain) and I spent many years living in bonnie Scotland.

I am also of Swedish ancestry and anything Scandi makes my heart flutter 🙂 hehe.

Currently living in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria.

I recently quit my job as an accountant and on 21st October I started my first research position -mix of Due Diligence and Politics- in this country, excited and feeling a little proud of myself! That is Monday to Friday.

I am three subjects shy of obtaining my MBA 🤓📚 🎓-via a Scottish university; I fly back to the UK twice per year in order to sit the exams - too so yep, I definitely keep myself busy.

Teetotal. Non-smoker. Childfree by choice.

I adore...

Swimming - Politics (my first degree was on this subject) - Digital Nomadism

Long Handwritten Letters 📮- Irish Potato Farls - Train Journeys

Cooking & trying out new recipes

Traveling (Istanbul, Brussels and Geneva are among my favourite cities in the world and I return for a visit as often as budget allows)

My dreamlands are Namibia, Chile, Alaska & New England states (USA), Armenia, Canada and Georgia the ex-Soviet republic. I hope to visit these places in the next few years

Shiatsu - Literary journals - Ballet performances

Pistachio Ice Cream - Anthropology - Polaroid cameras 📸

Husky Dogs (but I do not have any pets at present)

Matrioshka dolls and all things Russian

Art Galleries; I have recently taken up painting 🎨... I can tell already I won't be the next Picasso 🤭

Pottery - Chess - Vegan leather - Ikea (furniture and the veggie hot dogs!)

True Crime - European Cinema - Drinking Tea (NO black tea though; caffeine-free only)

Pizza 🍕- Zines - Cacti & all Succulents

Books (YA, Science-Fiction, Anthropology, Crime/Mystery, Haiku, Poetry)

The Sound of Taiko Drums - Botany - Holidaying in Bansko (google it, it's gorgeous!)

Coconut - Cinnamon - Turmeric - Oregano. I have loved these flavours since I was a child

Etsy - Robots - Philosophy - Online Learning

Hiking - Coding (Rust, now starting to learn Ruby on Rails)

Oxford shoes - The Smell of Cherry Blossom and also Jasmine

Learning Foreign Languages

🎶 🎸Country Music (also Jazz, Classical composers, Rap, Dutch DJ Martin Garrix and Twenty One Pilots) 🎶 🎸

Thanks, but no thanks!

Smokers and their whiff when passing by... yuck! 🤢

Drama llamas

The ones involved in animal cruelty (hunters, bullfighters... all those sub-humans)

NO black tea - repeating this as in two recent swaps I was sent black tea only which I cannot drink. It is too strong for me; keeps me awake at night

Religious stuff

Anything with butterfly drawings on it

Buttons, lace, sewing items

Christmassy things - I don't celebrate it

Blythe dolls and similar ones, clowns... creepy!

Friendship books, slams, decos, x-slips

Kawaii, Hello Kitty, Gorjuss etc... I am 41 years old; stopped liking all of that years ago :-) buuut two exceptions: the Moomins (Finnish characters, they are unique) and the yellow thingies (Minions) as my pupils adore them

Typed letters - Aaaargh! Massive pet peeve of mine

Washi tape & stationery (pleeenty of that at home)

Cinema tickets, used tickets of any kind, restaurant menus, tourist brochures, loose envelopes, glitter, "Post-It" type sticky paper... I have no use for any of that

ATCs (artist trading cards) - A lot of work goes into them and it would be a pity to send them to me as I only collect lighthouse postcards and zines; everything else gets either used - stationery-, eaten - soup packets, chocs etc- or donated. Better to send them to someone who can appreciate them and has space to keep them

I don't use makeup other than cherry, pink or red lip balm/ lip gloss. I am a redhead and many facial products cause me a rash if these contain artificial stuff so I only use products made with aloe vera, argan oil and Bulgarian rose, Swedish Bio-Oil and Polish brand Ziaja. I buy all of it from my local pharmacy

Up for Private Swaps!

I would send by recorded delivery for (my) peace of mind.

Interested in receiving...

Soup packets. Looove soup and finding out about the most popular ones in other countries! Nothing with meat, please

Lighthouse postcards. And those of beautiful buildings, cathedrals etc... I am passionate about architecture

Cherry colour nail polish 💅 (it is difficult to find it here; I used to buy Cherry Love colour from one of the Oriflame distributors but they stopped offering it in Bulgaria, boo!)

Reusable shopping bag - in bamboo or cotton material, no plastics/acrylic- from your local supermarket

Anything that would help me in my foreign language studies (currently focusing on both Dutch and Swedish): a magazine article written in the language, an exercise book, a crossword puzzle taken from the local newspaper, flashcards would be awesome! a children's book

I once got in a swap maple syrup in a maple leaf-shaped 🍁 little bottle. The bottle got lost during one of my moves across the EU and I would love to get another one. Once it is empty, it looks adorable in the kitchen for decorative purposes

I am crazy about the tiny house movement. An article on this issue from the magazine Dwell or any other in paper format would make my day

I can send (for private swaps)

Stickers - I have hundreds and I stopped collecting ages ago



Chocolate (Bulgarian, Ukrainian and Polish brands = the ones sold here)

Letter paper

Second-hand books in English

Bulgarian souvenirs (fridge magnets, rose or lavender soap, local snacks, Bulgarian rose essential oil)

And I welcome any suggestions as long as it fits in a padded envelope.

📌 What happened in 2009 📌

In 2009 I had a very unpleasant experience in Swap-bot. I have decided to leave on my profile the text I wrote at the time in case it helps other members going through the same situation.

The text was as follows "I have done my best to sort out the problem with the handful of parcels that got lost in the mail and it seems I am not getting those 1s removed anytime soon. Tired of being held hostage by some swappers who seem to expect me to send dozens of replacement packages.

On top of that very disturbing experience getting death threats and insults by email from those who think of themselves as Swap-bot police. I was shocked when a person emailed me "I hope you get a cancer and die".

Thanks to Samantha and the (very few) members who have supported me during this period of having to deal with difficult members. It has been really disappointing to say the least the behaviour of some I considered to be friends"

Look forward to catching up with those members who were lovely towards me during that period of time several years ago. Thank you.

💗 💚 Wishlist 🧡 💙

Please contact me if you would like to organize a private swap for these things I would looove to have:

Maria Gripe novels in Swedish

Idahoan brand packets of mashed potatoes - I (literally!) dream of trying all the flavours! I have read it is very good and mashed potatoes is my comfort food

Yogi Tea Lime Mint (Yogi tea is sold everywhere in Bulgaria but not this flavour)

Turkey Hill brand Maple tea (Canada)

Any tea that tastes like pear 🍐

Second-hand Agatha Raisin cozy mysteries in English

Anything from the Korean shop Postcard Office, especially those stickers depicting a postman

Anything from Namibia

A back issue of The Fiddlehead in good condition (Canada)

A few pages of a The New Pioneer magazine issue. Articles on homesteading, tree houses, woodwork, organic fruits etc (USA)

A parcel with all things Danish (fridge magnet, chocolate, snacks, postcards)

A back issue of HUMO in good condition (Belgium)

Korean teabags 🍵 - any flavour is fine :-)

Postcards of Stave churches (Norway)

Brazilian candy

Sopa de camarón y chile, en sobres de cualquier marca (Mexico)

Papel de cartas de Mafalda (Argentina)

Los sobres azules del correo argentino. Los amo (Argentina)

Las novelas de Roberto Bolaño. De segunda mano pero en buenas condiciones. De cualquier editorial. Adoro a este escritor QEPD (Chile)

Correspondencia con otras latinas como yo que tengan gustos similares para enviarnos cartitas y de vez en cuando paquetes con cositas

Biographies, magazine articles etc on mathematicians of any era (in English)

If like me you are starting out as a coder, it would be lovely to receive a letter handwritten by you telling me about your experiences, which coding language you learned first, your favourite one, what/who inspired you to learn Coding, your goals in the field for the future.


Comment: It has been over 3 months from the send date and I haven't yet received anything. I was willing to wait bit longer because the partner was active with taking contact (at late November) and asking if I have received the packet, and that it was known the post from Bulgaria can take longer time. However, it has been too long wait now and my previous message (sent January 19th) went unread so I feel it is time I give the rate. I am still willing to communicate about this and change the rating if the situation changes.
Response: As per my email message to you, Bulgarian post confirmed the package has been held in Customs since 18 December so took two months to arrive!! The lady at the counter could not tell me why it is held in Customs as it does not show -the reasons- on screen here in Bulgaria. I will resend next week. Thanks.
LinSoles rated for TLE: My Favourite Tea - January on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the tea and lovely letter and the gorgeous paper goodies.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap, Yuri! You were so generous for sending along so many goodies - I can't wait to try the chocolate and use the soap (which smells divine!). What a wonderful swap! Happy new year!
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #171 on Dec 8, 2019
Comment: I finally saw the notice on my front door! For some reason I had to sign for it, oh well, good thing the post office is open for extended hours during the holidays. Thank you so much for the tea, I've been running low!
Response: My fault; I sent it with tracking number because most mail going to the USA, Canada and those considered "wealthy" countries - in Scandinavia, Germany etc- is stolen by post office staff in many offices in Bulgaria so otherwise it would have probably not reached you :-( Hope you enjoy the tea, Candace and have a lovely Christmas :-)
efjellro rated for My favourite tea - November on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much. The Ginger Lemon from Yogi Tea is also one of my favourites ;)
Response: I am glad to read it finally reached you, yay! sorry for the suuuper slow Bulgarian post.
NaomiRisa rated for NaomiRisa & canariangal78's swap on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Yay! The package arrived today :) I am so happy! I love everything you picked for me especially the chocolate and soap :) I will enjoy them a lot. Thanks for the hand cream and writing papers too. Oh, I enjoy reading your letter too. Look forward to swap with you again next year. Cheers~
Response: Yay! it took a while but finally everything reached Malaysia :-) I am glad to read you lked the little things I selected for you and yep, we will swap again in 2020. No doubt about it :-)
Froggy2974 rated for Tea for Thee # 17 on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: The mate and apple raisin teas are wonderful, I can't wait to try the rest. I love the postcard and labels too, thank you for a great swap.
Response: So happy to read you liked it Mindy!! :-) you're very welcome.
Johanna51 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #169 on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your letter. Nice te learn what you do in a weekend. And thank you for the beautiful stamps you added.
Response: You are most welcome Nolleke! :-) Have a lovely weekend and hope to see you in another swap in the near future.
Catt007 rated for Surprise envelope n°2 on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the envelope, love the chocolates :) :)
Response: You are most welcome Cathy! Just read your pm, glad that the second envelope finally reached you too.
Littleroo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #167 on Nov 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I enjoyed your letter and I love the post cards. A beautiful special swap for sure.
Response: I am so glad to read you liked it :-) Have a lovely Fall!
young46356 rated for Private swap with canariangal78 on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: Thanks, finally got the package today. Best wishes, Rich
Response: I was about to give up hope, glad to read it finally reached you Rich. Many thanks for your rating.
Juniebird rated for Tea for Thee # 17 on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful package - the teas, your super nice letter, and the postcard of your city are very much appreciated and they really brightened my day!
Response: I am really glad you liked it Lisa :-)
RiverTopanga rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #165 on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Hi Yuri! I was so happy to receive your weekend note. Except for the cold, Sofia sounds like a nice place to live. Florida is rainy today. The nights are a bit cooler, but days are still mostly high 80's. I adore the notepaper you wrote on. Thank you so much for including a few extra sheets for me! It is so hard to find notepaper sets here. In fact, you mentioned food swaps. I adore Japanese food and cooking Japanese food. I am having such a hard time finding ingredients here! Is sending food difficult? It sounds like fun. You have wonderful interests! Thank you so much again for the lovely note and the teas! Can't wait to try them. The Apple, Cinnamon & Raisin one sounds so intriguing! Such a lovely assortment! The cathedrals on the PC you wrote a note on are beautiful. What a lovely city and architecture! THANK YOU AGAIN! Extra hearts <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Response: You are so sweet Leslie! thank you so much for such a lovely comment with your rating. Look forward to swapping with you in the near future if you fancy!
noeldtroll rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #164 on Oct 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your nice note and the extra art. I hope that teaching position works out for you.
Response: Thank you so much Noel :-) Glad you received the swap.
AbeRex rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #163 on Sep 24, 2019
Comment: OMG! This swap was amazing! Thanks you so much for the zines and everything! My partner about died at the “Got Zines?” sticker on the envelope and immediately stole it. Ha! Also your handwriting is amazing! Hope you’re settling into you new place and I would love to receive a copy of your zine when you finish it!
Response: OMG! I can't believe Bulgarian post already delivered this... to be honest I was not even sure if you would get it, that's why I sent by recorded delivery. I am so glad to read your partner liked the sticker. It was my pleasure to write to you. Hope we will meet again in another swap, Abraham!
Comment: My son found it in my lil mans room stuck on the back of another pc by the stams sorry for the misunderstanding...
Response: No problem :) Glad you found it. Happy new year 2010.
Comment: I have had messages back and forth since May 25, the deadline to send was April 20, today is June 12th! I got a great package today Sept. 17, 2009.
Response: Thanks for re-rating!!
Comment: i'll be happy to rerate if you send a cd. :)
Response: I sent the CD from Madrid, afterwards a resend from León - another city in Mainland Spain. Two attempts in a swap I actually coordinated myself. I feel I have done more than enough to resolve this issue. Member inactive since 2012.
A127 rated for *SOUP SWAP! * on Aug 20, 2009
Comment: I recieved the sup and Thanks, can't wait to try it! Thanks!
Response: I am happy to read the resend finally reached you. Thanks very much for re-rating, enjoy the soups! :)
brittany1989 rated for A Week Of Surprises Swap on Aug 11, 2009
Response: Member inactive since 12 August 2009 (ten years ago!). It seems I will never get this 1 deleted. Wish she would come back and state that I actually sent her the swap twice. Frustrating to say the least.

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NaomiRisa on Oct 21, 2020:

Hi Yurena, hope you are doing well :)

efjellro on Feb 24, 2020:

Hi, I hope you're ok ❤️ I enjoy having you in my swaps. -Elisabeth

rianheimgartner on Oct 29, 2019:

Hi! Thank you for your comment on my profile. I'm happy to read that you discovered Carla Sonheim!! She is so amazing! You will love it :) And Oscar and the Wolf is <3. Hope you will like it. Greetings from the Netherlands!

lorencz on Oct 18, 2019:

Yes, I love living here in South Korea. It's been over ten years now since I moved here. Time flies! 34 countries is quite a lot, though. It sounds like you were also bitten by the travel bug, haha. Thanks for the comment and I hope to swap with you soon. Best wishes from Korea. :)

mariewilliams810 on Oct 3, 2019:

Thanks so much for subscribing to my YouTube channel and the very nice comment. I am glad I am not too Minnesotan to understand. :)

NaomiRisa on Sep 28, 2018:

Hi Yurena, if you decided to come back to swap-bot again, let’s swap! I am looking through my piles of letters from swap-bot and found yours dated 3-11-2008. It’s almost a decade! Take care! Cheers! Naomi

Invisible on Jan 29, 2009:

Thank you so much for granting my wish! I can't wait to try the tea and the ColaCao! I've already opened the candy and I'm trying really hard to save some for my kids to try. :o) It was very sweet of you to grant my wish! Thanks again, Carrie

Muriel on Jan 26, 2009:

Thank you so much for granting me some Jan wishes. I love your handwriting and can't wait to read the books on the list. The cat on the notecard is adorable! You really made my day


Pooky on Dec 23, 2008:

Thank you so much for the tea and wonderful stickers! The ladybeetle ones are my favorite! (: And the card you sent is lovely. I've only been able to see three Dali paintings in real life so far, but I hope to see more soon. The ones I saw were in Canada. Thanks again!

BeckyDJD on Dec 4, 2008:

Wow!!! Thank you SO very much, you are so sweet!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for granting my wish!

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