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My name is Petia Whitmore. I was born and raised in Bulgaria. For the last 17 years, I've been living just outside of Boston, MA. Until recently, I was the Dean of Graduate Admissions at Babson College. You can see the meanderings of my idiosyncratic career on my LinkedIn profile.

As a child, I had two professional dreams - to be a writer and/or a private investigator. I somehow ended up acquiring a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Babson instead. 

My number one vice - liberally cultivated and indulged - is wanderlust. Even in my early years, when being on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain made travel virtually impossible, I incessantly read about foreign lands and the people who wandered and conquered them. 

I am and will always be a person of two worlds. I grew up during communism, spent years as a young professional in a fledgling democracy and have now been making my personal and professional mark in the US for almost two decades. The result is a combination of American pragmatism and a firm belief that an entrepreneurial spirit can lead to success, mixed with a pinch of Eastern European tendency towards nostalgia and mysticism. 

My hope with Destination Bulgaria is to help travelers have a rich and memorable travel experience in Bulgaria. 

Feel free to drop me a line at petia@flyingraconteur.com