I created this blog months ago, but being the semi-perfectionist that I am, have put off writing the first post. I had so many ideas and expectations. Clearly they haven’t panned out. So, I’m just diving right in. I feel like my “journey to Bulgaria” is starting to pick up some speed. Guess my blog should too.
I suppose I should talk a little bit about myself, but before I do I would like to give a shout out (are the kids still saying that these days?) to probably my favorite blog on the entire interweb, Karolinka In and Around Bulgaria. Karolinka’a blog is the shiz, truly. As an American quasi-engaged to a Bulgarian, her blog is like my Bible, and I mean that in a completely non-sacrilegious way. Two years ago when my boyfriend and I first decided that we would likely end up getting married and living in BG for a couple of years, I went on an epic search of the web for any and all information relating to BG and the experiences of American expats living there. Even more specifically, I wanted info on American women married to Bulgarian men living in BG-that’s not asking for much, right? Well folks, it was slim pickens. Thankfully, I found K’s Blog. While she’s not married to a Bulgarian, she has lived there for a couple of years now and has a knack for observing and explaining the sometimes great/sometimes frustrating quirks of BG and it’s people. I am still about a year away from getting married and my own move to Bulgaria, but reading K’s blog is a huge comfort somehow. I could gush for ages, but won’t. Just take a look at her blog and see what I mean. Karolinka, if you happen to read this, many thanks!
On to me (my favorite subject)!
Grrr. Must admit that a huge reason why I haven’t written a word on this blog until now is how uncomfortable writing an “About me” seemed. I suppose I’ll just give you the Reader’s Digest version of how I got here…
I spent the summer of 2008 working at a lodge in Denali, Alaska. I was in the process of getting my BS in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and thought that a summer tourism position in AK sounded right up my alley. What many people may not know is that Alaska depends quite a bit on recruiting college students from overseas (Eastern Europe especially) to work in the travel and tourism industry. This is how I came to meet Ventsislav (also known as Ventsi or Vince). It was his second summer in Denali- he is actually there again this summer, sadly without me this time around. Long story short, we began hanging out after work and eventually he asked me on a date, we’ve been together ever since!
I spent the month of January 2009 in Smolyan (V’s hometown) and daytripping around southern BG. Although I’ve traveled quite a bit to some pretty exotic locales, Bulgaria was a bit of a culture shock. Thankfully I had V. by my side navigating, translating and, most importantly, ensuring servers in restaurants understood I would completely lose it if any cheese happened to make it onto my plate! A month in BG was definitely not enough time to get to know the country or V’s family-and it made me realize even more how important it is for me to move there (and learn the language).
And so… That brings me to today. I am still here in Utah working on paying off bills and preparing to make a huge leap forward in my life. By this time next year I hope to be settled in BG with a lot more interesting things to write about!
Oh. One more thing. Please feel free to comment. I am always on the hunt for more perspectives on Bulgaria, marriage to a foreigner, expat life, travel, just about anything really!