Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Wrapping Things Up


The 2011 summer in Denali is quickly coming to an end. The lodge bids farewell to its last guests around noon on Wednesday. Myself and my staff will then head back to our housing (where our already-packed bags await us) to hop on one of the many waiting coaches bound for Anchorage – a five-hour drive.

It’s quite an amazing sight to go from over a thousand guests to zero-all in a matter of hours. The many tour vendors and gift shops in the canyon are winding things down and some have already been closed and shuttered up tight. Glitter Gulch (the canyon) is a ghost town after the hotels close. There are only a handful of maintenance people who stick around.

 Most people are catching flights out of Alaska the very same night. Vince and I, however, are spending a night in Anchorage, which, as it turns out, is a great thing. Vince still needs a suit for the wedding and I still need a dress (even after having had two sent up to me in AK… Curse this Alaskan weight gain!).

I am living in a semi-surreal state these days. Not only has the summer flashed by – seems like just yesterday I was stepping off the bus into snowy Healy- but I am also GETTING MARRIED in less than a week! What?!

Even more surreal is the fact that Vince will be on a plane back to Bulgaria 72-hours after we are married. Definitely not the honeymoon I had imagined. Hopefully I won’t have too much time to miss him as I will be wading my way through the Bulgarian visa process, looking for a short-term job, selling off things I won’t need (or can’t pack) and soaking up as much Utah/family/friend time as I can.

I did most of the things I wanted to do this summer (see my Alaska Bucket List), had some amazing experiences, met some great people, really enjoyed my job and got spend another 4.5 months in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Not a horrible way to spend my last summer in the U.S. for some years to come.

But now it’s on to bigger (and hopefully better) things: marriage, overseas move, BG job hunt, expat life, starting a family (thought I’d throw that one on at the end… I have babies on the brain!), etc.

Can’t wait!



12 thoughts on “Wrapping Things Up

  1. So sad I won’t be able to make it to your wedding 😦 Just know I will be thinking of you on your big day! Hugs & Kisses!


  2. Ha do you remember how fun the ride to Anchorage was when I drove the bus?! I wouldn’t stop for people to smoke and we had that horrible humming noise the entire time, until we reached Anchorage and I finally found the switch.

    I am beyond excited for you and Vince to get married on Saturday! I can’t wait!!

    • I was telling people about that the other day! It was one of those “you had to be there moments” to fully understand how funny it was!

      Can’t wait to be home, wish Ventsi were staying with me!

  3. congrats and good luck with the wedding, When Ivan and I got married, I had to fly back to Costa Rica within 1 week after getting married. we lived a part for many month after that……

  4. Dear Whitney, I came across your blog some time ago and have subscribed to your posts! I must admit I’ve really enjoyed them, especially the beautiful photos you take.
    On another note, I’ve wondered about your “Bulgarian Visa Process” and I think I may have some helpful info for you- shoot me an email:
    My step dad is an American living in Bulgaria, so I might be able to shed some insight 🙂

    • Thanks so much for subscribing! I am working on my photography skills so it feels great to get positive feedback. I will most definitely email you for advice on the BG visa process, I am always interested in other people’s experiences.

  5. I’m so excited for your wedding! It’ll be so great. It’ll be sad that Vince has to go back so soon but we’ll have fun with you around for a bit longer. And if you have babies on the brain, your stay in Bulgaria better not be TOO long because heaven only knows we need a baby fix around here now that Annie’s almost six.

    • Hey, Linds! Vince and I are excited to see everyone. Too bad he is only in town for a few days! Boo! And as far as the babies go, it’ll be a long while before they make an appearance! I just get baby-hungry now and then!

  6. Congrats on your upcoming wedding. I hope the visa process is easy for you.

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