Girl Meets Bulgaria

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

It’s Official!


I’m moving to Bulgaria!

Not that it wasn’t official before, but now that I have booked my airfare to Sofia, my nearly 3-year long goal of moving to Bulgaria is finally within my grasp.

I leave Salt Lake City on the morning of the 28th of December and arrive in Sofia (which I can only imagine will be foggy and frigid) the next afternoon, just in time to celebrate New Years Bulgarian style–which, from past experience, means family, food and fireworks!

I couldn’t be happier to be ringing in 2012 with my new husband in my new home!

I had a fantastic time on my previous visit to Bulgaria in 2008 (arrived end of December and stayed until the end of January) and am really looking forward to exploring more of the country and learning some Bulgarian.

Here are some pics from my visit in 2008:

Hiking the Smolyan Lakes trailhead

I ADORE the beautiful snow-covered trees


Me in downtown Smolyan

One of my favorite little towns-Shiroka Laka

Outside Devil's Throat cave

Inside Devil's Throat and Yagodina caves

Rila Monastery

In Mochura (near the Greek border)

Walkin' around Plovdiv

My {now} hubby and I at the Polkovnik Serafimovo monument

If you’d like to see more of my adventures in Bulgaria, check out my Flickr!

As always, thanks for reading!


5 thoughts on “It’s Official!

  1. Hi – my husband’s family has an apartment in Plovdiv but we will be in the country house for our vacation and that’s located in Dyulevo near Strelcha. It’s great in the country house, good food and homemade wine.

  2. So exciting, I hope the whole visa-D works out and you get that completed quickly…….

    We are off to Bulgaria for Christmas, I just hope it’s not too cold (my GA blood can’t take the cold weather). We are hoping for snow, so our daughter can experience her first snow.

    Where does V live?


    • Thanks! We are hoping the visa process goes smoothly as well. It’s such an unbelievable pain in the butt!

      When I was in Bulgaria in January of 2008 it was (obviously) winter, but it wasn’t too cold. It’s colder in Utah. It was actually beautiful weather most of the time. That’s exciting that your daughter gets to play in the snow for the first time! I take it for granted that I have gotten to experience snow pretty much from the second I was born!

      Vince lives in Smolyan, but he and his parents own houses in Rudozem and Elhovets and his mom’s childhood home (which is still in the family) is in a tiny little village called Mochura. It’s only 15km from the border with Greece. So he is a southern BG boy, that’s for sure! He is job hunting right now, so we expect to move to Sofia or Plovdiv as that’s where all the jobs are.

      Where in BG will you and your family be?

  3. You must be very happy and thrilled about all these new things which are coming up!
    I am now in Germany,but at the end of January 2012 I should be already in BG,so we should definitely meet and have some fun.Ventsi is leaving in a perfect place for skiing,or any kind of snow experience so we should check things out!

    You are very brave girl,that’s I like very much!
    There’s a huge way to go….so ….

    Congratulations again!

    • Thanks, Elena! I am very happy about the big changes headed my way. I am sure I will get a little stressed as the move gets closer (who am I kidding… I am stressed now!), but overall, I am truly looking forward to it. Let’s definitely get together when you get to BG. I’d love to make some friends! Vince only lives about 10 minutes from Pamporovo, so if you are into skiing or snowboarding, you should come visit! I am from Utah, “Greatest snow on earth,” and have only been skiing once. It’s lame, I know! So, I’d love to go again. Oh, and we’ll see how brave I am when I have to carry two huge suitcases, a laptop backpack and a carry-on through 3 airports by myself! NOT looking forward to the 18-hour flight, that is for sure!

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