Girl Meets Bulgaria

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

Crunch Time


With Christmas just a week away and my flight across the Atlantic a few days later, I am beginning my pre-trip freak out… as usual.

I guess this one would qualify as a pre-move freak out. A whole new ball game.

I haven’t even done laundry or dug out my suitcases, let alone started packing.

And I hate leaving home without cleaning my room. So add that to the list.

Even more pressing? I haven’t Christmas shopped much at all. Vince insists that he doesn’t want anything now; that I can just buy him something when I get to Bulgaria. My mom and I, however, really wanted to get some gifts for his parents. Too bad he is useless and can’t give us any ideas on what to get them!

So, if you are reading this and familiar with 60-something Bulgarians, what are some gift ideas that we could get here in the states?

All I can think of are slippers and booze. Definitely two things not hard to find in BG.

I also want to pick up some New Years paraphernalia. When else it is appropriate to make a fool of oneself with party hats, weird glasses, and noise makers?!

My goal, albeit lofty, is the be completely packed and ready to go by Christmas Eve. I want to be able to spend my last few days with my family and friends as stress free as possible. Additionally, I know a certain little 6-year-old who will likely want me to play Wii with her 24-hours per day.

(Mario Kart here we come!)

We’ll see how that goes!

I hope to get a few more posts in before the move, but as you can probably tell, I have a lot on my plate!

On that note, I just want to thank everyone who has commented, subscribed, and stopped by this lil’ ole blog of mine this month.

I am having my best numbers yet and can’t wait to FINALLY be blogging from Bulgaria!







5 thoughts on “Crunch Time

  1. Nothing like the last-minute crunch to get your blood boiling, is there?

  2. Anything from your home state is a good idea. Things like a photography book with pictures of your home state, local food or candy (example: maple syrup from Vermont), sweatshirts of your local university, etc.

  3. W.

    My in-laws are in their 60’s and here are some ideas for Christmas.

    My mother-in-law, some warm PJ (long shelve), fuzzy and warm socks, fleece jacket

    My father-in-law spends time outside in the winter taking care of the farm so, shirts with fleece lining, pants with fleece lining. Tools are always good.

    Have a good flight, we are off on Wed and looks like snow in Sofia. I hope no delay for our flights.


  4. You might think about a calendar from home. I’ve brought lots of pacific northwest things that people love (young and old alike). I brought my Bulgarian tutor and her boyfriend a handmade pie plate for their wedding this summer and they loved it. It’s a little bit of America in a country that doesn’t really have pie (or pie plates). At then end of my first year in BG my 70-ish landlord asked me in Bulgarian for a cowboy hat. I found him one and he seems to wear it all of the time. Also as cheesy as it sounds anything native american is a huge hit (and as embarrassing as it is to give these gifts, they are always a huge hit). Oh I’ve also bought homemade soap once that was a popular gift as well. Okay that’s enough to get you started thinking about things.

    Good luck!!

  5. Slippers and booze. You are SO RIGHT ON. Hahaha. Please let me know what you decide on! I’d love an idea for the babas, too. (ZOMG, I can’t wait ’til you’re blogging from BG!)

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