Girl Meets Bulgaria

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

2011: Highs and Lows


New Years Eve=lots of snow in Smolyan


It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. 2011 was definitely a jam-packed year for me.

In just a few short hours, I will be celebrating the coming of a new year with my new family in my new home.

Doesn’t get more exciting than that, does it?!

Here are a few of the things that made this year my most memorable yet:

  • In January I was viciously attacked by my friend’s cat (jk Ames, I still love kitty) and ended up with an IV sticking out of my arm for a few days and some scars that prove cats may be cute but can turn deadly with the drop of a hat! 😉
  • Just a couple days after my harrowing animal attack experience, I suddenly found myself in the most pain I have ever experienced. I thought the two may have been related, but a visit to the ER and a CT scan revealed that I had kidney stones (err… well stone, hopefully there are no more in there!). January was not my month. I am so thankful I had amazing health insurance at the time, saved me thousands of dollars.
  • At the end of April I quit my job at the University of Utah Commuter Services. I worked there for over 6 years and I was definitely sad to leave. I still miss the place sometimes!
  • At the beginning of May I headed back to Denali, Alaska for another summer working for Princess Cruises/Tours at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Highlights of the summer (apart from being in one of the most gorgeous places on earth) include: being back with Vince after nearly 8 months apart, salmon fishing, a glacier landing flight on Mt. McKinley, mini-vacation at the Copper River Princess Lodge, visiting Valdez, taking a glacier cruise of Prince William Sound, eating some amazing food, and meeting some great people.
  • At the end September, Vince and I flew from Anchorage to Las Vegas, Nevada to tie the knot at the LV Hilton in front of a small group of our family and friends at the. It was the perfect day–relaxing and chill, just how I like it. We followed up the ceremony with cocktails, a dip in the pool, and a reception dinner. I was so happy to finally be marrying my sweetheart!
  • A few days after the wedding, Vince had to return to Bulgaria. It sucked. But this time I knew it was only for 3 months and that I would be joining him in BG shortly.
  • October through December were my laziest months ever. Other than an awesome trip to Chicago over my 26th birthday, I spent most of my time sleeping weird hours, surfing the web, and hanging out with friends and family. In that sense, I am grateful for so much free time, I got to spend time with those I love before my move.
  • December was an amazing month for this little blog o’ mine. Being Freshly Pressed on WordPress was an awesome experience. 2,500 hits in one day is something I could definitely get used to! I have lots of new subscribers, but most of all, I am so thankful for all the feedback and comments. It’s truly a heartwarming feeling to know so many people out there are rooting for me. THANK YOU!
  • And that brings me to today. After 3 long years of planning and waiting, I am now living in Bulgaria! It’s only day two but so far I am loving every minute of it. I am ecstatic to finally be living with my husband like any other married couple. It’s truly an amazing opportunity that I have been given.

So there you have it, a brief recap of some memorable moments in 2011. I am eagerly looking forward to all that 2012 has to offer. I hope to go on lots of adventures, learn some Bulgarian, and meet many new people along the way (all with my sweet husband by my side).

We may not know what the future holds, but I am sure this time next year, Vince and I will be looking back with thanks and looking forward with hope.

Happy New Year!


9 thoughts on “2011: Highs and Lows

  1. Love your hat and scarf. You guys look so cute and all newlyweddy (yep, just made that word up).

  2. Oh my gosh so exciting you had a very busy year! I got pregnant with our first child and had our son almost three months ago.

    I hope Bulgaria is fun and I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for you!

  3. Hi! I came across your blog today and have enjoyed reading about your new travels. I’m more than a little jealous, haha! I think I secretly keep hoping that my husband will get a long-term contract on one of the international projects that his company has coming up, bc living overseas for awhile seems sooo inviting. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m enjoying reading about your adventures and wish you luck in your new home!

  4. What a wonderful recap! Any advice about cruises? My boyfriend and I are considering a cruise in the near future, but we’re both newbies. Happy New Year!

    • The cheapest cruise is Carnival, but I have heard that Holland America and Norwegian are both nice cruise lines. More expensive but nicer. We are actually going on a Norwegian cruise this Jul to Alaska. I can’t wait taking our little guy with us!

      • Carnival’s ships are known as “party ships.” I, for one, am not into that! Holland America and Princess are one company (same with Carnival), but each brand has its own style and level of offerings. Princess is pretty spendy, but well worth it!

    • Well, I would definitely say take a Princess cruise, but obviously I am a little biased! Truthfully, though, they have some amazing itiniraries. My husband and I took a 2 week Mediterranean cruise through them and it was fantastic. I’ve heard their Alaska cruises can’t be beat, but again, I am biased when it comes to Alaska too! If you have any specific cruise questions, shoot them my way! Happy New Years!

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