Girl Meets Bulgaria

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

Super Duper HUGE Announcement Time!

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Hmm. Where do I even start?! (and NO…I am NOT pregnant!)

First off, I want to thank all of you, both regular and new readers alike, for supporting this blog endeavor of mine. Girl Meets Bulgaria has been  a way to keep family and friends updated with my life; my inspiration in down times; a place to share my adventures, dreams, and struggles; and a creative avenue where I can explore my passion for photography and writing.

When I started GMB over two years ago, I never could have imagined that it would have grown to where it is today. I have readers in over 100 countries, a growing Facebook page, and connections with some of the kindest people I’ve ever met.

Even though the next few months hold a lot of changes for this blog, I sincerely hope you stick around with me through the journeys that lie ahead.

With that, I’d like to let everyone know that Vince and I are moving back to the the U.S.!

His immigration has been in the works for awhile now and barring any hiccups, should be finalized by the end of the month. Returning to the states was a hard decision for us to make. We’ve been together nearly 5 years now (holy cow! where does the time go?!) and throughout much of our relationship we’ve talked about settling in Bulgaria and making it our home. I knew it would be hard once we had kids to be away from my family and friends in the states, but I thought we would cross that bridge when we came to it.

After my stay here last winter and another summer in Alaska, we began to see that living in Bulgaria posed a lot of challenges to building our life together and starting meaningful careers. Sure, there are TONS of perks and advantages to living in Bulgaria (ahem, can you say TRAVEL!)  and many people are very successful here; however, it just didn’t feel as “right” for us as it once did. Vince is, of course, very sad to leave his parents and friends, but he is excited for the opportunities available to us in the U.S. and we hope to visit Bulgaria often. This country will always hold a very big part of our hearts and be a significant part of our life together.

OK. So are you ready for ANOTHER big announcement?

We’re moving to Alaska permanently! 

I was recently hired in a year round management position with Princess Cruises in Alaska and could not be more excited! Vince and I had already planned on returning to Denali this summer for what was likely to be our last time, when a full time, year round position opened up I knew I had to apply. Princess is an incredible company to work for and after 3 summer seasons, I am thrilled to be starting a career with them (looks like I’ll be using my tourism degree after all!).

Alaska has become a second home to us during our many summers spent working in Denali. Moving there permanently is a bit of a daunting prospect, but with so much to do and see, we are very excited to be making such a big change. Frigid (and dark) winters at-40 below should be interesting!

We will be living and working outside the tiny town of Trapper Creek (pop. 423) at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (about 2 hours north of Anchorage). The lodge is very remote (i.e. completely by itself with nothing around for miles) and sits a mere 40 miles from the base of majestic Mt. McKinley. All 20,320 snow-covered feet are visible from the lodge on clear days; it’s a breathtaking sight!

I’m about to become a mountain woman, ya’ll! 😉

Things are happening very quickly and I will be leaving Bulgaria next week with Vince to follow early next month. My first stop is Utah for a visit with family and friends as well as life maintenance things (moving to another state requires some logistical shuffling) and major shopping trips–no more company-provided uniforms for me! I have to buy a completely new professional wardrobe. After that I am Alaska bound!

I don’t know exactly where I am going to take this blog. I am thinking a new name is inevitable–I figure it’s about time for some major changes anyway. I do know that I will keep it up and post as often as I can! Going from unemployed with endless amounts of free time to working full time will obviously affect my blogging habits, but I fully plan on blogging well into the future.

Whew! What a post, right?

Here’s to moving forward and new adventures!

W.

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32 thoughts on “Super Duper HUGE Announcement Time!

  1. Congrats and Good Luck!! I am a little sad since I hoped to eventually meet up with you after our transfer to Sofia waaaaaaaayyyy back in August (your sense of humor always made me smile, and reminded me to laugh and APPRECIATE the differences!!), but also very excited for your new adventures with your hubs. =) Thank you so much for posting so many great things about Bulgaria – it has helped me to love living here even more.

    • Thanks, Megan! I appreciate your kind words. I regret not being able to meet up with more people while we were living in Sofia. I had grand plans but not many worked out, unfortunately. We will miss Bulgaria so much (I do already), but we are excited for our new adventures. It helps that we will be able to visit BG at least once per year! Best of luck with your time in BG and please keep in touch! W.

  2. I’m just catching up on all my blog reading, but wow! What a big change, and how exciting. Good luck on the next stage of your adventures!

      • Hi I was wondering my son is coming from Michigan for summer employment,he is staying at Healy and working at the same place you are. Does he need a car?and could you please share with me some of the things he should bring for the summer months…thanks so much.Carleigh

      • Carleigh, the vast majority of employees do not drive cars up to AK. Unless he wants to travel a lot, there really isn’t a need. Princess provides transportation to and from the lodge as well as into the park visitor center and a few trail heads. There are frequent employee shuttles to Fairbanks for those who need to stock up on things or just see a movie. As for what to pack, he should have gotten that info emailed to him. It can also be accessed as a .PDF document on the Denali Princess Lodge Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/DenaliPrincessLodge/?fref=ts. There is a lot of good information there!

  3. Wowza! That is huge. I will definitely miss hearing about Bulgaria and regret the chance to visit you there, but that does sound incredible! I’m so happy for you!

    • Thanks, Mo! My husband and I are really excited for our move to Alaska. While my blog will be taking a different path, it’s still going to be a big part of my life!

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  5. Awesome! I have family in Alaska but have never been there. It’s on my list of places to visit for sure. 😉 So glad things are working out for you. Congrats and looking forward to hearing about your new adventures ahead!! xx

    • Thank you, Diane! Alaska really is like home to us, so we are thrilled to be moving there on a more permanent basis. I hope you are able to make it there yourself sometime!

  6. Congrats on the new job! Lots of exciting changes ahead for you guys. I’m looking forward to keeping up with your journey, wherever it may take you!

    • Thank you, Lauren! We are happy to be moving forward and tackling new challenges! If you ever make it back to Alaska and find yourselves in Anchorage, let me know and maybe we can get together. Best of luck with your new adventures in the U.S. as well!

  7. Oooo, truth to be told, I am disappointed, because I thought that sooner or later , we will meet one day. And here is the Alaska thing :). But as all readers above wish you and Vince all the best, then who am I to s say no :). I truly want all the best for you guys.And of course I will keep being a loyal reader of yours 🙂

    • I am sure we still will, Elena! It’s very important to us to visit Bulgaria as often as we can. I get a good amount of vacation time, so we will be here at least once a year, if not more.

      Thanks for being such a a great bloggy friend!

  8. Congratulations and the very best to you and Vince as you move to Alaska. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog ever since I ran across it in Freshly Pressed, I believe. May I invite you to follow mine to allow me to share my writings with you? http://freedanichols.wordpress.com I want to continue reading yours as often as you have time to post.

  9. Wow congratulations, so exciting! Have a wonderful adventure up North! Our winters here in Saskatchewan are in the -30 C mark and there is something really beautiful about it. I got to be very good at making hot toddies!

  10. Wow! Talk about BIG changes! Congrats to you. Alaska… you had gorgeous photos over the summer… I can’t wait to see what you have to share with us living at the foot of McKinley! Bon voyage and safe travels to you both!

    • Thanks, Helen! I am so excited to share this new journey in my life with all of my GMB readers. I have such a great group of people who have stuck with me over the past few years and I can’t wait to share everything ahead!

  11. Congrats!!!! That is super exciting and what a fun adventure for you and your husband :-).

  12. Very very best of luck and I hope everything goes smoothly for you 🙂 Keep us informed!

  13. Congratulations on your new adventure. I only signed up to follow you blog about life in Bulgaria yesterday…but look forward to learning about Alaska instead 🙂

    • Thank you! Please do stick around. Bulgaria will always play a big role in my life and we will visit often, so there will still be posts on BG. Alaska is going to be the new focus and I promise it won’t disappoint!

  14. Whitney, wishing you and your husband lots of luck in your future endeavors and your life in Alaska. 🙂

  15. we have never met but all the best to you, i will miss reading about your travels in bg, the posts always gave me great travel ideas and the pictures were amazing 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I will miss Bulgaria with all my heart. We will be visiting at least once a year, so posts on the country and its travel opportunities will continue!

  16. Congrats!!! It’s so exciting and new adventures.

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