Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


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Random 5 Friday

Yes. I am still alive.

Yes. I am LOVING being back in Alaska, my job, and all the adventures that both provide.

Yes. I still blog (albeit very infrequently these day).

Hoping to change that soon.

(don’t know why I am answering questions that no one is asking…)

I figured I’d jump back in to the blogging world with a short, fun post. Just my style!

I almost forgot I had a husband. That's how busy I've been! ;)
Welcome to my first Random 5 Friday.

1. I haven’t picked up my “Big Girl” camera (Nikon D90) in weeks. My iPhone 5 is now my go-to camera of choice; mostly because of its convenience (read: SO much easier to carry around than my huge DSLR!).

2. The lodge opened a little over two weeks ago to snow and freezing temps. Flash forward to today and we are in the low 80’s. Overnight the trees started to sprout leaves and there are even hints of the famous Alaska wildflowers showing here and there.

Holy moly... It's hot outside! And to think, it was snowing just a few weeks ago!

3. We are beyond excited to be getting a new car. We won’t be buying anything until July, but I can already feel the wind in my hair; hear the blasting radio (well…not too loud. I hate loud music), and see the stunning scenery along Alaska’s Parks Highway. I won’t like having a car payment again, but living in the sticks demands transportation in order to maintain some semblance of sanity!

4. So far this season I have met a Snowy Own, Great Gray Owl, and a Bald Eagle. The bird program at the lodge is awesome!

Petra the Bald Eagle joined us today. She is beautiful!My co-workers are pretty cool!This is my kind of display table... Frozen rats and all!

5. I’ve never been a big coffee drinker, but living in Bulgaria and now having access to barista-made coffee drinks daily (at our espresso bar) have made me a convert.

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Exploring The Commons: People and their Pets

I often find myself searching through The Commons on Flickr for hours at a time. I love historical/black and white photography and this place is the absolute mother lode.

The Commons is an archive of public photography from around the world. Most of the photos are out of copyright/in the public domain and can be used in a variety of ways; usually without any attribution (great for us bloggers). The photos range from quirky and fun to touching and heartbreaking. Some date back to the beginnings of photography while others are much more recent.

Because I spend so much time on the site and find so many great photos, I thought I would start a regular series here on the blog where I share my favorites with you. Some posts, like today’s, will have some sort of theme; other days they will just be random.

Please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts on the pictures or provide links to your favorite photos in The Commons.

*You can hover over each photo for the title or click through to link the the original on Flickr*
Dog with backpack, 1939 / by Sam HoodZookeeper and bearsStudy of a girl with ringlets teaching her dog to sit up, 1930s / by Sam HoodRoyal Easter Show, 1935 / by Sam HoodStudy of a small girl with a prize Scottish terrier dog, c. 1935 / by Sam HoodEvacuation from Tobruk, 1941Llangefni children enjoying the sun with their pet rabbit

I think I’ve been drawn to these photographs this week because I am missing my pups back at home in Utah. I’ve had pets from the day I was born, so being here in Bulgaria with no kitty or pup to love on is tough. The fact that there are so many strays in Sofia makes it even worse. I want to brings each and every one of them home. Unfortunately, that isn’t possible (obviously), so I have to make due by feeding them whenever I can. Perhaps this makes the problem worse, but I can’t help it.

These photos of children, soldiers, and others enjoying their pets and showing them love helps to mend my aching heart.

And that little girl in the white dress with her puppy? Too cute for words.

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Wordless{ish} Wednesday: The Sleepy Residents of Ephesus

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Recently my husband and I visited the amazing ruins of Ephesus, Turkey.

The site itself was enough to keep my interested for the better part of a day; however, it was the current inhabitants that I truly got a kick out of.

Everywhere you looked there was a cat sleeping on a column or sunning itself on an ancient mosaic floor.

They are clearly strays but they don’t seem to mind; they call ancient ruins their home and sleep all day…what a life!

Catching some zzzz'sFinding some shadeUtterly relaxedDon't mind meEnjoying the sunKing of the column

The throngs of tourists didn’t phase them one bit.

They were clearly too relaxed to be bothered!

W.

*For more kitty goodness, check out my recent post on the cat’s taking over Rome!

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A Roman Cat Fight

Hello, all!

I am slowly but surely going through all my photos from our vacation, so expect lots of posts soon.

Tonight, however, I had to put up a quick post about the infamous feline residents of Sacra di Largo Argentina or Torre Argentina, an area of important ruins in central Rome.

Wide shot of  Sacra di Largo Argentina, Rome

Why did I have to? Well, today as I was working I was listening to NPR on my computer (fairly typical daily activity). I saw the headline for a recent story they did on Morning Edition called Cat Fight In Rome: Beloved Shelter Faces Closure. (Give it a listen!)

The second the audio started I knew they were talking about an area Vince and I happened upon during our walk about the city a few weeks ago. At first glance the spot is typically Roman: ruined temples, crumbling walls, column remnants, etc. But then…BAM! You suddenly begin to notice one cat after another. I’m talking about dozens upon dozens of cats in a one block area. Spotting them was almost like playing an odd version of Where’s Waldo. They were mostly napping (some in a clump under a tree) on this particular day, but a few were stalking the darker recesses of the ruins, no doubt on the hunt for some rodent snacks.

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Field Trip to Tracy Aviary

I’ve been back in Utah for just over 2 weeks now and so far it’s been a fairly productive visit. First the zoo and now the aviary; I’m on an animal kick, apparently! Now I just have to hit up the aquarium to round the visit out!

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Tracy Aviary

Earlier this week I helped chaperone a field trip to Tracy Aviary for my cousin, A., who is in the 1st grade. Luckily, I only had 3 kids with me and there was another parent in our group, so definitely manageable!

Riding on the school bus with all the excited kiddies sure took me back to my elementary field trip days.

I haven’t been to the aviary in years (I was probably a 1st grader myself), so it was pretty much an all new experience for me!

Swan? Duck? I don't remember!

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An Afternoon at the Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo

On Sunday, my 6-year-old cousin, A,, and I headed to Hogle Zoo, located in Salt Lake City.

I haven’t been to the zoo since last year, so the changes were a bit of a shock.

The iconic mini-train ride of my childhood is no more. In its place is a mass of fencing, mounds of dirt, and signs for the upcoming ‘African Savanna’ opening in 2014. I’m glad we’re getting the African cats back (they’ve been gone for a few years now as the zoo is doing its exhibits by geographic region rather than just a mix of everything), but I’m going to miss the random assortment of animals visible from the train ride: buffalo, sheep, etc.

**Update! After scoping out the zoo’s website, I am happy to report that the train will reopen in 2014 and feature a longer ride around the new African Savanna exhibit! We’re talkin’ free-roamin’ giraffes, zebras, and ostriches. Nice!**

Baby Zuri
Baby Zuri

Elephants

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