Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


2012 Fall Firsts

Sunday night family dinners are pretty important to my family. It’s especially nice for me when we get together because I am so rarely in Utah these days. My grandmother passed away at the end of July , so our dinners are definitely not the same anymore, but I enjoy them nonetheless.

Tonight we had a casual dinner out to celebrate my uncle’s birthday. After dinner we headed back to my grandpa’s house to have some pie and just spend some time together.

We (well, my cousin, M. to be specific) took this opportunity to carve our first pumpkin of the season. The second the top was removed and the seeds and ‘guts’ we pulled out, I knew it was officially fall. That smell is irresistible!

For my cousin’s birthday party next weekend we are carving pumpkins as well. I bought a knife kit from Target a few shopping trips ago (ah, there have been so many since being home), so I’m all set to get my carvin’ on!

I’m not generally a pie person, but I did have a bite of pumpkin pie tonight and it was delicious.

All in all it was a fun night with the fam. I only have a few more weeks left to spend time with everyone and top enjoy autumn in Salt Lake City.

Autumn in Sofia awaits my arrival!


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Wordless Wednesday: Winter Comes to Denali National Park

*WW Linky below*

On Monday I took what was probably my last trip into Denali National Park for this season.

Snow has been falling in the park and on the mountain peaks for the past few days now.

And while the stunning fall colors are starting to fade, the bright white snow contrasts against them beautifully.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see any wildlife, but I was treated to Mt. McKinley in all its glory (the mountain is only visible about 30% of the year).


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10 Things I Love About Fall

Tonight, as a cool rain fell, It suddenly felt like fall to me here in Utah. I was lucky enough to experience fall in all its glory in Denali, Alaska and left just before the snow started. Now I get to experience it all over again. Autumn is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but here are 10 of them!

  1. The sound of leaves crunching underfoot
  2. Beautiful, rich fall colors
  3. The smells: spices, fires, yummy candles
  4. The treats: apple cider, roasted pumpkin seeds, caramel apples
  5. Busting out my scarf collection
  6. Snuggling up under a blanket and reading a good book
  7. Dark, dramatic nail polish colors
  8. All things pumpkin: pie, egg nog, lattes, cookies, carving them
  9. Trick-or-Treating with my cousin, Annie
  10. My birthday (26!)

And I know I’ve said it before (and will say it again), but… I can’t wait to spend next fall in Bulgaria! It’s getting so close I can almost taste the banitsa (cheese-free, of course!).

Hope you are all enjoying this time of year as much as I am.

Much love,