Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


Честита Баба Марта! (Happy Grandma March!) | 2013

Честита Баба Марта!

(Happy Grandma March)


March 1st is one of my favorite Bulgarian holidays.

Why you ask?



These red and white bits of awesomeness make for one great month!

Read about martenitsi and the holiday here and here.

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The big move back to Smolyan is today so things will be a little quiet on GMB for a few days until we get internet.

We’re heading to Shiroka Laka tomorrow for the 2013 Pesponedelnik/Kukeri Festival, so expect lots of photos when I return!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving cheer distributed for men in service. New York City turned host to the boys in service today and cared for every man in uniform. Underwood and Underwood: ca. 1918

Today Vince and I are celebrating Thanksgiving at sea. We are somewhere between Italy and Greece, soakin’ up the Mediterranean sun.

Well, I’m thinking about celebrating Thanksgiving. Vince doesn’t have a clue what the holiday is (yet), so he’s just providing moral support.

This is the first Thanksgiving that I have ever spent away from my family back home in Utah.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s 1:02 am and I just finished a marathon baking session. As I am wide awake, I thought I would write a quick blog post wishing all my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, I still want you to know that I am very thankful to have you stopping by my little ole’ blog. I truly appreciate it. The comments and support I have gotten over the past year have most definitely made the prospect of packing up my life and moving across an ocean seem a little less daunting.

In the spirit of the holiday, I’d also like to mention that I am ever thankful for:

  • My husband. Without whom I wouldn’t be about to take this grand journey in life.
  • My mom. Whose love, support, and acceptance these past few years has gotten me to where I am today.
  • My friends and family. Whose love (on a daily basis) and enthusiastic support of my decision to move has shown me how much they care for me and for Vince. This may be my last Thanksgiving with you for a while, but know I will think of you often.

This year, more than ever, I have so much to be thankful for in my life.

It most certainly does not go unnoticed.

So, wherever you happen to find yourself today, dear reader, take the time to count your blessings. I sure count you as one of mine!

Much love,



P.S. In case you were wondering, I made:


Praline Sweet Potatoes


Forgotten Kiss Cookies (which I found on Pinterest)

There's a Hershey's Kiss hiding inside them! (via for recipe)

They look much better when all packaged up.