Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


Randomly Me Monday (on a Tuesday!): Volume Ten | 10 Day You Challenge

It might be Tuesday, but I didn’t want to miss another Randomly Me post. Mondays can’t get all the fun!

Truckin’ along with the 10 Day You Challenge…

A fun one for me…

six places:

1) Scotland– OK, OK. I know I have gushed about Scotland many times before, but I can’t help it. I’ve been all over the world, but the beauty of the country still stands out amongst the rest. It’s been 8 years since I visited, so I think a return trip is in order…soon!

Loch Ness

2) Bulgaria–My new home. I’ve only spent about 4 months total in the country, but I am completely in love with it. Of course, part of that is because my hubs is Bulgarian, but I think I’d love it anyway even if he weren’t! I moved to BG over the winter and will be returning soon after I leave Alaska in the fall.

Veliko Tarnovo

3) Alaska–At the end of this summer I will have lived in Alaska for over a year of my life. Alaska, and Denali in particular, embed themselves in people’s hearts. I am no exception. Coming back to Denali always feels like coming home.

Denali National Park

4) Utah–My home state. I was born and raised in Utah and if Vince and I decide to settle in the U.S., it will likely be in UT. Utah is stunning. From the “greatest snow on earth” at the state’s many ski resorts, to 5 world-famous National Parks; Utah is one of the most beautiful and diverse states in the nation (of course, I am a little biased).

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

5) India–I visited the country on a volunteer trip with some friends in 2007. My feelings on my time in the country are hard to articulate. I saw some things that broke my heart, but at the same time I saw and experienced things that touched my soul, changed my life, and created lifelong memories. Having traveled in India, I feel like I can travel anywhere in the world. There probably is not another country in the world that can so strongly stimulate all 5 senses ALL.THE.TIME. Sometimes this is an awesome thing, other times not so much. Those of you who have visited will understand what I mean.

6) Egypt–The only country on this list where I haven’t traveled…yet. I have been enamored with Egypt since grade school. In fact, I once had dreams of becoming an Egyptologist (I was fascinated with mummies as a kid). Those childhood career plans may have faded, but my fascination with the country and its history have not. The current political state of the country makes a visit something that will have to wait.

Whew! I can’t believe I was able to narrow down “places” to just six! There are so many more that I could talk about. But I suppose that is a blog post for another day.


Want to see previous posts in this series?

Randomly Me: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

10 Day You Challenge: ten secrets, nine loves, eight fears, seven wants


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Finagle a Foto #6: Abstract

Linking up again over on The ArtsyGirl Connection, for Finagle a Foto #6.

The theme this week is abstract.

I chose this photo– which I took at the Red Fort in Agra, India–because it stood out to me as “abstract.” I’m not entirely sure if it truly is, but I tried!



If you like the photo, you can vote for it/me here (#9). I sure appreciate it!




Photo Request

I got this email last night:

Hi Whitney,

I really liked your photo of Shrubbery Nightingale Park, Darjeeling

I was hoping you would grant us permission to use it on our new website Touristlink.
The photo would be the primary photo for this destination and we would be happy to link
back to either your Flickr website or some other website if you would like this type of credit.

Your picture would appear on this page here:

Please get back to me if you have any questions about the use of your photo.

Tourist link is a new social travel platform and we want to have really good pictures of the destinations we

feature and think your photo would help.


Nice, right?

Of course I said yes!

My trip to India in 2007 was amazing and I am happy that my photos are good enough to be posted on a travel website.

I hope I get more emails like this in the future!

Oh, and I have to say that I am glad I was asked for permission. A lot of people these days just steal photos, and because I don’t watermark mine (yet), I have seen some show up on websites with people passing them off as their own. Not cool.



Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I’m baaaaack…

For another round of Ramblinsg and Photos Scavenger Hunt Sunday!

I had a blast coming up with ideas for last weeks prompts, and while I did not have as much time this week to devote to “the hunt,” (had to hit up my archives for most of my prompts) I had fun nonetheless, and I definitely think this exercise is helping to improve my creativity and photography skills. It’s fun going back through old photos and seeing how my style has developed.

Here we go!


A delicious crab leg dinner courtesy of my awesome supervisor, K., in Alaska. Crab legs have got to be one of my most favorite foods of all time!


Well. Salt Lake City got its first big snowfall of the season this weekend. I happened to be babysitting again and we all know a 6-year old can’t resist that white, powdery stuff! So, we bundled up and headed outside for some wintery fun!


Fall is disguised as winter these days here in Utah! I don’t think all the flowers got the memo and were blindsided by the chilly weather this weekend.


Red Fort, Old Delhi, India–The Diwan-i-Khas, a large area once used for imperial audiences, is a pavilion clad completely in marble, the pillars are decorated with floral carvings and inlay work with many semi-precious stones. The Red Fort is where Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal) was imprisoned until his death.

I have been spending a lot of time lately going through my travel photo archive, and have begun to wade through the hundreds of photos I took in India. I honestly could have done this entire scavenger hunt with photos I took while there, but I thought I would contain myself and only do a couple!  I am working on getting them organized and uploaded to my Flickr feed, so stay tuned!


Another photo taken at Red Fort in India. It’s one of my favorites from the entire trip.

Yeah, I know… 3 archive photos this week. Not exactly following the rules. In my defense, the snow had me a little depressed and not really in the mood to do anything other than lay about under warm blankets watching movies!

I will do better next week. I promise!

Comment and let me know what you think of my photos!

Thanks for stopping by,



Awesome Blog Find

I thought I was the only person that did this:

Mykonos, Greece (Please overlook my chubby Jimmy Dean Sausage Toes. Ventsi sure has cute feet though!).


But I found this AMAZING blog today that proves otherwise.

The ground beneath my feet is probably the most creative and fun blog I have come across in ages.

It’s a creative travelogue meets photoblog, and I can’t get enough!

I, like the blogger (who I think is from Sofia), have a thing for taking pics of my feet wherever they happen to be traveling. Unlike the blogger (I couldn’t find her name), I do not own such a cute and diverse collection of shoes!

I wanted to post a few of my favorite photos from the blog, but I don’t really know how she’d feel about that, so I will just link to a few of my faves:

  • I LOVE her theory (in  Tough Love–Sofia, Bulgaria) on the relationship between the state of a locales sidewalks/streets to the general happiness of its inhabitants.
  • This set of pics really makes me wish I had taken some “feet” photos while I was in India. I was in Calcutta, however, and the streets/sidewalks tended to have raw sewage and dead rats (no joke–see below) covering them rather than beautiful chalk art.
  • Again, sure wish I had takes some photos like this one while I was in Barcelona.

I could go on and on.

I think I found my new blog-obsession (blogsession?).

PLEASE go check it out. It’ll make your day. I promise!