Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


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!





One of my photos from the  trip we went on last week was the WINNER of Finagle a Foto over on The ArtsyGirl Connection!

The theme was “Green” and I knew I wanted to use a photo of graffiti that I snapped next to the Black Sea outside of Burgas.

I really love entering photo contests and I love winning even more.


Thanks to everyone who voted for me!

I was in a dead heat with Martin from PhotoLifeSite, with his cool lawn sculpture pic. He takes some awesome photos, and is a fellow Bulgarian (not that I consider myself a local…yet!) so you should head over there and check him out.



Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Vince and I are back from our road trip across Bulgaria.

It was amazing and I am so happy that I got to see more of the country. Bulgaria’s landscapes are so diverse, rugged, and charming.

I took over 2,000 photos in just 5 days, so I had plenty to sift through for this week’s SHH.

And I am taking every opportunity I can to get some of the photos I took up on my blog. Be prepared for lots more in the coming days!

Hope you enjoy!

1) Vintage

Picking a photo for this prompt was tough! As we toured so many villages, museums, and old houses on our journey, I have loads of photos of really interesting old things. I ultimately chose this little cradle–which was in one of the house museums we toured–as I thought it was just so sweet.

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Randomly Me Monday: Self Portrait and Currently

For this week’s post, I’m switching things up a bit from last Monday. I came across this link-up on Baby in Bulgaria and clicked over to The Paper Mama to see what it was all about.

Maybe it’s a generalization, but I think very few women love having their photo taken, and fewer still jump at the chance to post photos of themselves on the internet.

But I think self-portraits are important. Too often women focus on documenting their kids, travels, home, etc., and forget about documenting themselves. I try to post photos of myself on my blog every so often even if I don’t think the photo is the most flattering (they rarely are!) because I think it adds a bit of a personal touch to my posts. Yes, they are usually the awkward arm-out photo with the hubby, but that still counts, right?!

This photo is unstaged and has no interesting background. No distractions. I just grabbed the camera and snapped a pic. It’s me in this moment; blemishes, tired eyes, comfy clothes, and all:

Currently I am…

Obsessing over…

Makeup. I have a bit of a fetish for cosmetics and I watch far too many YouTube “beauty guru” videos. It’s a guilty pleasure. All I can think about is buying new products! Luckily, there isn’t a Sephora in Bulgaria! Oh wait… Just Googled it, looks like there is one in Sofia. Greaaaaaaaat. 😉

Thinking about…

My upcoming 3rd summer working in Alaska. It will be the first time I have been there without Vince and I am trying to put on a brave front. I just have to focus on the good stuff: spending time with friends, lots of time outdoors (in gorgeous Denali!), Alaskan Summer and Amber (my two favorite beers), and delicious Prospector’s pizza!


Warmer weather. We haven’t traveled nearly as much as I thought we would have by now and I am so looking forward to better weather so that we can explore more of Bulgaria.

Listening to…

Seeing how Pandora and Spotify are blocked in Bulgaria, I am only left with YouTube to access music (my iPod is all but dead). Recently I have been enjoying Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, Lana Del Rey (trying to decide what I think of her), and Jonsi.


Just finished a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1 and some vanilla wafer cookies. I am hoping the coffee doesn’t keep me up all night!


Our car is having some issues. I am really hoping the problems aren’t major and don’t cost us a ton!


Anywho, I just really enjoyed the idea of this link-up and I like reading what others are up to. I hope you do as well!



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.