Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


Scavenger Hunt Sunday: Back in Utah

This week’s SHH features some of my recent stateside adventures and activities.

Hope you enjoy!


1) New

Fresh, new ski and snowboard tracks up Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon–near Snowbird Ski Resort


2) Life

Farm life at Utah’s Wheeler Farm


3) Fragrant

As much as I enjoy seeing cute farmyard animals, standing downwind from their pens is not the most pleasant thing in the world. Pee-ew!

4) Pink

Okay, so there’s more than just pink in this one, but pink seemed to be the overriding theme as I was decorating eggs with my 6-year-old cousin.


5) Obvious

“Obvious” actually turned out to be a tough one for me this week. Then I saw this sign…


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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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Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I’m back for another round of SHS!

We haven’t been out of the apartment much this week, so a few of these were from outings we took last week. I think it’s ok to hit up the archives every so often!

1. Smile

This is a coffee shop near our apartment. I instantly thought of it when I saw the “smile” prompt! Although, the name isn’t very fitting. The one time my husband and I went there, they were out of coffee! How does a coffee “bar” run out of coffee?

2. Stand Alone

I feel like all the photography gods came together for this shot. A lone tree, snowy hill, bright blue sky, and fluffy clouds–beautiful! I posted this photo to my photoblog, Pixels from Afar, as well (I just love it that much!)

3. Something Old

An abandoned building we recently came across in our travels.

4. Artificial

Some fake flowers in our living room (made a little more interesting with a Pioneer Woman action).

5. Repeating Pattern

A set of doors on Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Bulgaria really is a photographers paradise!



Scavenger Hunt Sunday x2

Yeah… So I am lame and was working on last weeks prompts all week! I don’t know how that happened!

Good thing I took so many photos this week, though. I think I found some more that fit the actual prompts pretty well.

So, you get two scavenger hunts this week!


1. Stacked Up

Bulgarian’s sure have a knack for stacking firewood!

2. Winter Wonderland

3. Sweet

This sweet little guy came up to me a few days ago and I just had to snap some photos.

4. Hole

Man hole cover in Smolyan.

5. Frozen

Icy steps of death. My hubby tried to convince me to go down them, but I was having none of it! Who puts a set of steps on the side of a mountain and doesn’t include a handrail? Oh… Bulgarians do!



Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I haven’t done a SHS in quite some time, but with all the pictures I am taking these days, there’s no reason not to dive back in!

I really liked the prompts for this week and a few of them fit photos that I had been wanting to take since I got to Bulgaria.



1. One Color

It’s not technically one color, but I figured there’s enough white in there to count!

2. Laundry

I felt a tad creepy taking photos of people’s laundry, but because ours was in there too, I felt I was allowed (that’s us where the plaid shirt and blue sweater are–to the right of the nicely stacked firewood). You wouldn’t think laundry would dry out in the cold, snowy weather, but it does!

3. Empty

I posted two photos for this prompt and, sadly, I could have done many more. Smolyan (and Bulgaria in general) is full of abandoned and/or half-finished buildings. The first photo is of an abandoned building near our apartment and the second (which is Smolyan’s biggest eyesore) is a building reportedly started by an Arab sheik and then abandoned when he ran out of funds.

4. One Dozen

Couldn’t think of much for this prompt, so I busted out some of my lip products and took a {crummy quality} photo which I tried to jazz up with a Pioneer Woman action. Count ’em, there are 12!

5. Soft

Nothing better than some soft, fuzzy socks and a mug full of my MIL’s yummy homemade tea.


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,



Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I know. I know. Just a few weeks ago I went off about not “getting” things like scavenger hunts and the like when it comes to my blog.

But I suddenly realized that I take my camera with my pretty much everywhere and I take random photos in an attempt to hone my skills. So… Why not participate in a link-up/challenge that is basically exactly that?!

Yes. I am eating my words, and all too soon!

I spent a few nights at my aunt and uncles house this week to babysit my cousin because school has been out. Thursday, after baking cookies, we decided to go on a walk around the neighborhood. Still undecided on whether I would participate or not, I had this weeks prompts on my mind and seemed to see ideas for them everywhere! That’s when I knew I wanted to be a part of it and started snapping away.

On to my photos:


We found this little guy in front of the house. There seems to be an infestation of them the past few days. He was very kind to serve as my model!


Beautiful old brick taken from my great grandparent’s house after it was torn down.


Batter up!


A man-hole cover. It works!


Not at all like the example, but I couldn’t resist this moss-covered tree trunk!


Well, there you have it! My first Scavenger Hunt Sunday! I had a blast walking around snapping photos for this weeks prompts. I will definitely be linking up again next week!

What do you think of my photos? PLEASE comment! I’d love to get some feedback (constructive criticism is most welcome).