Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


Travel Tales: Scotland

Since I’ve already been spewing forth so much Scotland-fan girl stuff lately, I thought I would just push it into the obscene and do a Travel Tales post on my visit in 2004.

The far too adorable, Scottish Highland cow (pronounced, Heeland-coo)

Can you tell I am dreaming about a return trip?

Scotland was one of the stops on my UK/France high school graduation trip.

It was also {by far} my favorite.

Gretna Green is where the term “Shotgun wedding” originated.

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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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Randomly Me Monday: Volume Nine | 10 Day You Challenge


I’m back again with a Randomly Me post and the 10 Day You Challenge.

This one is going to be short and sweet {probably}.

Seven wants:

1) A baby— Yep. I am baby hungry and not ashamed to admit it! Soon… Soon…

2) A return trip to Scotland–I visited in 2004 when I was 18 years old and it has embedded itself deep into my heart. I look forward to visiting with my hubby and experiencing more of that famous Scottish charm (and sexy as hell accent!).

3) A successful career–Ideally, when I have kids I would love to stay home until they are older. But if that isn’t in the cards, I hope to have a fulfilling career in some sort of tourism, hospitality, or recreation capacity. I would love to stay with Princess in a year round position, whether it be in California, Seattle, or Alaska. I would also love to have my own business selling my handmade jewelry or something else I handcraft. I have also contemplated returning to school to get my Masters degree. Oh! And maybe work as a photographer. Clearly I have not narrowed down my plans!

4) Visit every continent–I once had this as a goal for before I got married, but obviously that didn’t work out!

5) Better my health–AKA lose weight and become more active! I want to be the best me possible.

6) Accomplish all my 30 Before 30 goals–I am slowing making progress and have about 3.5 years to go!

7) Stay passionate–I think having passions in life, whatever they may be, keeps us young, interesting, and happy. I have mine and I am sure I will develop more as I get older.


Up next week: six places (SO hard to nail down for a travel bum like me!)

Check out previous weeks’ Randomly Me posts:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

10 Day You Challenge posts:

ten secrets, nine loves, eight fears




Chicago, Here I Come!

via wikipedia


I leave for the airport at 4:30 am tomorrow morning and instead of packing, like I should be, I am blogging. That’s just how I roll.

I am very excited to be visiting the Windy City, although I am holding out hope it isn’t all that windy, at least while we are there.

We have lots on the agenda but I am beginning to think that we will ultimately find ourselves walking around taking pictures until we get tired, at which point we will find a good place to eat and, most importantly, people watch! A. and I enjoy some good people watching. Take our trip to Scotland, for example. We were sitting facing the windows in a little coffee shop in Edinburgh (maybe it was Glasgow, I forget) when a bus pulls up outside and a little old lady gets off and starts screaming at the driver, makes weird hand gestures/points, and then proceeds to spit on the sidewalk. It was clear she was putting a curse on him. It was intense! Man, I heart Scotland!

I digress…

Our first two nights will be spent at the historic Palmer House. Let me tell you, this place looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g! It is a well know Chicago landmark and has a fascinating history. It also just underwent a 170 million dollar renovation. Apparently it’s the “Chicago hotel the world knows best.” It looks pretty darn swanky:

via Hilton


Our last two nights will be at the Chicago Hilton. It doesn’t look too shabby either:


via Hilton


My camera is going to get a workout this week, that is for sure! I am hoping my wallet, on the other hand, does not!

Be prepared for a total photo dump and multiple posts when I get home.

Aw, vacations. Is there anything better?

Talk to ya’ll next week (well, maybe late Sunday night if I am up to it).