Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


Happy Summer Solstice…err, a day late!

I’m a horrible Alaskan (I have an Alaskan driver’s license, so I consider myself a local–clearly undeservedly so!) and thought the Summer Solstice was today. Um, yeah. It was yesterday, June 20th.

Perhaps it was the fog I was in from the previous night’s events, but suffice it to say I noticed more of my pillow and bed than I did the amount of daylight outside.

Side Note: Just because a drink is blue, frozen, and comes with a cherry on top does not mean it is for the faint of heart!

Side Note, Part 2: I am beginning to think Mother Nature is playing a dirty trick on me. The weather has been gorgeous for days, but yesterday–my day off–it poured. Today it’s back to sunny skies and warm temps. Ugh.

The Summer Solstice is a big event in Alaska. With nearly 22 hours of daylight here in the interior, it’s a fun time of year. From here on out the daylight will get shorter and shorter, but for now the sun never really sets.

At night, it gets what I like to call “twilight-y.”

For instance, it’s nearly midnight as I write this and this is what the sky looks like from my window:

I can’t sleep with any light in my room, so it’s been fun arranging my blackout curtains so that not even a sliver of light leaks through.

Alaska is referred to as The Land of the Midnight Sun. It’s clear why…

Anywho. Happy late Solstice!

Hope the summer is treating you well, wherever you happen to find yourself.



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Travel Tales: Alaskan Summers Past

It’s hard to believe that this is my third summer living and working in Denali, Alaska.

(well…maybe not that hard).

When I came up for my first summer in 2008, I never imagined I would work more than one season. I ventured to the state for a few reasons:  the need to complete an internship for my college major and my fairly constant desire to see more of the world. The internship alone probably would not have been enough to get me up here.

Wanderlust always wins out!

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The Calm Before the Storm

I’m sitting in my hotel room here at the Fairbanks Princess in Fairbanks, Alaska.

View from my hotel room

Just enjoying my last few hours of complete laziness before the crazy Denali tourism season begins.

It’s been nice having some time to myself before arriving into the thick of things, however, I am ready to get the summer started!

You can expect most of my posts over the next 5 months to be Alaska-oriented.

Lots of photos. That’s for sure!

I hope you stick around and follow my summer adventures.