Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


Running Low on Steam

With just over 6 weeks left in the summer season, the general feeling in Denali these days seems to be one of excitement for the end mixed with a small dose of apathy. My recent trip home for my grandmother’s funeral certainly did not help things in my case. Being back in Utah felt strange and uncomfortable for the first few hours, however, I soon adjusted and being back in the company of my family felt great (even though the circumstances of our gathering were unfortunate). After a few summers away from Salt Lake, I had forgotten how beautiful the city could be—even in the oven-like temperatures. It was extremely hard to head back up to Alaska. My family is grieving and in need of some support and I hated having to leave so soon after arriving. But Denali (and work) was calling my name.

Now I am here and trying to get my head back in the game. It isn’t proving too difficult, thank goodness. Fall is quickly upon us here in the interior and that makes me happy. The autumn colors in Denali are a sight to behold.

With lots of exciting (and scary!) adventures and life changes looming on the horizon, I keep reminding myself to live in the moment and enjoy each day as it comes. I am so incredibly lucky and blessed to be where I am and I never want to take that for granted.

Thanks for sticking around!


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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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April Showers

The past few days have been rainy and blustery here in Salt Lake City. The forecast for this weekend is more of the same.


I am a rain and storm loving girl, so it’s perfectly fine with me. Sure, it would have been nice to have sunny weather so I could go out fishing on my bro’s new boat or on a nice photo walk somewhere, but it’s been far too long since I’ve experienced some nice rain showers.


In Bulgaria we had plenty of snow showers, but not much in the rain department.

My plan for the day is to curl up on my bed with a hot cup of tea, listen to the soothing sounds from outside, eat leftover Pad Thai, and possibly get some work done. The days of working at home in my pjs and not having to venture out for a “big kid” job are quickly coming to an end.


Off to Denali in less than 3 weeks!



Mexican Noms: Lone Star Taqueria

Awhile back, before I left for Bulgaria, my friend A. and I saw a local Salt Lake area Mexican restaurant–Lone Star Taqueria–on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

I am surprised that I was even able to make it through the episode as I hate Guy Fieri (whom I refer to as Douche Fieri), and usually can’t watch more than a few minutes of his bleached spiky head, backwards sunglass wearing, overall “bro” persona. UGH.

Anywho, The restaurant owner (and Douche) said that they have the best fish tacos around. I happened to be on a fish taco kick those days, so my mom and I headed over to check it out.

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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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Catching Up

Sorry I have been M.I.A. lately.

The past few days have been a complete blur. Between flying for an entire day, a bit of jet lag, and the go go go I have been doing; the time is just flying by.

My flights from Bulgaria to Salt Lake City went by as smoothly as I could have asked. By some miracle (economy must have been over sold) Delta upgraded me to first class from Paris to New York. It was SWEET! I don’t know that I would have ever flown first class in my life otherwise, but now that I have I see that it is completely worth the extra money.

Since arriving in Utah, I have been visiting with family and friends. I only have a month here, so I am trying to make the most of it.

Yesterday, my mom and I drove up to Idaho to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets. There were a crazy amount of people in line.

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