“Strawberry wine and seventeen…” This song by Deana Carter was an essential at the annual summer camp dance. I remember standing there hoping my camp crush would sweep me off my feet and confess his love for me after our 5 magical days at said camp. That never happened. Instead, my usually danced alone and created a dramatic interpretative dance instead. Whenever I hear this … Continue reading Raspberry Wine
If you asked people about their favorite year of college, most would say freshman year. This is the year where every thing and every moment is exciting because it’s all new. I, on the other hand, would pick sophomore year as my favorite. I liked knowing what to expect and how to make the most of the year. I wasn’t sure what to expect during … Continue reading Sophomore Year
When I arrived in Sofia before orientation, there was a sense of being home, a sense of familiarity in the least. I found myself in the USA always using GPS and feeling unsure where to eat or shop. But alas, Bulgaria, I feel like I know what I am doing here. Or at least I know the restaurants, the metro, the taxis, the basic phrases … Continue reading Back at It
Orientation just finished, and I am back in Gabrovo ready to take on my 2nd school year. Students, I miss you and cannot wait to see you!! When I first stepped into Vitosha Park Hotel on August, 31st, a weird sense of nostalgia rushed over me. My only memories in this place are from orientation a year earlier. So much has changed from that time. … Continue reading Twice as Fun
One of my favorite things about Bulgaria is the beautiful landscape. Spring, summer, fall, or winter, it’s all beautiful. Throughout last year I continuously heard about the 7 Rila Lakes. The Rila Mountains is a range located in western Bulgaria just south of Sofia. With peaks over 2600m, the window of visiting is quite short unless you want to tromp in snow. Part of this … Continue reading The 7 Rila Lakes
Receiving a Fulbright grant has been one of the biggest honors of my life, but from the beginning of this journey, I knew that my purpose was more than just to simply enjoy my time in Europe. When I applied for Fulbright, I knew it would be by God’s grace that I would be able to go. In going, I also knew that meant that my … Continue reading Grace and Purpose
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. I have been busy talking about Bulgaria in person for a change! I’ve been back for almost 5 weeks now. Returning to the US has been nothing short of busy, busy, busy in classic American style. I landed in DC around 6pm local time, lugged my 43 pound suitcase on a bus, the metro, and the sidewalk to arrive … Continue reading How was Bulgaria?