The [Sorta] Final Countdown

With the year wrapping up, I thought I would reflect in one of my favorite ways: lists. I will be returning to Bulgaria next school year, so this is the sorta final countdown and not the final, final countdown. You’ll have to wait until 2018 for that one! Countries Visited This Year (in chronological order) England Slovenia Greece Romania Germany Serbia Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Montenegro … Continue reading The [Sorta] Final Countdown

What I Learned During My First Year in Bulgaria

As a teacher, you are constantly learning. A first year teacher in another country is no exception to this. With much amusement, I share with you the top 10 things I learned during this year in Bulgaria. Here you are: How to read body language. It’s amazing how much I can understand based on body language. Occasionally it gets a bit confusing since Bulgarians shake … Continue reading What I Learned During My First Year in Bulgaria


I’ve always loved watching movies and being able to say, “Oh, I’ve been there!” Not living in NYC or LA, it rarely happens which makes it all the more special when it does. Reading the Gospels after being in Israel is similar to this movie-recognizing feeling except 100 times BETTER. Reading through John 6 as Jesus is in Tiberias, Capernaum, and on the Sea of … Continue reading Israel

Not the Only Brainerd in Bulgaria

No, I didn’t find a long lost relative in Bulgaria… My dad and Kathy came to Bulgaria for 10 days! I’ve had a visitor about once a month since March when Sam came and then Maggie in April, but having family visit for an extended time was totally different. Our time can be summed up by countless iPad photos, daily Shopska salads, and many laughs. Here’s the trip itinerary: … Continue reading Not the Only Brainerd in Bulgaria