Well hello! It has been 3 months and I haven’t written any blog posts. Oops! I guess life got in the way…
Let me just summarize what I have been up to and where I have been traveling—I will make another post about finishing up my time teaching and in Bulgaria.
Oh and fun fact: I’m posting this from Zurich, Switzerland! Hello summer travels with mom J
Like, I said, this post will just be about the travels I have done in the last 3-4 months.
I’ve been really busy!
***quick note! my internet/computer are not co-operating, so I'll add the rest of the pictures later!***
I also finalized my plans for next year. I am very excited to announce that I will be moving to New York, New York! Can’t wait to spend a year (or maybe more) in the Big Apple. I will make another post about the program I am doing once I am home (in TEXAS!!) from traveling.
Here are the trips I’ve taken (as far as I can remember!)-
March: Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
1. Spring Break trip with the family! (London, Paris, Edinburgh, Gibraltar)
2. Trip to Israel for the holiday of Passover (Pesach)
May: Romania (Bucharest and Brasov)
Instead of writing a long post about each place, I will just provide some pictures with descriptions. Everywhere I went was interesting and unique in its own way, but I don’t really want to write a summary about each locale.
Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria-
The medieval capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnovo (VT) is filled with windy cobblestone streets and a fortress overlooking the city. I went here with 2 friends from Fulbright and we spent a lovely weekend exploring the city. Because VT has a university, it has the feel of a student town, and even has some lovely street art that really helped enliven the city and its buildings. We stayed at a quaint Hostel that can only be described as the hippie-est hostel I have ever stayed in-- complete with the owners smoking some herbs on the balcony and making us homemade bread and yogurt for breakfast. They even talked to us about our auras and one is them is a certified Reiki instructor (click here if you don't know what reiki is). Not very typical for Bulgaria, but it reminded me a bit of Smith and Northampton and it was really lovely to meet a very non-traditional couple.
Spring Break Trip with Family
What a whirlwind trip! I am definitely not the picture-taking member of the family, so most of the good pictures come from my brother, sister, or dad. Nonetheless, I have provided a few for you here. We were in so many different cities but stayed in London the first week and Gibraltar for 2 days which made for a very comfortable experience. We even rented a 3 bedroom apartment so we could all have our own space.
Pesach in Israel
I flew back to Bulgaria from London for about 6 hours before heading out to Israel for Pesach. I stayed for 2 weeks and because it was not a tourist trip, I didn't take many pictures.
|This is apparently the only picture I took... Leaving Israel...|
The final trip I took during my official year in Bulgaria was to Romania, in May. It was the first trip I took alone, and it was an incredible experience. Traveling solo is definitely something I'd be interested to do in the future.
I spent a few days in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, and then headed towards the famous/infamous transylvania region. The 'dracula' tale comes from the true story of Vlad the Impaler- A 15th century ruler in Romania who earned the reputation of impaling his enemies after he captured them. (More about him here)
Alright, that's it for now! I will post some travel updates from my trip with my mom, and hopefully (at some point!!) make a post about finishing up and leaving Bulgaria.