Una Bella Vita. Betsey recently spent six months in Bulgaria and is now pursuing a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling. Without further ado...
I spent this past summer working and living in Sofia, Bulgaria. Before this opportunity came my way, I had never even heard of Bulgaria and I definitely couldn't find it on a map. Now, almost six months after I returned to the US, Bulgaria is still on my heart and constantly on my mind. My time in Bulgaria taught me about being independent and taking chances, I learned what it means to not only visit a different culture but to live and breathe it. I picked up its customs (did you know that Bulgaria is the ONLY place in the world that shakes their head for 'yes' and nods it for 'no'! Talk about confusing!), became friends with its people, explored its cities, and fell in love with its traditions.
döner stands. I think of the beautiful fields and flowers of Vladaya, the breathtaking Rila Mountains, and the magical history of Plovidiv (the third oldest city in Europe!). But above all, I think of the people I met there: their love and respect for their history and traditions, their eagerness to explore other places, and the warm hospitality they extended to me.I feel like my heart is constantly being pulled back to Bulgaria, and I feel that someday I might even end up there for good.
Thank you Betsey! And, in case you haven't been fully convinced that you should travel to Bulgaria someday, here are some wanderlusty photos for your viewing pleasure.