Three Years Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 in Bulgaria, Hungary, Personal, Turkey, USA, Yearly | No Comments
Three Years Abroad

Thirteen months ago, I started a new job. I’d been in Istanbul for just under two years, and I was at a point of transition. I’d done the English-teaching thing and decided that, if the only way to stay in Istanbul was to continue to teach English, I wouldn’t stay in Turkey. I spent two […]

I Came for Buzludzha: An Abandoned Bulgarian Wonder

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 in Bulgaria, Culture | 2 Comments
I Came for Buzludzha: An Abandoned Bulgarian Wonder

It was the pictures that caught my attention. A giant UFO-shaped Socialist monument on top of a mountain.  A piece of crumbing concrete art, the pinnacle of that captivating Communist era. THIS, above all else, is why I really came to Bulgaria. They call it Buzludzha. Bulgaria is still strewn with these monuments, but not […]

Returning To Bulgaria

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 in Bulgaria, Culture | 2 Comments
Returning To Bulgaria

For a long time, the only country I’d ever say I truly disliked was Bulgaria. The last time I was in Bulgaria was Sofia seven years ago, after my semester in Prague and my first swooning trip to Turkey, and I hated it– because it was hot, because it was ugly, because it wasn’t Istanbul. […]