Hello from Bulgaria!

It’s been 12 days since we arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria, for our 3 week visit with family. For the first week, my sister joined us. I got to show her around the city and where I lived for 2 years, which was great. Then we loaded up 2 cars, one being a Fiat, and drove across the country. We stopped to see different sites, and spent a few days on the Black Sea coast with friends. 3 tall adults crammed into a tiny Fiat was an adventure in itself, let me tell ya!

We have been having an amazing time, and are finally enjoying a day of rest after nonstop go-go-go. I have gorged myself on all of my favorite food and drinks, like Shopska salad, roasted red peppers, snejanka, and cheap and delicious Bulgarian beers and wine. One thing you should know if you ever come to Bulgaria: bring your appetite! The food is incredible.

I took time away from working, but now I’m back at it. It was great to be unplugged for so long, and I really couldn’t have gotten anything done even if I had wanted to. WiFi connections were hard to find as we drove through the mountains and small towns. Once I logged back online and started working on some assignments, I actually felt really excited about it. Freelance writing has some awesome perks, and being able to step away for a bit without worrying about “losing” my job is one of the best!

Thanks to everyone who commented on my side hustle challenge update. I guess $1k for 2 months really is something to be proud of! I think I’ll try another challenge like this in the fall/winter.

I’ve been trying my best to catch up on my blog reader, but it really seems like an impossible task. A week away is like years in blog land 🙂  Anyway, hope you are all having a great week.

Here are a few pics from our trip, so far:

Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo
Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo
Nessebar
In Nessebar, on the Black Sea Coast
Sofia National Theater
Ivan Vazov National Theater in Sofia

About Lauren

Lauren May is a freelance writer and full-time mom living her best life on a budget.

14 thoughts on “Hello from Bulgaria!

    1. It is extremely affordable for foreigners. I’m going to write about it more in depth to talk about our budget for the trip, but yes, you get a great exchange rate and things are cheap for us. The food and drinks are delicious, so it works out well for travelers!

  1. The Shopska salad looks and sounds delicious!! One of my favorite things about traveling is testing out the local cuisine. Good for you for unplugging too! I know what you mean about a week away. Sometimes I take a day or two off and I feel like I have missed out on so much.

  2. I know you and your husband have relatives there, but Bulgaria is the kind of “random” country that I would enjoy visiting! Great pics and I’m glad you had some time off of work. I really value those times where I LITERALLY couldn’t use my phone or do work on my computer. I’ve done it our past two vacations (one was our honeymoon in Jamaica and one was our cruise). We checked our emails for a few minutes each night to make sure no emergencies happened, but overall we stayed completely unplugged.

    1. Eh, it’s pretty uncomfortable. I didn’t drive it, but my husband did. He hated it at first but once he got used to it, he enjoyed it. It’s like a toy car!

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