Rila Is Really Pretty

I have a lot of state pride, a fact which my fellow YES Abroad Bulgaria students have learned over the past two weeks as I’ve drunk excessive amounts of water from my purple (Oregon-made) HydroFlask with the Oregon-shaped sticker that says HOME on it while waxing poetic about Oregon’s water or Oregon’s people or Oregon’s … More Rila Is Really Pretty

Living in Limbo

Culture is more than a language, a cuisine, or a shared history. It’s a mindset, an outlook, a way of operating in the world. As an outsider observing a culture, you see those within it living according to a set of guidelines to which you do not have access. It’s a surreal experience, watching the … More Living in Limbo

Tired, But Happy

The doors slide open and I roll my suitcases forward, my stomach in knots. I briefly scan the crowd of people waiting in the cavernous hall full of kiosks for rental car agencies and banners welcoming travelers to Bulgaria before my eyes settle on a homemade sign that reads, “Welcome Yes Abroad Generation 2017/2018”. This … More Tired, But Happy

The Nitty-Gritty

In 13 days, I will board a plane in Oregon to leave my life behind and begin anew in Sofia, Bulgaria. Somebody pinch me. It’s nearly impossible to know how to prepare for this sort of adventure. I put off packing and preparing for many months out of fear that I would make every mistake … More The Nitty-Gritty

The Tree Grows

Today is July 31st, 2017. I leave for Bulgaria in less than a month. That is certifiably crazy. One could imagine that the days leading up to departure are endlessly exciting, that my life at the moment is simply bursting with packing and preparations. Allow me to dissuade you from that notion. Much of the … More The Tree Grows