Thriving In Surprises

There is nothing I love more than exploring a new place. That’s probably pretty obvious, seeing as I chose to spend a year living in one, but it’s true! The thrill and curiosity I feel when wandering unfamiliar streets, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells, is like no other. I’ve felt that thrill a … More Thriving In Surprises

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