bulgaria, here i come

May 14, 2012 at 6:07 am 8 comments

in a few days, i’m leaving for eastern europe. this is my second opportunity to travel there. the first one was in 2009 when i visited the czech republic, poland, hungary, croatia, and slovenia. this time i’m going to bulgaria.

what’s in bulgaria? a friend has asked. it’s a small country with a population of about 8 million and it’s one of the least visited places in europe. truth to tell, i don’t know much about the country. what i do know is that it has been a melting pot of many cultures dating as far back as the time of the ancient greeks. at one time in its history, it was conquered and became part of the byzantine empire for more than a 100 years. at another time, it fell under the ottoman empire for 500 years. in the 90s, it emerged from soviet communist rule and became a democracy. it would be interesting to visit it now as it rises from the ashes of its past and see at first hand the progress that it has made.

as usual, i’ll be traveling light. i’ll fit everything that i need in my carry-on backpack. it’s for safety and comfort. i won’t run the risk of losing a check-in luggage and won’t have the problem of carrying my stuff through busy streets and up several flights of stairs at the hotel. it’s true that bringing fewer clothes would mean hand washing and wearing them over again, but who cares? traveling isn’t about making a fashion statement. it’s about having fun and being free to move about without the burden of a heavy luggage.

so what could possibly be in my 20-pound backpack? for starters, five sets of clothing, socks, and underwear that are easy to wash and quick to dry. a sweater, a light raincoat, a pair of pants. a pair of shorts, and a pair of slippers would fit in nicely, too. and, of course, toiletries (including one roll of toilet paper), a travel clothesline, and an empty water bottle for filling at drinking fountains. lastly, an ultra-light day pack that you can roll up when not in use to save space.

i’ll be meeting the rest of the group at the hotel in sofia, the capital of bulgaria. there’ll be twelve of us on this tour and we’ll all be coming from the united states. i don’t know anyone, but i’m sure we’ll bond and become fast friends sharing common interest in travel and in experiencing different cultures.

i’ll be back early next month with fascinating stories to tell. it would be great if you, you, and especially you will miss me while i’m gone, but i ain’t holding my breath.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AC  |  May 15, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Yes, I will miss you. Hahahaha. Have fun! Looking forward to your travel posts when you get back. πŸ™‚

  • 2. skippyheart  |  May 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Have a safe and fun trip! πŸ™‚

  • 3. Abby  |  May 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I can’t wait to hear about your vacation — please take lots of pix.

  • 4. Angie Reyes  |  May 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    have a great time roaming another part of this world and tell me all about it when you’ll get

  • 5. dianewrites  |  May 17, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I haven’t been to a country outside Europe and hearing traveling opportunities from others make me sooo envious πŸ˜€ I also have limited knowledge of the country. Hopefully as you share you later story, we will be more educated.


  • 6. Pointless Paranoia  |  May 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Reading this makes me want to go there to. Nakakainggit ka naman. Ang dami mo nang napuntahan sa Europe. Sana maging matiwasay ang paglalakbay mo. Maayos naman pala ang paghahanda mo, so wala naman sigurong magiging problema. Looking forward to hearing your stories next month. πŸ™‚

  • 7. Nortehanon  |  May 27, 2012 at 5:16 am

    waiting….waiting…waiting….for the stories from the jetsetter in Europe πŸ™‚

  • 8. plaridel  |  June 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

    i’m back. thanks for the good thoughts. i had a blast. i’ll be visiting your sites shortly.


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