Saturday, April 30, 2011

We don't call it vacation anymore

Earlier this week, Kyle and I finally bought our plane tickets for Europe. We will be in Italy for a couple of weeks and in Bulgaria for a week. I got so excited, I didn't know what to do. So I did what I know: I bought shoes. I am READY!

As my initial excitement over my new red Dr. Scholl's wore off and the reality of new-leather blisters took over, it dawned on me that really... this is the shortest Bulgaria trip we have ever taken. And, quite frankly, I am not quite sure how we would manage to see everyone we want to see.

How do you plan your summer trips?! Do you only see family? Do you do big parties where all of your friends show up to say hi? Who do you see? When, where, for how long? Tell me!

P.S. Did you notice how I don't even call these trips vacation anymore?
P.P.S. Kapka Kassabova's book is boring me to tears. Did you read it yet?


  1. We are going to Bulgaria for 2 weeks in September. We want to get a little R&R time in, but really its about seeing family and friends of my husband.

  2. Well usually I go home for a week or so but mostly I spent this time with my grand/parents and my brother.
    Family comes first :)

  3. My trips are getting shorter and shorter when I go back, and I too try to squeeze another destination when I go overseas. Usually my time in Sofia is spent visiting family.

    PS I found Kapka's book melancholic but not boring. Why do you think it is boring you?

  4. I had a long conversation with a friend of mine today about this mess and we were both worrying that the only way to sustain our bi-cultural existence is to actually give up on one of our cultures. But then... of course... that's unrealistic. So, I guess it will have to stay all messy and painful and we'll have to learn to live with it.

  5. I started reading Kapka Kassabova too and I could not get past the first few pages. Boring and somehow disconnected from the reality in Bulgaria

  6. I can understand that. I don't call going to Poland a vacation either. I call it visiting family. Since that is what we do. Lately, all I can do is a week at a time as well so we visit the closest family and try to spend our time with them and do whatever is needed (funerals, weddings, paperwork for whatever family business, etc.). I wish we could spend more time there and more often, of course. I hope you have a lot of fun!

  7. I was curious about Kapka Kassabova's book. Sounds like quite a few people didn't much care about it.

    On sustaining a bi-cultural existence - what does it even mean? :)

    Have fun in Italy. If you happen to visit Florence, do not miss the San Miniato al Monte basilica (