London Pics

July 21, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

By Frank
I’ve finished the London set on Flickr. I might be adding more video clips to it later. Check out the London set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/sets/72157606052905295/

Check out all our sets here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/sets/

Now back to recovering from our vacation…

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We’re back!

July 20, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Posted in adventures, bulgaria | Leave a comment

By Frank

And we’re really jet lagged. Nothing like going through 10 time zones to really mess up your internal clock. But we’ve had two days to try to recover, and we’re slowly feeling better.

I’ve been like a zombie in a daze, so all I’ve managed to do is upload photos. Today I’ll shave for the first time in a week. Anyway, I’ve uploaded the best pics and videos of our trip to Flickr. Rather than making a bunch of new posts here, I’m going to post the link to our Bulgaria 2008 collection. Head on over and check it out. The great thing about Flickr is that you can get the photos in their original 8 mega-pixel resolution.

Without further adieu:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/collections/

Check back later for our London collection, which will hopefully be done by midweek.

we’re (almost) back!

July 17, 2008 at 7:08 am | Posted in bulgaria, london | 1 Comment

by sandra.

frank and i are flying home today from london and we are VERY excited.  there’s something about traveling in a second-world country for three weeks that makes you appreciate the small things, such as:

-family and friends.

-everyone speaking and writing english.

-our comfy bed with lots of pillows and blankets.

-showers with walls/curtain so that they don’t spray water all over the bathroom.

-cooking our own food.

-starbucks.

-sequoia trees.

-fred meyer.

-portland beer, cheddar cheese, thai food, and sushi.

-free washing machine and dryer.

-order and consistency (right, george?).

-air conditioning.

-being able to drive with cheap gas.

bulgaria: veliko tarnovo

July 16, 2008 at 5:48 pm | Posted in adventures, bulgaria | Leave a comment

by sandra.

we’re a little behind on our posts about the remainder of our trip, but are hoping to catch up shortly after we return to the states. frank also has plans to add additional pictures and video to this blog so continue checking in if you’d like to read more about our trip to bulgaria. of course we’ll continue posting after we get home too — but so far our only plans are sleeping in, cooking, and maybe going camping.

after exploring nessebar, frank and i were planning on spending some time in another coastal city, varna. however, when we arrived in varna we were very lost, hungry, hot, and overwhelmed, and thus decided to head on to veliko tarnovo instead. i’m really glad we changed our plans because we enjoyed the extra time relaxing in veliko tarnovo.

veliko tarnovo is the former capital of bulgaria and is known as its cultural center. the city is quite impressive, having been built on a steep hillside overlooking a small river. (if you look our the back window of many of the buildings you will just see rock). while there frank and i spent most of our time relaxing, walking around town, and eating. we were also lucky enough to reconnect and stay with kirsten, a friend of frank’s from his time in the peace corps. we really appreciated the chill environment she’s created at her hostel, and enjoyed our time drinking and eating CHINESE FOOD with her (can you tell that we were excited about the chinese food?)

veliko tarnovo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2657178231/

we did manage to complete a few touristy things while we were in town, though. the main attraction in veliko tarnovo is tsaravets, the ruins (and reconstruction) of a medieval fortress, castle, and church. after seeing the tower of london we weren’t too impressed but did enjoy the view, climbing the towers, and the light show.

the old palace and church on top of the hill: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2657178195/

tsaravets’ palace waving the bulgarian flag: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2655822359/

tsaravets with veliko tarnovo behind (if you look closely you can see the lights for the light show): http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2655822231/

another day frank and i took a walk to a HUGE statue and art museum located on an island just below the town. there are a TON of statues throughout bulgaria from communist times, but “the four horsemen” is one of our favorites.

the statue: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2657178221/

the statue with me next to it (see how big it is?): http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2657178209/

lastly, frank and i rented a car and drove to etara, a living history complex that shows what daily life was like during bulgarian national revival. i think that was the time between when they were conquered by the ottoman turks and communism (but i could be totally wrong). this was my favorite day in bulgaria and deserves a post of its own — coming soon!

for more photos, check out our flickr photostream:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/

Ugly Americans

July 16, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Posted in adventures, bulgaria, london, rants | 2 Comments

By Frank

Americans suck. Really. Everywhere we go. If there is a loud, obnoxious group of people snorting, laughing, screaming, talking about inane matters, talking about partying until they throw up or pass out, well they are probably Americans. Ugly, loud, annoying Americans ruining our reputation abroad.

It happened on our first visit to London a month ago; we were at the Tower of London cafe and some middle aged southern women were making such a raucous that they had everyone’s attention, including ours, especially since they were at the table right next to us. Older Brittish ladies all the way across the massive hall were shaking their heads in disdain.

In a small museum village’s cafe in Bulgaria, we encountered an American woman, her kid, a Bulgarian woman and her kid who had lived in Florida. Loud. Obnoxious. Attracting attention.

And just now at a pub on the River Thames we had the misfortune of having young Texans, who had just graduated from college, sit down in the table next to us. Talking about getting wasted. Talking big and loud. Embarrassing. Annoying.

If you travel abroad, think about how others percieve you. If everyone is staring at you at a cafe or restaurant, it might be a clue that you are being obnoxious.

Cut it out.

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