Valentine’s Day in Bulgaria

We did Valentine’s Day a little bit differently this year.  We traveled to Bansko, Bulgaria, a popular ski resort town, for a weekend of fun with a group of friends.

Traditionally, JR and I make lasagna (truth, he normally makes it) and we watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  The first time we celebrated Valentine’s Day, we’d been together for about 4 months.  JR was not so much into making things official, so no girlfriend title had been bestowed upon me.   When he talked to his family about me, he was very casual and didn’t provide many details.  In fact, one of the only things he shared with them was that my favorite movie was Crossroads (not entirely true, but I do love that movie) and I’d never seen Lord of the Rings, so he didn’t see us staying together for very long (muahahha, little did he know!)

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Anyway, back to present day.   We got up Friday morning and picked up our friend Katie to make the drive to Bulgaria.  JR and I are always excited to add a new country to our list.  We only had a few problems with directions, and we only made two stops (this was a real feat considering Katie and I are both pregnant).

Stopped for food
pit stop

The drive there took about 6 hours.  We had lunch and then napped before meeting up with everyone else for dinner and drinks.  The next day, JR treated me to some quality time at the spa – I had a relaxing massage and facial.   We rode the gondola up to the top of the mountain to check out the view, which was beautiful. Even though we were at a ski resort, neither of us skied. Obviously, I couldn’t, and I’m not sure if JR chose to sit out in solidarity, or because these mountains looked a bit different than any ski resorts in Ohio.

view

Gondola ride up. Only the top of the mountain and the ski slopes had snow.
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view 2

view 3

I had no idea paraskiing was a thing – looked terrifying!
paraskiing

Saturday night we had a big group dinner, complete with a birthday surprise for Katia!
birthday

We drove back on Sunday and didn’t get lost once. It was a really fun weekend and very cool to visit a new place.

2 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day in Bulgaria

  1. Until I saw the picture, I misunderstood which Katie you were talking about being pregnant … my eyes almost bugged out of my head, like in the cartoons, until I saw the picture and realized who you meant!

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