Daydream of the Week: Sunny Beach Bulgaria

Bulgarian holidays Sunny BeachAfter an almost two-week vacation, I’ve hit the ground running in Vegas. I walked the red carpet with Heather Graham for Vegas magazine‘s ten-year anniversary party, honoring Heather and her work in the Sin City classic, Hangover 3. The next day kicked off UnCork’d, my town’s biggest food event of the year, which had me racing around day and night, eating good food, meeting new people, and catching up with old friends. Not that I’m complaining, but the Frenchies eat late: Dinner at Joel Robuchon finally wrapped up at 2 am Sunday night, sending me into an exhausting work week. Just another week of living in Las Vegas! Now I’m on my way to Napa for some work meetings, a grand opening — and some fun. This whirlwind reminds me of my pre-Vegas trip, which started off in Istanbul and sent my dear friend Diana of D Travels Round and I on the best of Bulgarian holidays, including a stop in the party town Sunny Beach, shown here. The white sand and soft light of early morning, my favorite time on the beach, doesn’t even hint at the chaos that hits that town every night. Like this photograph, that vacation was the calm before the storm: After that dream trip, I would land back in my imperfect paradise that was Coco, Costa Rica for exactly one day (who has time for jet-lag?) to pack up my one year there into what I could carry on the plane and head to Vegas for a new job.

Who needs sleep? Like I always say, it’s a jungle out there!

My favorite photos of 2010: “best of” my travels

Although I spent most of my year or so abroad living as an expat in Costa Rica, I did squeeze in a few trips. I’ve included photos from my favorite ones here. (Admittedly, I cheated and included a few pics from 2009. I didn’t have a blog then, ok?) In my efforts to get more comfortable with giving my (not technically advanced) photos more attention, here are my favorite travel photos of the year. While I did include a few sweeping beach shots (I couldn’t help myself), I was more interested in images I took that were meaningful to my particular trip. For example, Jorge here became our guide in Granada, Nicaragua. When we invited him to breakfast, he ran to the bathroom to wet and slick back his hair. It was so endearing!

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My favorite photos of 2010: “best of” signs

I wish I’d taken more photos of funny signs. Oh, I’m kicking myself for leaving Coco before snapping a pic of the famous “phishing” guidepost! Anyway, here are just a few of my favorites from last year. A quick post before my mongo-sized travel and Costa Rica ones!

“Some of our wares are different; the rest are the same ‘ol stuff you see anywhere else” … On Coco’s main drag. And it’s misspelled to boot. Continue Reading »»