A venit si vremea mutarii blogului.
It’s time for moving my blog.
Stelute mii !!
A venit si vremea mutarii blogului.
It’s time for moving my blog.
Stelute mii !!
They say it’s the most exciting time of a woman’s life. Nothing you will ever experience in your life is similar to growing a tiny human inside you for nine months. “Enjoy every moment”, they say.
This was supposed to be an ordinary pregnancy journal, you know, the one where for 41 weeks you just write whatever symptoms you have, how big is the baby, if you puked that day or not, why didn’t you and so on.
I did start off by having an ordinary pregnancy. I did pass through the “terrifying” First Trimester where I was tired, I had an awful morning sickness, I was irritated and always annoyed by my husband.
It was the time we decided to move to Germany so we took everything and went there. The cravings started, my boobs exploded, my appetite for food was never that huge and I was as happy as I could be, with my hopes of a fresh start.
It wasn’t meant to be.
Not even mid pregnancy I found out my dad had brain tumor and not much time was left.
I spent one week in Germany. One last week of sleeping without feeling the sweat of death on my forehead.
I went back to Romania by myself, leaving my husband to give a chance to that life we were about to start, not knowing that it was doomed the moment we took the airplane towards Germany, but my sense of guilt didn’t let me take other decision.
My second trimester of pregnancy was a nightmare.
I spent every single day in different hospitals, talking with tens of doctors, changing fates from a minute to another, making up lies and stories to comfort my dying father who sometimes didn’t even know who I was, always trying to avoid conversations with the dead he was surrounded by in his stolen mind.
The most awful type of brain tumor with no cure that spread in all his body. He died after two months of great pain, mixed blurred memories or no memories at all sometimes, just a dark and deadly imagination.
How was I doing? I wasn’t sleeping, taking shifts at night with mom to guard him while he was still walking; he used to turn on the water and leave, light up a cigarette and leave, or not remember how to use a knife and hurt himself. I was lifting and that is a no no in a pregnancy. I had to lift dad when he was unable to walk anymore. I wasn’t eating because the food had become something that my body rejected, nothing was appealing at this time. I smoked. Out of rage and anger and despair. I suffered from intense stress. There was not even a day passing by without any crying.
I buried my father imagining how I’m going to hold my daughter in few months. This was the only thing keeping me strong.
So here we are, third trimester. Ninth month to be exact. Moved to Bulgaria, prepared and bought everything the baby needed, got married, started to walk very slow and to get tired at every step, got stomach burns and nose blocks and my fear of giving birth kept getting bigger and bigger.
Seemed like all the anger, frustration and pain I was gathering went in some bubble and got expelled once I gave birth to my little miracle.
My angel to whom I have to thank for staying with me until the end and didn’t get lost somewhere on the way. We did it together, for this I am sure. I couldn’t have stayed sane without her.
So that’s my pregnancy story.
Had a happy ending after all.
I had a serious cold, I remember going everyday at the pharmacy for teas, sucking pills and aspirin. I was also coughing very bad. Very loud.
I thought my period is late because of the cold, but five days already…
And smoking like crazy, I didn’t care if I’m coughing, I liked to smoke. Couldn’t breathe properly but oh, that specific taste …
I still looked out of curiosity what are the first symptoms of pregnancy although I had period symptoms but that damn thing wouldn’t come.
“Better do a test than read stupidities on the internet”
I’ll just wait three more days. I read on the Internet that you should wait a week and then if Santa Claus didn’t come… do the test.
“So if it.s gonna be positive, it.s a good thing right?”
“Stoyan is kinda happy although is not the perfect time”
She said not to think about this now. She’s my best friend, my partner in crime, my soul mate, my Earth when my head is in the clouds, my eyes when my feet are wondering lost, my heart beat when I close my eyes. She has a little princess, a gorgeous baby girl.
We started making plans about the two babies, mine and hers. Cute plans, like they’re gonna be cousins, no! lovers, yours is gonna be a boy, not a girl.
Couple of days later, I sent her a message in which I was panicking like Hell. I was crying in my bed, I don’t know why, happiness, sadness, both, nothing had happened, it was just the thought that I would love to have a baby, but am I ready? Nobody tells you this, I always imagined that when you get pregnant you kind of figured out everything and all the puzzles are almost put together, all you need is to conceive.
I had my puzzle, it was spread on the floor with all its pieces mixed up.
This is not the best moment, will I be able to offer this baby what he needs? Will I get a job after I give birth? Will I even make it through these 9 months to carry the pregnancy to the end? I was so scared. I was scared to death.
I started feeling guilty that I’m still smoking and I’m hurting the baby, how will I stop? And this was more terrifying as I was lighting up a cigarette.
Will I have money for clothes and food and pampers and toys and kindergarten and school and books… oh my God, the hospital. I heard how much money you need to spend for the whole delivery thing. Will it be cheaper if I give birth at home with my mom? No, better with Stoyans mom, she took care of her other grandson.
Then I told her “Actually, I wanted to tell you we’re going to buy the pregnancy test today.”
So long story short, I did the test, two lines showed up, I hugged and congratulated my hubby and told our parents.
All the drama before was nothing, now I’m 5 months pregnant and everything is going well. Overwhelming, but funny changes are going on every single day from now on. Don.t worry at all for anything and just take this step by step.
Skagway is known as the Garden City of Alaska thanks to its blooming flowers in summer. Almost 1 million tourists visit this small town which has fewer than 1000 residents year-round. The Chilkoots and Chilkats were hunting and fishing here until 1896, when gold was discovered 600 miles away in the Yukon.
Why will you be amazed with the sights in and around Skagway?
– Chilkoot Trail, a 33 mile trek, will take you on hiking adventures to explore Alaska’s wilderness. The trail is enjoyed by thousands each year. It’s a three to six days trip and it retraces the route traveled by the gold seekers. What’s most valuable about this place is that it’s bringing you face to face with the relics they left behind.
– White Pass and Youkon Route offers an unforgettable ride through the coastal mountains. It’s a unique way to view the history of the region. I’ve done it twice myself and I can assure you it’s spectacular! This is Alaska’s most popular shore excursion.
– Glaciar Bay, the most impressive glacier in the area with some of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Book a flight seeing tour that is 90 minutes average. Looking to add some excitement? Take the helicopter tour, land on the glaciers and touch the hundred year old ice with you own hands.
– Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park was authorized in 1976 and interprets the history of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898. It protects the historic buildings and trails of the Gold Rush era.
Other adventure tours…
Raft trips, bicycle tours, guided hike to the glaciers or boat charters for sightseers or sport fishing for halibut and salmon.
And even if I’ll have to repeat myself… Alaska’s people are the most friendly ones on Earth!
When I first arrived in Juneau, I saw this description in a local magazine.
“More wildlife than people.
More miles of trails than miles of roads.
More glaciers than you can see in a day. “
You can say about Juneau that is one of the largest wilderness areas in the United States.
Surrounded by intercoastal waterways, dense rainforests, inspiring glaciers and wildflower-filled alpine meadows, it’s like no other place on Earth!
Whether you choose hiking and biking (over 250 miles of trails destined for nature walks to uphill treks), kayaking, rafting, surfing, paddle-boarding, flightseeing, exploring historic downtown, whale watching, dog sledging, ziplining, fishing or having a sample of the award winning craft beer at the Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau is all about adventure.
Not to be missed!
Ps. regarding the weather in Juneau, layers are key: wear a light short/long sleeved shirt and a pull-over or sweater for warmth, with a waterproof outer layer. Mandatory: waterproof footwear.
When you’re far away from friends, distance can be your biggest enemy. After a small fight with one of my best friends over the fact that there is no time to talk, or conversations are not the same when we are not next to each other, or you get too busy with your daily life in the other part of the world that you let go of the friend that is far away from you.
So I was wondering what to do to keep things like they used to be before. It doesn’t seem fair to let this cold distance take away the time we took to build these amazing relationships, these memories. I want to know everything my friends are doing; What is new, what stressed them out, what made them feel emotional during the day, what problems they had at work, what new haircut they have, what new dessert they learned how to make and the list can go on.
And I’m sure most of you can relate to this scenario: You wake up in the morning, go to work and feel the stress there, come home and have to cook and care for the child/wife/husband and if you have some extra hobbies, there is no time left for anything else, even 5 minutes are precious and you think that if you start a conversation at that time it will take you forever and there will be no time to rest, especially when you have to do everything all over again the next day.
That’s when I came up with the idea of the 3 most important things of the day, the long distance relationship game. Every evening before going to bed I write to my best friends three things worth mentioning of what I’ve been doing that day. You tell me, I tell you. If at first it felt like a stupid childish game and I had to literally force them to write something, now they are the first ones to write about this and it seems that they are excited to talk about it.
The funny thing about this game is that it can engage into conversations 🙂 So even if you are tired or moody, you’ll still find time for writing those 3 things you did that day and comment on the things your friend wrote. This is how you keep in touch on a daily basis in a long distance relationship.
Hope you like the idea, it’s really working. Now I don’t “stalk” my friends anymore, they’re giving the information themselves 😛
Picture taken from here.
Besides being thankful that I’m healthy, me and my parents both, and that I have money to buy stuff from the market, here are 7 things that I am thankful for:
1. Double D’s – next to which the days turned into nights, Fridays turned into whole weekends, dreams became adventures, boring trips outside the city became life and death exploring games. I am thankful and cherish the memories we have together. At this time, they’re a happy family living in Romania and me with hubby here in Bulgaria so… not that many crazy times coming soon.
2. Good friends – even if there’s are like… 5 of them, they mean the world to me. Wouldn’t have gotten anywhere in this life without them
3. Working on the ships – with all the bad experiences (and trust me, they were plenty!) at some point in my life, all the paths lead to this one, me starting another life experience faaaaar far away form home. The stars and the Universe aligned in such a way that the preparations and beginning of this journey were flawless, no obstacles whatsoever.
4. My future husband – which I met on the ships, another magical coincidence of the unknown. Since day one we were always together. It’s so good to travel the world with your best friend. And I’m thankful for all the morning coffees he’s preparing me.
5. Starting to learn German – and I’m saying “starting” because for some reason it seems insane. So thankful because I had the courage to begin the course. Fingers crossed to finish it 🙂
6. Having a completely nuts brother – when my whole childhood was about “don’t do this”, “don’t do that”, he always came and said “DO IT.” There it was. My hero.
7. X-Files Season 10 – Just don’t stop after only 6 episodes…
Now your turn.
What are you thankful for?
Haines is situated at the upper end of North America’s longest and deepest fjord.
The Tlingit Indians, whose legends speak of migrations from the north, were first to arrive in the Chilkat Valley, home of the Chilkat and Chilkoot tribes. Known for their arts and crafts, their traditions are still recognized and practiced today, like wood carving or story telling.
It grew as a mining supply center during the Klondike Gold Rush.
It is home to the one of the highest concentration of Bald Eagles in North America and it also gives the opportunity to see brown and black bears.
Not to miss in Haines:
* Alaska Indian Arts Center – who offers a daily cultural history and is known for developing the totem pole carving in the area
* Chilkat River Adventure – go for a jet boat tour into the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
* Hiking Trails – … well, Haines is for hikers 😉
* Outdoor Barbecue – camp with friends and share fresh grilled salmon after a day of fishing.
Find out more here: VisitHaines.com
Ketchikan, also known as the salmon capital of the world, has a population of over 8000 people. Every summer the city is hosting almost 1 million tourists, mostly from the cruise chips.
Things not to miss in Ketchikan:
* The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show – a popular tourist attraction that has skilled performers in activities like log-rolling and tree climbing.
* Totem Heritage Center – with it’s collection of 19th century totem poles being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
* Blueberry Arts Festival – where thousands of residents and visitors gather for blueberry-themed events like blueberry lunch, slug race, pie-eating contest, beard and mustache contest or battle of the bands. What’s more cute about this festival its that it concludes with a fishermen’s poetry slam and Gigglefeet Dance Festival on the last day.
* The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center – highlights the Tongass National Forrest and Misty Fjords National Monument, both of which cover most of the southern Southeast Alaska.
Fun place to visit and amazing people to meet.
If I haven’t told you until now, my second favorite place (except Europe) is Alaska.
Not only the beautiful landscapes that I caught your attention with, but also the healthy air, the clean streets, the people, the wildlife and the unique activities like whale watching, hiking and backpacking experiences, walking on the glaciers or just enjoying the Alaskan craft beer.
But going back to the bears… They have been in Alaska for centuries. A lot of the bears live here but surprisingly very few people ever see bears; even fewer people are ever threatened by a bear. This is because most bears tend to avoid people.
Bears are curious, intelligent and potentially dangerous to other animals, but when people are unreasonably fearful, both bears and people are endangered.
If you choose to go hiking in the mountains of Alaska, you also choose to risk the possibility of encountering a bear. To reduce these chances, follow these simple advices:
* stay on the trail and in groups.
* do not leave your pack unattended at any point along the trail.
* when ready to leave camp, take a visual sweep to ensure that no garbage food or personal belongings are left behind for bears.
* hiking at dawn may increase your chances of meeting a bear. Use extra caution in bushy areas, berry patches or where trails round a bend.
* bears have extremely good hearing so be loud and make a variety of noises.
* usually, bears will not approach a group around a campfire, but if it’s sensing the smell of food or garbage they may come while campers are sleeping. Cook away from your tent and keep a clean camp packing all your garbage.
* if you do see a bear, talk to it calmly and remain still; help the bear recognize you. If he doesn’t and he comes closer to sniff your odor, he is usually curious, not threatening.
* never imitate bear sounds or do high-pitches sounds, never scream or make a sudden movement; these may trigger an attack.
* back away slowly if the bear is not moving. Never run or climb trees, they will win in both.
* if you are attacked by a grizzly or a brown bear, leave your pack and PLAY DEAD. Spread your legs to make it hard for the bear to turn you over. Remain still until the bear leaves the area. If he starts eating you, hit the bear in the face with whatever you have at hand.
* if you are attacked by a black bear, DO NOT PLAY DEAD. Try to escape to a secure place such as a car or a building. If this is not possible, fight back using anything available aiming at the bears face.
Most bear encounters end without injury, BUT each of those encounters are unique and there is no single strategy that will work in all situations.
Your safety depends on how good you are in calming the bear 🙂