February 2017: Adventures & Expenses

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What I Got Up To

For such a short month, February was packed. I wrapped up my visit to Amsterdam, set up a home base in Sofia, and spent a week exploring Budapest.

Pic of the Month

My most popular photo on Instagram was this one of the Danube river bank in Budapest:

On Facebook, it was this pic of the Chain Bridge leading to St. Stephen’s Basilica:

Places Visited

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Budapest, Hungary


Valentine's Dessert at 33 Gastronauts
Valentine’s Dessert at 33 Gastronauts
  • Relaxing completely at the Gellert Spa in Budapest

  • Getting pampered at the UPI Salon in Sofia (hr massage + gel manicure + pedicure + waxing = $77 USD = heaven)
  • Eating all the delicious food in Budapest: goulash, savory chicken soup, stuffed cabbage, langos (fried flatbread covered in cheese and sour cream), cinammon-sugary chimney cakes (Kürtőskalács), and pastries filled with strawberry jam and cottage cheese.
Yum Yum Yum
Yum Yum Yum
  • Seeing the preserved hand of St. Stephen in St. Stephen’s Basilica
The relic of St. Stephen at St. Stephen's Basilica
The relic of St. Stephen at St. Stephen’s Basilica
  • Checking out the old communist statues in Memento Park
  • Cruising the Danube at Night


You know it’s a good month when the only thing that sucked was terrible internet access.


My most popular post in February was this great round-up my friends put together Explore Atlanta like a Local: 17 Things to Do in the ATL

Other February posts:

Travels with Lucy

This month, Lucy only had to make one flight – from Amsterdam to Sofia. Since then, she’s settled into apartment life in Bulgaria nicely. I think she missed me while I was in Budapest, but I’m happy she’s gotten to really feel at home here.

Lucy is happy in her new apartment
Lucy is happy in her new apartment

February by the Numbers

  • Steps:  141K
  • Bottles of Bulgarian Wine: 7
  • Spa Visits: 4
  • Coffee Shops: 4
  • Airports: 3
  • Countries:  3
  • H&M Visits:  3
  • Ikea Visits: 3
  • Beds: 3
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 2
  • Mexican Restaurants: 1


I got lazy keeping track of my expenses this month (back to it next month).

My Favorite Pic

Grabbing this photo at the perfect moment on Valentine’s day was awesome.

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Love on the Streets of Sofia

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What’s Next?

This month I have a quick trip to Macedonia planned, then I’m spending two weeks in Israel and Jordan.  I’ve also got a few Bulgarian adventures in the works, including a day trip to Plovdiv this weekend.


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You can check out earlier month’s adventure and expenses here


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February 2017: Adventures & Expenses
February 2017: Adventures & Expenses

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