Monthly Archives: August 2013

Flash Through Western Europe: Fun, Family, and Friends

Two months ago, Tim and I wrapped up our Latin Amer­ica leg of the jour­ney and set off to con­quer West­ern Europe in what was to be a lovely three week jaunt through some of the major cities between Madrid and Berlin before head­ing to our planned des­ti­na­tion of Greece.  We met loads of peo­ple, caught up with fam­ily and friends, and most of all, got to expe­ri­ence the ubiq­ui­tous “Eurotrip” in high sea­son summer.

Flights and accom­mo­da­tion, as we found out, can be much more expen­sive than it needs to be if not planned in advance. So, as much as pos­si­ble we came up with an itin­er­ary and travel route:


Madrid (2 nights) -> Paris (5 nights) -> Bel­gium (3 nights) -> Ams­ter­dam (4 nights) -> Berlin (2 nights)

360 view of Abandoned UFO-Like Soviet Era Monument: Buzludzha

Our trip to see one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful aban­doned places here in Bul­garia deserves a bit more ded­i­ca­tion than I have the energy to devote  tonight, but here is a glimpse of what we saw.  It’s a build­ing that resem­bles a UFO, which is com­pletely aban­doned and looted right down to the cop­per wires that once pro­vided elec­tric­ity to the place.  What’s left is the skele­ton of a con­fer­ence hall along with mosaics made from rocks. Included in the images are impor­tant fig­ures of Bul­gar­ian Com­mu­nist Party of the era, the fathers of Soviet com­mu­nism, the all impor­tant work­ers, among other impor­tant sym­bols.  More on this later.


Team Canada @ Deafolympics 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria

It was not long after arriv­ing to Sofia when we noticed there was an unusual amount of peo­ple using sign lan­guage around town. Turns out the Deaf­olympics was hap­pen­ing this week and we attended the clos­ing cer­e­mony yesterday.