Cambridge Spring

Sunny, hot, summer-springtime, April in Cambridge. I had forgotten what it felt like to be warm, to walk freely sans rain coat or weighed down by boots and layers.  So rare, and so wonderful. We had cocktails on the Varsity roof deck to celebrate. 

Skopje

Skopje, Macedonia, is known as Europe's "capital of kitsch," recognizable by it's overwhelming and apparently random assortment of statues scattered across all streets in the city. There's the giant "Man on a Horse" in the square (obviously, though not publicly for political reasons, Alexander the Great); there's the small man with oversized shoes in the [...]

Mavrovo

Macedonia, getting here was an adventure in and of itself. Renting the car, crossing the border, having no cash, no phone, no knowledge of the language. And yet, we made it here. First to Skopje to settle and then out here to really explore the next day.  Here, Mavrovo, a national park on the western [...]

Rila Monastery

One hour and forty minutes outside of Sofia, Rila Monastery. A gem in the mountains. The pictures online are beautiful. I'm not sure what word to use to describe the reality, because it was more than that.  Driving to Rila, first of all, transports you to another world completely. It's not that the nature itself [...]