I Moved From the U.S.A. to Europe
Usually you hear about people from Europe moving to the USA, however, I did the opposite. As you may have found out from my previous blog post, I moved to Bulgaria recently and today I am going to tell you why I did it along with how it’s going so far! Brace yourself for a little bit of storytime!
Why I Moved to Bulgaria
I figured that I would start by answering the question most of you are wondering – why I did it.
Let’s back up to October 2016. I was halfway through my 1st semester of my senior year in college when I decided that I wanted to study abroad in Europe. Fast forward to January 2017 – I actually did it. While I was in Europe, something in my mind just clicked. I had been to Europe so many times before, but I had a feeling like I belonged there. I didn’t want to leave and once I got home I was eager to go back.
In September of 2017, I went on a 5-week vacation to Europe with my family (mainly my dad since my mom, brother, and sister only accompanied us for a week). This Euro-trip included traveling to Bulgaria, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, and Slovakia. This was my first time coming to Bulgaria in 5 years and I realized what I had been missing – and it wasn’t just the food. I fell in love all over again with the culture, the people, the views, the lifestyle, and so much more. All in all, the vibe was different and I liked it.
Once I got back, I continued working at a job that I knew I didn’t want to keep long-term. Nothing against it, but it just wasn’t a practical thing for me. I was looking for something that I would love doing every day (like traveling) and I couldn’t find it. One day in January 2018 my mom asked me “Why don’t you look for a job in Bulgaria?” and I didn’t think it was a bad idea to see what I could find – if anything. I searched and I emailed companies taking a shot in the dark and not expecting much to happen at all. I got some replies, though still didn’t think much about it.
During this time, I planned a trip with my dad to go back to Bulgaria to watch Ludogorets (the futbol team from Razgrad) play in UEFA Europa League against Milan, Italy AND “potentially find a job”. I went to a couple of interviews and left after a month back to the U.S. It turns out that I ended up getting a job offer from a company in Bulgaria which I accepted and in 4 weeks’ time, I had packed 2 suitcases and left America in April of 2018. Crazy, right? I still can’t believe that I did it.
How It’s Been the Past Few Months
I have family and a lot of family-friends still in Bulgaria which made my transition a lot easier. It was super hard in the beginning – being away from my twin sister, my dog, my immediate family, friends, etc. I did, however, have a feeling deep down that I did the right thing. It was something that I just HAD to experience for myself.
What’s really funny is how my mom pushed me and my sister to study in Bulgaria at the American University in Blagoevgrad before I started my freshman year of college in America. I had lifelong friendships that I didn’t want to leave behind, and I was simply against it 100%. I absolutely loved my college experience in America, but I do wonder where I would be today if I did study here for undergrad.
I’ve met some incredibly amazing people – who are now my friends – made awesome memories and continuing to do so, and more. I am making it work and I honestly haven’t been happier with my life, even though I am missing some key components. I live by the beach where I spend almost every day of the summer, I get to experience European culture every day, and while it’s not Italy or Spain – it is a step in the right direction. My dream isn’t necessarily to live in Bulgaria, but I do want to live in Europe so I figured it would be a good place to get my feet wet.
My dream is to travel and to explore new places. Living in Europe gives me so much more opportunity to do that because of how much cheaper travel is and how much closer everything is. Bulgaria was just the easiest place to start because it was familiar. I know the language, I’ve been here many times, and I have some kind of family-contacts in the country, even though all of them are not in the same city as me.
Only Time Will Tell What Will Happen Next
I can’t say how long I will be here, but I can say that I am loving it. My whole idea was that if I don’t like it, I can always go back which is the beauty of being a dual-citizen.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or want to know more!