Snaps & Blabs 101
Who am I?
I grew up in Bulgaria, escaped to Africa, and then luck took me to Australia, where I met a wonderful American and we settled and created three children to keep us company. More about me.
Who is Mr.Blab and Miss… something?
He is the above mentioned American.
Then follows the company:
Miss Fab is our first born daughter.
Little B is the second, cementing the “girls rule” motto around here.
The Dod, Dodman, Caramel Popcorn… is the son that surprised us, and to Mr.Blab’s disappointment, has done nothing to budge the female dominance of the castle. In fact, he may have even helped us (I hear Mr.Blab crying quietly in the corner).
The story of this blog, starts rather boring, like the vast majority of other personal blogs – I wanted a place to share with friends and family things that were happening in my life. This is where the boring part ends, because the thing that I wanted to share, was an around the world trip I made when I was 5-7 months pregnant with my third child.
A very special friend of mine was getting married in Bulgaria. I just could not miss it. Mr.Blab suggested I make a full circle of the world and I took the idea and ran with it.
Not long after my plans started shaping up, I found out I was pregnant. Despite various warnings and worries from well meaning family, there was no change of plans and at 5 months pregnant I set off on my lonely, in a good way,Â 7 week adventure, visiting a lot of the places I hadnt had the chance to see in my previous travels.
After my trip, the blog took a different turn and following the birth of my son (the Dod, Dodman etc.) it was more of a gushing volcano of love for my newborn. After all that emotion settled, the place found its comfortable nook in recording the daily life with my loved ones – creativity, handmade projects, food pleasures (because I am a glutton), and the bursts of philosophical rants thoughts I have on various subjects.
Until we made the decision to sell off most of our possessions, put the rest in storage, and take the kids on a year long around the world life of nomads.
And this is where you are joining us in. Now you are up to date and there is no reason why you cant stick around and join in my blabbering corner of the net. I would love to hear from you, unless you are a spammer, then bugger off.
We are looking forward to coming on a virtual trip around the world with you, from the security of the sofa and the iPad. Good luck and Bon voyage you brave and inspiring souls. X
Me again. (-:
OK after my last 2 posts, I can’t believe my karma – that you are 1.) born again, and 2.) a home birther. Despite being pumped full of epidurals and giving birth in the hospital, I admire (and probably envy) homebirthers. If only I had the courage…anyway, my hat’s off to you.
I’m a big fan of travel with children, I love Australia and have loads of relatives there (my dad was from NZ). Anyway I’m going to follow you on your travels. (-:
Haha, ok, I am a born-again-homebirther, I am afraid not much religion can be found in me otherwise ;)
The world IS a small place. Have you been to Australia or NZ? I hope I can make it to NZ one day myself.
Its a pleasure having you.
Just got to your blog – how pathetic! Missing you guys like crazy but am very pleased that all is well. Great choice of photo for the home page – knew it would come. You have no idea how great it is that you allow us to travel with you guys around the world. A little piece of paradise on the web – who would have thought. Just like you, the blog is tranquil, inviting and thought provoking. You are an inspiration to me personally, my friend. Love to all.
Luiza, I miss you all too! Maybe we can see each other sooner than expected ;) wink…wink..crossing fingers
Don’t forget to checkout night markets in most Malaysian Towns and Cities I think you
would like them, but be street smart please, you know what i mean ?
Sasha, thank you. We have been going to all the markets we can and they are quite fun. Too bad we have no kitchen most of the time to take advantage of all the produce.
I have always been excited about world travel, never know when it will star for me, but I will do it one day. I was looking around the net for people who have been travelling and blogging about it, so that I can keep my travel spirits alive and not let it die in the back of my mind, and thats when google brought me to this site. I really like what I see, I am interested in photography as well, so there was an instant connect, coz all the photos in your site looks really good, not to mention the panda, that look put a full stop to my search for the day and I was reading away. I wish you all the very best on the journey.You are living a million peoples dream. I am a new fan, who will be trailing your blog on a daily basis from now.
John, thank you so much for taking the time to write such kind words to me. If there is anything here that you find will keep your dream alive, I am humbled.
Looking forward to your company.
There are a million things here, and I am sure a million more to come that will keep me in my spirits and make me start that journey if not today, in the near future (read 2-3 years from now). Thanks to you I’m now also reading the blogs, The Dropout and With 2 Kids in Tow. I love the way you write. Its simple and I can relate. Its a new day, new joy, new adventure awaits, Good Morning, God Bless.
Ah HA! What luck! I’m SO glad to come across your page, a great read! Plus a few things in common – I’m American, living in Bulgaria, married to a Bulgarian whom I met in America. We’ve been here almost four yrs but with kids aged 3 and 6, are now considering new travel plans PLUS unschooling/worldschooling/free-learning. So it was practically magical and obviously great to find you (thru my friend Mary, in Costa Rica actually – but by way of FB Families on the Move – your post /link to blog pic about baby carriers/Cambodian scarf, today. So much info coming at you (and me) all at once. And just when I need it. Will be with you on this journey from here on out, thanks for doing this. Love your style.
Stacey, how nice to have you around. I would be so interested in chatting with you once we get to Bulgaria. I would love to hear how it looks from a foreigner’s perspective.
Oooh, yay, you’re coming here! I can’t wait. But I will try. Meanwhile I will read on.
hello, kindred spirit! just started reading… looking forward to taking it all in! i’ve dreamed of doing this for a while now, with my husband + 3 kids as well… working out logistics & finding the courage to take the leap:) hope it’s beautiful & you are happy wherever you are in the world today! thanks for sharing your story!
Welcome to my little nook and I hope somehow my journey helps you to clarify yours. Thank you for taking the time to warm up my day.
How inspiring to read all your adventures! we are hoping to set off with our troop of 3 kids next Jan ;o) You have a great eye when it comes to photography – do you mind me asking what type of camera you have and lenses? i have a dusty old canon EOS SLR – non digital – it is not going to cut the mustard now! (it did fine in my back packing days…..10 years ago++!!
any tips would be gratefully received ;o)
I stopped by your fb page!
I’m a 3rd culture kid, married to another 3rd culture kid and we are planning on raising a second generation of 3rd culture’rs.
How do you pay for your adventure?
And – are you planning on “settling”, or is this a forever-trip? Or just one year?
Welcome, Meriah. Sounds like you have a similar mixing of cultures as us, which is a very fertile ground for adventures of all kind.
We are spending our savings, while I am hoping to think of a way to make money while traveling. Since the likelihood of that happening is tiny, we will have to settle before the money runs out. For now the trip will have to end by the end of the year. We will see what happens.
Ahhhh what an adventure! We’ve seen a few couples backpacking around with a baby on our own travels but to travel long term around the world with three kids… and nearly at the two year mark: just amazing! Also, your photos are absolutely stunning.