This afternoon we have to leave Hilton Head for the drudgery of home. We’ve had a great week of doing absolutely nothing! Hanging out at the beach, reading by the pool, and eating lots of seafood (and ice cream). Probably the first vacation we’ve had where I wasn’t itching to get home after a few days. It’s also the last vacation we’ll have as just the two of us – though I can’t wait to take our baby along on the next one!
I think this is the first blog entry I’ve ever done outside of the U.S. – I’m currently in Bulgaria waiting for my site updates to upload. Reminds me of my first internet dial-up connection way back in college; though not quite as flaky, thankfully. Just SLOOOOOOWWWWW.
It’s pretty interesting being in a country where no one speaks English natively. Most of the people can speak enough English to understand me, but simply ordering “Chicken McNuggets and a Coca-Cola” at McDonalds (yes, they’re here as well) took a bit of time. But eventually I got my food, and they didn’t rip me off with the change. 🙂
Strangely enough, McDonalds has probably been the healthiest thing I’ve eaten so far… most of the native food is very heavy and greasy, and pretty bland as well. I did have a meal at the cafe next to the hotel that had some broccoli and peas in it; I though I was ordering fried shrimp and mashed potatoes, but neither were in the dish they brought me. The menu was printed in English, but the translation left something to be desired.
In general, things are less expensive here – their currency (the Leva) is worth approximately $.63, and gas here, for example, is 1,89 leva a gallon (A little over $1 US). I don’t think it would be worth the 8,000 mile drive to fill up though.
Anyway, I have some pictures, but no time to upload them at the moment…
I’ve been doing this blog stuff on and off for 7-8 years, before it was even known as “blogging”. Often I’ll think back and wish I had written more as big events in my life were occurring – the whole cancer thing comes to mind – so I’m going to make an effort to journal the wedding process as much as possible. ‘Cause, y’know, it’s pretty much the biggest thing that’s happened in my life to date 🙂
Emily and I have talked a bit about where we want to go for our honeymoon – the idea of an all-inclusive resort such as Sandals Resorts has come up a couple of times. So I started poking around on their site, and quite a few of their establishments are already sold out for the first week of next year; particularly the nicer ones. I’m sure we’ll find something perfect, it was just a little surprising that they were booked solid already.
One set of suites that was already sold out looked really nice. Unfortunately they were called the “W.J. Clinton Suites”, which would just seem somewhat… wrong. Though our new home will be on Clinton Lane as well, so maybe it’s an omen. I hope not. Why couldn’t it be Lincoln Circle or Reagan Avenue? 🙂
Speaking of the house, I have to talk to my apartment management this week and tell ’em I plan to break my lease. In a bit of short-sightedness on my part, I re-upped for a year back in August. I have a feeling it’s gonna cost quite a bit to break it…