My blog was about finding out if Bulgaria offered organic. My life before I started this journey was as organic as I ever wanted it to be. I knew where to get everything and which brand I liked. It was easy to be organic. When I moved here, I was shocked and extremely discouraged about living an organic life, or even a healthy one at that. When I shared this with my JMC professor she encouraged me to seek out organic in Bulgaria and blog about it for class. So I asked myself “How organic is Bulgaria?”
Over the months I sought after organic everywhere I could. It started out small. Looking all over Kauflands trying to read Cyrillic, this did not work well. I did end up finding a local market that offered some local grown fruits and vegetables. I went to the school’s cafeteria to find out if they use organic ingredients. Mark Waterhouse, the cafeteria director told me they did not. “We simply can’t afford it,” he added. I was able to reach out beyond Blageovgrad and found several organic shops in Sofia, BG. It didn’t stop there; every time I traveled I was looking! I found organic in Germany and Hungary too!
I was on the hunt. I searched at the malls, while shopping with friends, for organic beauty products. I was able to find many products in Sofia. I blogged about it of course! I was checking the world wide web which did not provide much. Except one helpful site a friend Amalija sent me called Happycow.net. Beyond this website I could barely come across anything on the internet with even the word organic in it as it related to Bulgaria. And forget social networking. That was a big fat nothing. It was really disappointing to realize how little people knew about these organic places I was finding on my own all over Bulgaria.
All my seeking gave me my answer. Bulgaria you are organic. People just are not very aware just how organic you are. What is cool is my blog is here to share with Bulgaria and the world about the organic side to Bulgaria! What an amazing responsibility I didn’t even realize I had.
I always liked the idea of blogging, because I saw all these ‘cool blogs’ that had photos and videos and talked about interesting things. In the past I have tried to blog, but it never worked out. I always gave up after a week because life would just become a handful. My blog attempts were never very cool or artsy and I never felt I was talking about anything interesting anyway. Now I can say I have kept up a blog for an entire semester and I blog about something that benefits people. I never thought this would happen.
As this semester comes to an end here in Bulgaria I look back through my blog and realize how much I have accomplished. I am amazed to see so many posts with photos and even videos. Above is even the growth my basil plant I planted halfway through the semester!
My first major video I made was from ‘Taste buds speak louder than words.’ “I had a brilliant idea to prepare two identical meals; one with organic ingredients and other with regular ones to see if there is a difference. I asked two friends at AUBG, Sven and Sara, to join me.” I recorded us cooking and trying out the two meals. Sara said “This is the best meal I’ve had in a while.”
It was a successful tasting event and a successful video! I made this entire video on YouTube editor, which I have come to learn sucks. It gave me a lot of issues. I was dealing with so many clips that it made it a big challenge, but I did it! Normally I would have given up and now I look at this video and am so proud I have this documented experience!
My favorite video is from ‘Namaste.’ I teach a yoga class at AUBG because “yoga is a source of organic physical, mental and emotional well-being for me.” I love teaching this class, and when Renee, an AUBG student, said “It’s like my hour of peace during the week.” That is when I knew I am influencing people in a positive way with the organic life. This, of course, is what makes it my favorite video. The other reason it’s my favorite is because I used Adobe Premiere to make it and it was hard.
It was only my second time using the program and I learned so much about it through this video. I was able to play around and do many things to my video. Things I use to see in other videos and ask myself how do they do that. I am now able to do those things. I know how to do voice overs, showing clips at the top of the screen while another clip is playing and, my favorite; add music in the background while someone is speaking. This video, to me, represents my full growth.
It shows me keeping my organic life style while here. It shows me sharing it with other people, and it shows my progress in using technology!
I didn’t realize I had learned so much because I was having fun while doing it! I was just taking one of my passions and sharing it with anyone who was interested. What is easier than that? Using the technology got easier and less of a burden because it was showing off my passion. I promoted organic in my personal life to everyone I knew and on the internet to the people I could not contact directly.
Though my organic journey is over in Bulgaria I am going to continue to seek out an organic life and post about it. I am even planing to live in Spain and WWOOF. This is where you volunteer on an organic farm. I will be sharing with you my experience and what I am learning!