Following the Dream

I don’t want a perfect life; I want a happy one!

Just like the quote says, we are on a mission to have a better quality of life… but let’s start from the beginning…

Following the DreamAll of this started about two years ago. We were getting fed up with living in UK, it was all work, work, work (more commonly referred to as the “rat race”) and there never seemed to be a lot of time for anything else and even if there was time there was never enough money no matter how hard we worked; couple that with the endless gloomy weather and seemingly daily rain resulting in it always feeling damp and meaning a lack of sunshine. There was also the issue of a growing hatred of the ever encroaching nanny state with the 1%ers amassing total control over, what felt to us as every aspect of our life in the end led to a level of dissatisfaction that resulted in us one evening deciding that it was time for a change… so we took the giant map of Europe out and started to look for a new place to live.

Yes, I know this might sound a bit extreme but life is short, we aren’t getting any younger and frankly it felt like the right time for our next start.

After going through all the obvious suspects aka favourite spots for Brits to emigrate to such as the south of France, Spain, Italy maybe even Switzerland but they were realistically outside of our budget, we were shortly running out of places to live… all we wanted was an affordable for us country with sunny weather, good food, friendly people and you know what… we found it…. In Bulgaria!

I can imagine that most of you at this moment are either thinking good for them or as is usually the case sat there thinking WTF! Well, trust me when I say we have kind of gotten used to this reaction from people by now. Most people can’t understand why on earth we would want to move from such a well-developed Britain to an underdeveloped country like Bulgaria… well, at the heart of the matter we just wanted a simpler life and after extensive research we truly believe that we can achieve our dream here.

It took us a long time to get to this stage. Four months ago we sold our UK home and by completion day we had managed to move all our belongings into my parents’ house/garage/garden shed in Poland.  From there we filled the car with diesel and started the long drive, 48h later we arrived in Bulgaria. The search for our new home began in earnest…

We came prepared with a long list of houses that we wanted to view. After a few weeks of driving around and viewing properties with endless hours of discussions about all the pros and cons of each place we had whittled the original list down to a short list of three favourites. At this time we enrolled the help of my dad… He desperately wanted to come, probably as much out of curiosity as wanting to make sure his daughter wasn’t about to buy a disaster and from our side it’s always good to get the opinion of someone more sensible than you may be. So we had him fly over just to check out our potential list of a new home. As it ended up all three passed the “dad inspection” and it was time to start making offers… long story short last month (yes, we have a small mini anniversary today) we become the happy owners of our new Bulgarian home.

I have to say it was a real roller-coaster… up and down and up again… so many new experiences, so many things to learn but you know what… we are for the first time in a long time truly happy. We own a lovely house with a garden big enough that we could hire a man with a tractor and plough to plough a section of it in order to get it ready for being a veggie patch next year, we are surrounded by kind, helpful people (no, we can’t understand them most of the time but no one seems to care), we are eating simple but real food, which tastes amazing but most of all we are debt free, we have no mortgage, no loans, no worry… I wake up, brew my morning coffee and go out to drink it in my warm sunny November garden (yes it’s the middle of November and it’s still warm), looking around and thinking to myself: “this is all ours”! This makes me happy!

I know we haven’t been around much lately (and thank you for the many emails checking up on me) yet as I sit here writing to you all with this update I can hand on heart say that all boxes are unpacked, the house is taking its final shape and we are now on the mission to do what we enjoy most… cooking, baking and blogging about it 🙂

Take care, speak soon and remember it’s never too late to follow your dreams!

23 thoughts on “Following the Dream

  1. Oh wow, how exciting. Good for you! So many people in the world would much prefer an easier life than work work work. Life is here to be enjoyed, so I salute you for making the most of it.

  2. What a fantastic thing to read. I’m so pleased for you all. Glad it has worked out. My mum and sisters had the same thoughts 9 years ago and packed up and left this country for Australia. They’ve never looked back. I’m sure it’ll be the same for you in 9 years time x

  3. Having visited countries like Slovenian and Lithuania as well as other European countries I can definitely understand your choice and glad you’ve found somewhere you love.

  4. oh wow! that’s a lovely story, I’m really happy for you. I’m just curious about the language. Do people speak English all the time or did you have to learn it? xx

  5. I hope you all the best in your life. I had to start over myself two years ago so I know the strength you need to say no more and make that jump into the unknown so good for you in doing something most only dream of doing.

  6. Personally I think your idea of living in Bulgaria is fantastic and from what I’ve seen of Bulgaria (love youtube and pinterest!) it looks amazing. It sounds like your settling in and already unpacked! I can’t wait to hear more about it 🙂 xx

  7. WOW!! I would love to do something like that but I’m a real home bird and I couldn’t leave my parents, or my friends. I admire anyone who does though! I have never been to Bulgaria but I have heard it is beautiful! I wish you a wonderful new life there! xx

  8. guess what? I totally love your idea!!! I only know bulgaria as a tourist but I think it was a good decision. I wish you all the best and I would love to hear from you from time to time, when your house is your home and efurrything is well arranged…

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