Author Archives: aubreyhoeppner

Unemployed and Underpaid Youth of the World: Unite!

Two weeks ago in the teacher’s lounge between classes, all of us had our eyes locked on the TV news, which streamed video footage of violent protests and announcements of the prime minister’s recent resignation. There was no great outcry … Continue reading

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The Time I Took in a Bulgarian Street Dog

[There are some big things happening in Bulgaria right now, namely the prime minister’s resignation amid country-wide protests. I’m still trying to fill in all the gaps before I post about that, so as not to invalidate my political science … Continue reading

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An Announcement

It’s official: I’m a grown-up. After a couple years of wondering when I would get there, how I would know, if I would like it, I suddenly happened upon it. Earlier this fall I thought I was there when I … Continue reading

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Why Don’t We Call It ‘Jarring’?

Fall means two things in Vidin: One, the sidewalk-cafe regulars (aka everyone) begin to mount their fervent resistance to the indoors, bundling up and switching from frappes to hot chocolates but refusing to budge from their chilled outdoor seats. I … Continue reading

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Sunday Surprise

This Sunday morning I woke up with the plan to spend a leisurely morning listening to a sermon from my church in Chicago and walking along the river. I haven’t figured out yet what I’m doing for church here. I … Continue reading

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Finding the Good

I was planning to post pictures of my town, Vidin, today, but a digital malfunction has corrupted almost all new photos I take. (If anyone has any tips on how to fix this, I would appreciate them.) I can only … Continue reading

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Pigeons

Dear pigeons who live on my rooftop, directly above where my laundry hangs, We all know where this is going. Today, I did my first load of laundry here, and it was not long before I made the connection that … Continue reading

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Have Some Pie

Dear friends and family, I’m making you a pie. I’m going to eat it, but I’ll think of you the whole time. After two weeks of being in travel limbo between Chicago, Sophia, and Belgrade, here I am at last … Continue reading

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