Things you, hypothetical reader, could know about me:
1. My name is not Gogo, but "Waiting for Godot" is one of my favorite plays. My best friend Didi and I met in college -- I'd traveled from Cincinnati and she from Bulgaria. We wait for Godot together.
2. I was a teaching assistant in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria for the 2012-2013 school year. The exchange program in which I participated sends Americans like me all over the world to teach English. I'd never been to Bulgaria before setting off for that year. Upon boarding my flight to Sofia, I knew only two sentences in Bulgarian: Обичам те ("I love you") and ти си кучка ("You're a bitch"). Thanks, Didi.
3. Just to be clear, this blog is my individual account of my life during a year abroad. Its purpose is for personal documentation and communication, and I don't speak for anyone else.
4. This is a blog about my experience in Bulgaria, but it's also a blog about other things, too, because I want to have a decent record of what it was like to be a Gogo for a year. As the great Ron Swanson once said, "Don't half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
(5. I lied. I actually third-ass three blogs. My catch-all, mostly silly blog is here: tornbread.tumblr.com. My media studies junkie blog is here: medialist.tumblr.com)
David Cerny’s statue of two peeing men facing each other, outside the Kafka museum. Everyone who walked up to it seemed shocked and delighted and baffled and tickled, whichI think is such a great reaction to a work of art.
aB (who I’m traveling in Italy with now) has been to Prague before and she tells me that once upon a time, you could text something to a number, and the sculpture would pee water in the shape of whatever word you texted.