Around this same time my Birding journal had arrived in the mail. I spotted an advertisement titled Birding Bulgaria in bold red letters advertising a fundraising trip to aid conservation projects in Bulgaria and sponsored by the Friends of Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds. Right dates, right price. The next day I contacted the trip leader, Yoav Chudnoff, and discussed the trip details with him. I also recalled how, in June 2008, Karl Overman had led a Detroit Audubon trip to Bulgaria and had a great time.
Cut to the chase; I signed up.
Trip completed in June, 2011: Bulgaria trip map