Geneva

Switzerland is one of those countries that’s always been just outside my peripheral vision when it comes to dream travel destinations. Places like New Zealand, Japan, Costa Rica, Iceland, and Argentina are always front and center when I think about where I want to vacation. Slightly off center are most European countries. However, for some […]

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Book Review: Diplomatic Baggage

Book reviews are back! I definitely fell off the bandwagon on this series. I think in general my life gets totally out of whack for several months before and after a PCS, and one thing I really slacked on this go round was reading. It always makes me sad when I go through reading lulls. […]

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Restaurant Roundup: January 2019

New year…same two people who love food. Is anyone at all surprised? Here are my favorite Tbilisi eateries from the past few months. This go round there are actually a few Georgian places in the mix. Enjoy! Top Five Restaurants: Café Stamba: I know this is a favorite among the expat community, but when I went […]

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Vienna

Our final stop on our little Europe trip was Vienna. And for me, it began with an allergic reaction on the train. We had bought some marzipan in Budapest, and my pistachio-flavored deliciousness must have come in contact with some peanuts along the way. Since I was stuck on a train, I quickly popped a […]

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Georgian New Year Traditions

One of the most important celebrations in Georgia is ringing in the New Year. It’s a truly unique celebration that mixes European and Asian practices in a way that feels distinctly Georgian. I think the best way I can describe it is somewhat organized chaos. It’s the right amount of unruly where everyone in the […]

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Budapest

If you asked a person “what is Europe to you?” you would probably get a lot of different answers. To some, Europe is Paris, with beautiful wide streets on a spring day. To some, Europe is the chaos of Rome. To me, Europe is in the east. I discovered my love for Eastern Europe in […]

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Bratislava

Our journey to Bratislava was a crazy one. Much like Dushanbe, a lot of flights out of Tbilisi International Airport leave at crazy hours – and this is especially true if you choose to book a more…discount airline like we did. Instead of opting for the direct flight to Vienna, we booked the cheaper airBaltic […]

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Travel Anxiety

It starts pretty immediately. As soon as we book flights the unease settles into the pit of my stomach. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we’ve vacationed, how fun the destination is going to be, or how badly we need to get away for a little while. I always develop some kind of […]

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Hitting The Wall

So we’ve been here in Tbilisi for about five months now. Part of me can’t believe it’s been that long since it still feels like we just arrived yesterday. There’s still so much of this city we haven’t explored, and don’t even get me started on the rest of the country. Where on earth did […]

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Weird Food Habits

Thanksgiving is approaching. As a child, this was not my most favorite holiday because I was a pain-in-the-ass-picky-eater and decided I didn’t like any of the traditional Thanksgiving food. As an adult, I love this holiday. It’s one of my favorite days to spend with Sean, whether alone or with company, to relax and enjoy […]

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