Georgian Cloisonne Enamel

One of the most popular – and most beautiful – Georgian souvenirs is enamel. It seems everywhere you turn in Tbilisi there’s another shop showing off these vibrant and intricate works of art. I know by looking at these pieces that a great deal of time and effort goes into making them, and a¬†few weeks […]

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No Gas, No Problem (Except Not Really)

Today is the fifth consecutive day we don’t have gas in our home. It’s not at all unusual for gas or electricity or water to go out for a few hours or a few days out here in Tbilisi, but this particular outage is a bit more extreme. Thankfully, when such outages happen, the Embassy […]

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Dental Work

I have pretty horrible teeth. You wouldn’t necessarily know it by looking at me, but trust me, they are a mess. Apparently, when my teeth formed they naturally developed very deep pits in them. No matter how well I brushed or flossed, I knew at a young age I was destined to have many dental […]

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Home is Where the Goober Is

When we were home in August, I was having a hard time coming to terms with the idea of returning to Georgia. Don’t get me wrong, we really love it here, but I had enough time at home to get used to the idea of being close to family and friends again. The thought of […]

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10 Flights

Recently, as you may know, I’ve been in several places seemingly all at once. We had our impromptu trip to Santorini a few weeks ago, and last weekend I went to Kansas City for one of my very best friend’s wedding. Adding all that travel up, I’ve taken 10 flights in 12 days. I’ve traveled […]

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American Encounters

One aspect of living overseas I’ve always found fascinating is encountering American tourists. In Tbilisi, we get some, but not many, so my fascination with them is always heightened when we travel to more touristy locations such as Santorini. On our quick trip this past weekend, we were faced with Americans of all ages, from […]

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reWoven: Caucasian Carpets Remade

About an hour south of Tbilisi lies the unassuming village of Marneuli. At first glance, it looks like any subsistence agricultural town. Herds of farm animals roaming the pastures, quaint houses made of stone and brick, and residents living in extreme poverty. Most of the income in this area comes from outside sources such as […]

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That Time We Almost Lost Our DPO

After a somewhat rocky start last summer, I’ve grown quite attached to our Diplomatic Post Office or DPO. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that the ability to receive mail from the United States is key to my happiness while overseas. I know the DPO […]

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Thirty Things

Tomorrow I’m entering a new decade of my life. It feels like I was 19 only a day ago, and it also feels like I’ve been 30 for about five years. It’s a very odd duality inside my head at the moment. Since I’m a blogger, and since I have in fact learned a lot […]

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Pedicures are Self Care

Lately, I’ve been going to one of the local nail salons in Tbilisi called TenTen for pedicures regularly. People know I’m semi (ok, completely) obsessed with painting my nails, but it’s a little known fact that I loathe dealing with my toes. I’m quite long and somewhat inflexible, so the convoluted position I need to […]

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