The Storm Before the Calm

Traveling home from halfway around the world is a logistical nightmare. There are so many tiny details to take care of before you actually leave, which puts me into a manic state for weeks before the departure date even arrives. It’s a lot of forecasting. Who’s watching the dogs? Who’s watching the cats? Do we […]

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Throwback Thursday: Costa Rica 2018

Well. Here we are. Sadly this will be my last Throwback Thursday post on this blog. I, unfortunately, don’t have unlimited past trips to talk about. Of course, there are trips from my childhood, but let’s be honest: my memory isn’t spectacular, so I’m ending it here, with Costa Rica from 2018. In the spring […]

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Dmanisi

I think there was a brief point in my life where I wanted to be an archeologist. I loved the idea of digging around in the dirt and making some sort of fantastic discovery about human evolution. In my mind, I would be pulling perfectly preserved complete hominin skeletons out of the ground every other […]

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Canning Cookbook Loves

It’s summer, which means I’m in the thick of canning season. It’s been a few years since I was able to have a full summer of preserving since we moved so much between 2017 and 2018. This year I was a bit slow to start, but now my pile of sealed jars grows each weekend […]

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Restaurant Roundup: Wine Bars of Tbilisi

Well, it’s that time again. This month I’m bringing you a special edition of Restaurant Roundup, focused on my favorite wine bars and shops. This has been a long time coming, and is inspired by this very consistent conversation: Me/Sean/Both of Us: Oh! We found this wine at WineMe. Them: What’s WineMe…? Me/Sean/Both of Us: […]

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Sam Raan Spa

As a collective, Sean and I are a mixed bag when it comes to self-care. We are both extroverted introverts, so we are both quite good at recognizing when we need to disconnect from the world and relax. It’s very much required in the Foreign Service lifestyle if you ask me. But sometimes it goes […]

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Borjomi

It seems we are trying to pack in as much traveling as possible this month, even if that means we are only gone for about 24 hours at a time. Makes sense, seeing as 1) this country is amazingly beautiful and fun, and 2) we are missing out on a month of travel opportunity since […]

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Georgia: One Year In

June 30, 2019, was my one year anniversary of moving to Georgia. I can’t believe it went by so quickly. The last time I wrote about being in a post for one year I talked about Culture Shock and how much we were still struggling to find our footing. This time it’s a completely different […]

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Kazbegi

Kazbegi has been on our must-see list since we arrived. Everyone talks about it. Everyone posts photos from here. Everyone loves this little slice of Georgian paradise. We finally managed to sneak away for a weekend in Stepantsminda for some hiking, relaxing, and much-needed quality time. Plus, Stepantsminda is the perfect spot for beautiful photos […]

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Throwback Thursday: Bahamas

It should surprise absolutely no one to learn that I am not a “spring break person.” The notion of going to some sort of beach destination, hanging out in a swimsuit all day, and getting absolutely obliterated on fruity cocktails with a million other college students has never appealed to me. You can imagine my […]

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