Life in the Times of COVID-19

Have you guys heard? There’s a pandemic going on and its name is COVID-19. Of course, you know that. Every company you’ve ever given your address to is sending out “Our Response to COVID-19” emails just about every day. I’m so glad to know cupcake shops, clothing stores, and sports teams are handling the virus. […]

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Bevreti Hike

One thing Sean and I love to do, but don’t do nearly enough, is hiking. I’m not sure exactly why we are bad at practicing one of our favorite pastimes – perhaps we are inherently lazy, or maybe it’s sheer exhaustion from a long week of work – but this past weekend after a rather […]

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Georgia’s Black Sea

This past weekend Sean and I drove five hours west of Tbilisi to the tiny town of Shekvetili located on the Black Sea coast. We stayed a the lovely Paragraph Resort & Spa which is a part of the Marriott Autograph collection. I’ve previously written about the Paragraph back in October of 2018, and my […]

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Top 10 Telework Tips

Since moving to Tbilisi in July 2018, I have been teleworking full time. While this isn’t a terribly long period, I know, I feel like after a year-and-a-half of working from home I’ve developed a bit of a tips and tricks list in my head, but I’m never able to accurately articulate everything I want […]

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Khinkali Cooking Class

One of my absolute favorite Georgian foods is khinkali. While the name is unique to Georgia, of course, the concept is fairly universal: delicious dumplings. I grew up eating the Polish version – pierogi – and have fond memories of going to the Polish deli with my parents and then frying them up on the […]

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Doggy DNA Test Results

If you’re new around here, hello. I’m Kristen, and I have five animals. Three of them are rather large dogs. Yes, we move them around the world with us. Yes, they are all mutts. Yes, there are too many but there’s nothing I can do about that at this point. They are my babies and […]

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Vardzia Cave City

This past weekend we were supposed to go skiing, but Mother Nature had other plans. It hasn’t snowed much in Georgia this winter – there’s barely enough snow in Gudauri for a decent base layer let alone proper skiing. Since our time here may be running thin (long story) we oped out of so-so ski […]

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Mount Kazbegi

This past weekend we were invited to a last-minute quick trip to one of my favorite places in Georgia: Stepantsminda. When we visited this idyllic valley in June we did a ton of hiking, and the shy but stunning Mount Kazbei was completely obscured by clouds and fog. This time around we didn’t set a […]

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Five Days in Stockholm

It seems Sean and I are incapable of traveling to just one city or county at a time. After a few lovely days in Helsinki, we continued our week in Scandanavia with a visit to Stockholm. By comparison, Stockholm is the larger city, so we had five jam-packed days to explore. We arrived in Stockholm […]

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Tbilisi Christmas Lights

Today is Orthodox Christmas, so I thought it would be fitting to briefly talk about Tbilisi at Christmastime. We were a bit bummed when planning our failed R&R and then our impromptu trip to Helsinki and Stockholm that we would miss out on the spectacular Christmas season here at home. However, since Georgia is on […]

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