Grape Adventures

There’s a word in Georgian – that of course I can’t remember because I’m horrible at languages – that roughly translates to “when the eye of the sun enters the grape it’s time to harvest.” This year, that time is now, an we’ve been lucky enough to participate in this ancient tradition of Rtveli, or harvest, […]

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Tbilisi’s Time is Now

Recently, just about everyone I know has been sending us the Forbes article entitled Berlin Is Out, Tbilisi Is In: Georgia’s Capital Is This Year’s Most Exciting City. Now, I’ve never been to Berlin, and I’ve only been here about eight weeks, but I think the writers at Forbes are on to something. On the surface, […]

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Restaurant Roundup: September 2018

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone: our favorite thing to do is eat. We both enjoy cooking, I preserve from time to time (I’ve currently got two different batches of tomato sauce going as I write this), and anytime we plan a trip the first thing we do is research where we are going […]

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Throwback Thursday: London

I’ve actually been to London twice now. Once when I was 17 as part of a school trip, and once at 22 immediately after I graduated college to visit my then boyfriend, Sean, who was finishing up his master’s degree at King’s College. When I was in London at 17, it marked the first time […]

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Baby Stuff

I’m approaching 29. Which means I’m approaching 30. Which means, if you had asked my 23-year-old self, I would likely have at least one kid by now, or at least one on the way. I like how stupidly naive I was in my early 20’s. At 23 when we got married, Sean and I looked […]

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Weekends are for Exploring

These days, Sean and I don’t see each other much during the week. He’s off to work before I’m really up and functional, and I work late so by the time I finish each night all we want to do is relax and unwind with some Netflix and animal snuggles. This arrangement suits us fine, […]

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Where Am I From?

It’s a common question. Especially when we first move overseas. We get it from Embassy employees, taxi drivers, store clerks, and waiters. Sometimes it happens in the beginning of the conversation, sometimes it’s after we confuse them greatly since Sean can speak to locals in Georgian or Russian but then we switch to English between […]

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Oh No, DPO

I have a confession to make: I am completely, 100% dependent on online ordering when I’m overseas. I’m not proud of it necessarily, but sometimes you just have to do things you aren’t proud of when put into situations outside your comfort zone. I’m picky. I’m particular. I like things a certain way. And when […]

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Throwback Thursday: Monaco and Nice

It was late May of 2012, and I was about to do something I swore I would never do: willingly attend a car race. Let me explain. I, obviously, grew up in America, and to me the only car races I was familiar with were NASCAR, which were essentially a bunch of bros making a […]

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Shipping Our Dogs: A Nightmare

Let me start this the same way I do every time I talk about our animals: I am perfectly aware that Sean and I are nuts to have five animals, and that we are certifiably insane to have five animals and then live the Foreign Service life. I get it. I don’t need anyone to […]

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