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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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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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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Chicago

I often consider Chicago my second hometown. I’ve never lived there personally, but both my parents are from the South Side (yes, really) and much of my extended family lived in the area when I was a child. The first time I remember visiting downtown, I asked my dad how big the city was. His […]

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The House on the Rock

After a few very crazy weeks – bacheloretting around Chicago, two wedding weekends, a Hamilton history lesson, and just soaking up as much Wisconsin as possible – I’m returning to my regularly scheduled blogging. Or at least I hope so. I’m currently still in Wisconsin – I have one more event to attend this weekend […]

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Door County, Wisconsin

Before yesterday, I’d only been to Door County once. I was 19, my boyfriend of a few months was about to leave for a study abroad in Russia (spoiler, I married him), and we were only there for a few hours. I don’t remember it very well, but we do have these ridiculous pictures to […]

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My First Trip to Mtskheta

Mtskheta is located so close to our neighborhood in Tbilisi that it’s astounding to me that my first trip to this intriuging little town only occurred last weekend. I haven’t even been to Mtskheta on accident – which is very possible; if you miss the last U-turn on the highway going north, you have no […]

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National Botanical Garden of Georgia

Something I took for granted as a kid was living within walking distance to a large, expansive park. I fondly remember going to the playground, the nature center, and the botanical gardens as a kid. Sean and I even got married in those very gardens. It’s my happy place. When we moved to Annapolis the […]

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Being a Tourist in Your Own City

I’ve talked a few times on this blog about the similarities and differences between this tour and the last, but one thing I haven’t touched on is how I’m trying to shape this experience in a different way than I did in Dushanbe. One thing I’m trying to do differently is take time out to […]

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