Tbilisi’s Sulfur Baths

The longer I’ve lived in Tbilisi, the more I’ve come to realize this is a city full of surprises. For instance, did you know an area of downtown is actually geothermal? I do now. There are actually several sulfur bathhouses clustered together in the Abanotubani neighborhood in Old Tbilisi that make for an excellent way […]

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Georgian New Year Traditions

One of the most important celebrations in Georgia is ringing in the New Year. It’s a truly unique celebration that mixes European and Asian practices in a way that feels distinctly Georgian. I think the best way I can describe it is somewhat organized chaos. It’s the right amount of unruly where everyone in the […]

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Tbilisoba 2018

I love a good festival. I grew up in Milwaukee where Summerfest reigns supreme as one of the highlights of my summer. And don’t even get me started on the glory that is the Wisconsin State Fair. Festivals combine some of my favorite things: food, craft fairs, live music, and simply being outside. This past […]

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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, and we’ve been lucky enough to participate in this ancient tradition of Rtveli, or harvest, […]

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Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning

Yes, you read that title correctly. To celebrate the end of winter and the start of spring in Maryland, Annapolitans roast oysters and burn socks, like any normal, well-educated society would do. Thankfully, the fire used to burn those undesired foot shackles is not the same one used to roast oysters. Don’t be silly. The […]

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