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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Budapest

If you asked a person “what is Europe to you?” you would probably get a lot of different answers. To some, Europe is Paris, with beautiful wide streets on a spring day. To some, Europe is the chaos of Rome. To me, Europe is in the east. I discovered my love for Eastern Europe in […]

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Bratislava

Our journey to Bratislava was a crazy one. Much like Dushanbe, a lot of flights out of Tbilisi International Airport leave at crazy hours – and this is especially true if you choose to book a more…discount airline like we did. Instead of opting for the direct flight to Vienna, we booked the cheaper airBaltic […]

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Restaurant Roundup: November 2018

It’s time for another Restaurant Roundup! We love to eat, and Tbilisi definitely delivers in the food department. I will say, we haven’t eaten at a ton of Georgian specific restaurants since we’ve been here, but that’s mostly because we are served traditional Georgian food at official events. I don’t want to only eat Georgian […]

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Throwback Thursday: Krakow

Our journey to Krakow was a bit wild. I feel like you can’t truly say you backpacked Europe without taking the train. Up until this point we had manged to fly everywhere, but the cheapest and “most convenient” way to get from Prague to Krakow was by train. Since it would take about 12 hours, […]

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Boondoggle on the Black Sea

Sean’s been traveling a lot lately. It seems like August-October are his busiest times every year, especially when we are overseas. Now, in a perfect world, I’d be able to join Sean every time he does a quick trip to an interesting location. I was so jealous he went to Berlin without me right before […]

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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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Signagi

Located 2.5 hours east of Tbilisi, in the winemaking region of Kakheti, lies the tiny town of Signagi (also spelled Sighnaghi). Though small, this town is a powerhouse for Georgian tourism, and a must-see for anyone visiting Tbilisi. The town of Signagi has a rich history for being so small. It was first recorded as a […]

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Throwback Thursday: Prague

Let me begin this entry by saying this: we did not spend enough time in Prague. As much as Sean and I had meticulously planned the first week and a half of our Europe trip in 2012, we left the second part of the trip wide open. We knew we wanted to get to Prague, […]

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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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