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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Throwback Thursday: Tuscany

Alright, friends. It’s time. It’s time to finally share the infamous “Vespa Incident” with the world. But first, let’s explore how we got to me crashing a Vespa (twice) on a busy street in a teeny-tiny town in Tuscany in front of an Italian nun, a police officer, and a biker gang. After two-and-a-half weeks […]

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Fabrika: Tbilisi’s Hipster Playground

One of our favorite places in Tbilisi is Fabrika. We first visited this hipster paradise in July shortly after arriving, and have been back several times since. On the day of that first visit, it was very hot and I was going through my “we just moved to a foreign country and I hate everything […]

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Dry Bridge Market

I’ve visited the Dry Bridge flea market a few times since arriving in Tbilisi, but this past Sunday Sean and I went with a mission: art shopping. I’m dying to get my hands on a local painting, and although we haven’t really been looking in earnest quite yet, it’s been almost nine months and I’m […]

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Restaurant Roundup: March 2019

Here we go again! My favorite restaurants I’ve tried the past few months. Enjoy! Top Five Restaurants: SushiRoom: It’s no secret at this point that I’m obsessed with Asian food in general, sushi in particular. While I still would argue that the best sushi you can find in Tbilisi is at Umami at the Radisson, […]

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Stalin’s Underground Printing Press

In the early 1900s, the ironclad Russian Empire was beginning to crack. Tsar Nicholas II was in power and was an unpopular and ineffective ruler, who was eventually overthrown during the Russian Revolution in 1917. Meanwhile, the Industrial Revolution began to show significant influence in Russia, but the country remained rural and poor, and those […]

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Narikala Fortress

We’ve reached the time of year where the weather and I really don’t get along. One day it will be freezing cold and dreary, the next it will be balmy, sunny, and a teaser for spring. I’m at the point where I’ve had it with winter and I’m eager for spring to show up and […]

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Throwback Thursday: Rome

Ah Rome. I love it so. After spending a few weeks in Western Europe and then a few days in Eastern Europe, we flew to Rome and got our first taste of Southern Europe. After the tidy streets of Paris and London, and the ancient feeling in Prague and Krakow, the chaos of Rome was […]

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Geneva

Switzerland is one of those countries that’s always been just outside my peripheral vision when it comes to dream travel destinations. Places like New Zealand, Japan, Costa Rica, Iceland, and Argentina are always front and center when I think about where I want to vacation. Slightly off center are most European countries. However, for some […]

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Restaurant Roundup: January 2019

New year…same two people who love food. Is anyone at all surprised? Here are my favorite Tbilisi eateries from the past few months. This go round there are actually a few Georgian places in the mix. Enjoy! Top Five Restaurants: Café Stamba: I know this is a favorite among the expat community, but when I went […]

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