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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Five Days in Stockholm

It seems Sean and I are incapable of traveling to just one city or county at a time. After a few lovely days in Helsinki, we continued our week in Scandanavia with a visit to Stockholm. By comparison, Stockholm is the larger city, so we had five jam-packed days to explore. We arrived in Stockholm […]

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Tbilisi Christmas Lights

Today is Orthodox Christmas, so I thought it would be fitting to briefly talk about Tbilisi at Christmastime. We were a bit bummed when planning our failed R&R and then our impromptu trip to Helsinki and Stockholm that we would miss out on the spectacular Christmas season here at home. However, since Georgia is on […]

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Helsinki

I feel like there are two distinct times to visit Scandanavia: in summer when the sun never sets, and in winter when the sun almost doesn’t rise. I have romantic ideas about Finland, Norway, and Sweden’s midnight sun, but was always nervous about traveling towards the Arctic Circle in the winter when my Seasonal Affective […]

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Georgian Cloisonne Enamel

One of the most popular – and most beautiful – Georgian souvenirs is enamel. It seems everywhere you turn in Tbilisi there’s another shop showing off these vibrant and intricate works of art. I know by looking at these pieces that a great deal of time and effort goes into making them, and a¬†few weeks […]

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European Christmas Markets Overview

Inadvertently, Sean and I have made it a pattern to visit Christmas markets in Europe for our first major vacation at a new post. In 2015 when we left Dushanbe for the first time, we went to Germany and Brussels to get a good helping of Christmas spirit. Last year, we did the same with […]

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Santorini

Santorini was always one of those fantastical far-away places I definitely wanted to visit but didn’t know when we would actually make it over there. I learned about Greece and Santorini at a fairly young age when I read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book series. You know, like every other young teenager in […]

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American Encounters

One aspect of living overseas I’ve always found fascinating is encountering American tourists. In Tbilisi, we get some, but not many, so my fascination with them is always heightened when we travel to more touristy locations such as Santorini. On our quick trip this past weekend, we were faced with Americans of all ages, from […]

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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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