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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Book Review: The Utopia Experiment

The Utopia Experiment came into my life in a rather odd way. I hardly ever purchase books in airports (they are expensive and usually not my cup of tea), but when traveling at some point in 2015 or 2016 I had a moment of weakness. I don’t know if it was the title that caught […]

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It’s Ok to Not Be Ok

It’s hard making friends as an adult. It’s something you don’t realize until you have to. As a kid, you’re constantly thrown into environments where everyone is in the same boat and needs to forge bonds of friendship. School, extracurricular activities, even the playground. Back in those days you automatically had things in common with […]

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Foster Pups

Over the holidays Sean and I had our first experience with foster pups. I kept it pretty quiet since I was trying to avoid everyone making comments like “this is how you end up with five dogs!” or “don’t you have enough animals already?” We were helping out some people here who found a litter […]

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Travel Anxiety

It starts pretty immediately. As soon as we book flights the unease settles into the pit of my stomach. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we’ve vacationed, how fun the destination is going to be, or how badly we need to get away for a little while. I always develop some kind of […]

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Hitting The Wall

So we’ve been here in Tbilisi for about five months now. Part of me can’t believe it’s been that long since it still feels like we just arrived yesterday. There’s still so much of this city we haven’t explored, and don’t even get me started on the rest of the country. Where on earth did […]

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Birthday Weekend

This past weekend was “Kristen’s Birthday Celebration, Take Three.” Take one didn’t happen because on my actual birthday Sean was flying home from Berlin and arrived at 5:00 a.m. so he was in no condition to celebrate with me. Take two was also a bust because for the last few weeks we’ve both been battling […]

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Dear Body: A Love Letter to Myself

Dear Body, It’s me. Your conscious mind. I know you and I have not seen eye-to-eye hardly at all for the past 15 years. And I want to say I’m sorry. I remember the first time I felt fat. I was in sixth grade. I don’t know exactly why I started feeling insecure in you […]

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