Category Archives: Georgia

Time Travel in Nikortsminda

Georgia is nothing if not a strange pastiche of eras. The modern overlays the ancient. Remnants of the USSR fade slowly into a backdrop of pre- and early-Christian structures. Stepping onto the Metro is a journey back into the 1960s. … Continue reading

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The Dacha in Racha

So, my new friend, Kara, and I make plans to head up to the mountains of Racha with some of her friends from Georgia and Kazakhstan. Common language: Russian. American in backseat: Catching 1/8 of conversation. But actually, the Georgians are funny … Continue reading

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Back in the (former) U.S.S.R

It’s a 30-hour trip from California to Georgia. The time difference is 12 hours. Needless to say, things are a bit rough the first few days after arrival. Unless you manage to sleep the entire way. I didn’t even take … Continue reading

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The Official Reboot

Apparently, it is considered poor form to start a blog, post a handful of items, and then abandon all further efforts. At least that’s what I’ve heard from friends, family, acquaintances, and a few random strangers from the internet. It’s … Continue reading

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You can’t miss it…

“You can’t miss it” and “You won’t get lost” are two of my all-time favorite expressions to hear while traveling. No matter what country or what language, they always invariably mean “You can” and “You will.” This weekend, I decided … Continue reading

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Old Town Tbilisi

The problem with traveling for work is that you actually have to work–instead of exploring at leisure. I’ve peered at maps, trying to figure out nearby places I could get to, and even considered hopping a quick flight to Batumi, … Continue reading

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A Taste of Tbilisi

All of the expats here seem to be a little bit in love with Georgia. The people, the food, the wine, the odd and charming decay. I’m starting to see why. Despite the air quality and crumbling sidewalks, there is … Continue reading

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I can see Russia from my hotel!

Well, just about. Mainly I just wanted to say that (thank you, Tina Fey). Russia is about 100 miles from here, and the view is blocked by a rather imposing mountain range. Here’s what I actually can see: I’ve now … Continue reading

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Well, how did I get here?

I’m on a conference call with people I have never met, never worked with. I’m supposed to be just helping out on a project, but the call takes an unexpected turn. The person who is supposed to lead the project … Continue reading

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