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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

December 8, 2012


In any backpacker’s hostel, there is a short but inviolate lexicon of questions and answers that open up an initial conversation whenever two travelers are meeting for the first time.  “Where are you going?  Where have you been?  When did you start?  And how long until the backpack goes back into the closet and you […]

A Summer Retrospective

September 5, 2012


The other day, a friend of mine expressed some good-natured  job-related frustration, posting to his Facebook status that he would like to find a job that somehow would include “making (his) own hours, lots of time outside when it’s nice, and low stress.”  And then he asked “Anyone have a job like that?”  While my […]

Calling All Curious People

June 12, 2012


So it happened like this. I have recently become the World’s Biggest Fan of Betsy’s Hotel, where I invariably meet new and interesting expats who hail from across the globe, but who often fall outside the sometimes rather inclusive TLG circle. From Special Agents for the US Embassy’s Diplomatic Security Service to CEOs of Georgian […]

Thinking Outside the Book

April 23, 2012


A couple months ago, I was lucky enough to hit the oh-so-important milestone for the Tbilisi volunteer – I was offered a second job. Tbilisi is expensive, and the array of western options not available in the rest of Georgia – Thai food, cappuccinos, and cocktails with ice – will ensure that you blow through […]

Don’t Forget the Dental Floss

March 25, 2012


I tend to overpack. In fact, I am pretty sure I have brought the most stuff to Georgia out of anyone I have met here.  It’s a dubious honor, and in truth, I brought a lot of stuff I didn’t end up needing.  However, due to my ridiculous over-preparedness, I have managed to have the […]