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No really Batumi: the pleasure is all mine.

April 10, 2013 by


Last night I was barrelling and swerving deeper and deeper into a foreign country’s road in the dark, through pouring rain, without a seatbelt, at 130km/h, and praying for the mercy of some obscenity-calling-and-wildly-gesticulating marshutka driver and his companion who continuously assured me I would be in Batumi soon. I’m crazy, and I love myself. […]

“Georgia? What, like, the state?” My Top Three Reasons for Volunteering in Georgia-the-Country-not-the-State

December 4, 2012 by


A year ago, when I told people I was moving to Georgia to teach English, I was met with one of three reactions: a blank stare, a “What, you mean the state…?”, or, every so often, a “Wow, good for you! My [friend/relative/close acquaintance/person I met once at a dinner party and haven’t seen since] […]

Town & Country Digest With a Touch of Irony

November 3, 2012 by


On Sunday afternoons, I know that there is one thing I am guaranteed to hear in the hostel in Tbilisi: “I don’t want to go back to my village. I want to stay here in the city. Stay here with my friends. Maybe I will wait just another hour.” I know this feeling well, I […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Part Two

October 10, 2012 by


When I wrote last, I was en route to the United States for five weeks of seeing friends and family, attending weddings, and celebrating my car’s odometer passing the 200,000-mile mark. In mid-August, I returned to Georgia—this time with my father and sister in tow! They spent ten days with my host family and me, […]

The Borjomi Debacle

April 1, 2012 by


And the cautionary tale begins like this: the weekend I planned to go to Lagodekhi to hike, the town flooded. Rather than risk hiking in the cold, wet rain and mud, my two friends and I changed our plan at the last minute and went to Borjomi instead. Little did we know that we would […]

An Unlikely Companion

March 27, 2012 by


It wasn’t until 2007 that my otherwise ultra-hip mother subscribed to an e-mail account—and finally learned to use a computer. For years, she crusaded against a digital mailbox with arguments like: “I like to just call people!” and “What’s wrong with regular mail?” It took the patience and savvy of her three young adult children […]

How Would You Celebrate?

March 19, 2012 by


March 8, International Women’s Day, is an official holiday in Georgia. That being said, from personal observations, it appears as though it is celebrated very similarly to Valentine’s Day; women are given presents for being women. I am used to celebrating the independence and strength of women on International Women’s Day, so with this day […]

On the Road

March 14, 2012 by


It was a Sunday. I was the passenger of a Tbilisi-bound marshrutka winding our way out of the mountains near Borjomi. I was shoulder-to-shoulder with a white-bearded priest and a dozing gentleman, jostling with the whims of the road. Bucolic scenery splashed across the windows. It was all quite normal. With nothing to do for […]

Had to happen to the African

March 11, 2012 by


It’s my first time in Georgia, but in all honesty, that does not matter. I say that it doesn’t matter because it’s just my luck that KC, the South African who had never seen or touched any snow in his entire life, would arrive in Georgia at the time of one of the coldest winters […]

The Ever Elusive English Club

March 6, 2012 by


Upon arrival in Georgia, I had certain expectations for what school would be like. I knew I’d be taking part in classes and I assumed that I would be starting an English club at some point, because that’s what volunteers do. It would be an amazing English club because I had tons of ideas for […]

From the Window of a Moving Train

March 1, 2012 by


One warm, clear September day I emerged from the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, looking and smelling like someone who had just spent the past three days trudging through the woods, facing rainstorms, creek-crossings, gruff cattle-herders driving their herds across mountaintop meadows, and all of the other peculiarities of hiking in Georgia. I made my way through […]

Lasting Friendships

February 25, 2012 by


I drifted in and out of a jetlag-induced sleep while two girls chattered away next to me, giggling.  A wide-rimmed Peruvian fedora covered my eyes and a thick, russet beard covered my chin.  I awoke briefly when the flight attendant brought me a tray of food and tried to join the girls’ conversation.  They were […]

Group 31

January 21, 2012 by


Today I got to go to a panel for group 31. (Bonus – check out what one of the new volunteers in Group 31 has to say!) Basically, every orientation (except, apparently, the one on September 30th, 2011) has a meeting where five or so TLG volunteers come in and talk to the new group, […]

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2012 by


Happy New Year, everyone! (I might be saying this again in two weeks, when I’ll be back in Georgia to celebrate The Return of New Year on January 14th.) In the US, it’s customary to make some resolutions that you intend to follow for the following year. Here are some of mine: 1. Get fit. […]

TLG Excursion: Keto and Kote in Batumi

September 20, 2011 by


Saturday afternoon I got a call from TLG. “The President has invited you to Batumi to see a production of the Georgian play Keto and Kote. It’s like the Georgian Romeo and Juliet but with a happy ending. Meals, transportation and hotel rooms will be provided by the Ministry of Education.” That was some seriously […]