A Girls Wine Weekend In Georgia

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 in Culture, Georgia | 2 Comments
A Girls Wine Weekend In Georgia

I spent nearly three weeks in Tbilisi in 2013 and have raved about it since. Elayne was leaving Turkey soon. Kristin had recently visited Batumi and was eager to return to Georgia. I’d been aching for an excuse to get back since summer 2013, when I spent those weeks based in Tbilisi. We schemed, we planned. […]

The Simple and The Spectacular: David Gareja Monastery

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Culture, Georgia | 2 Comments
The Simple and The Spectacular: David Gareja Monastery

There are sparks when you place the mundane with the insane. The common and the crazy sometimes create something profound. My entire experience of the David Gareja Monastery in Georgia felt like this: the simple with the spectacular, the unexpected juxtapositions of disparate scenes. The four of us—Amiran from Georgia, Luca from Italy, our jovial […]

Lost In The Clouds in Kazbegi, Georgia

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 in Culture, Georgia | 11 Comments
Lost In The Clouds in Kazbegi, Georgia

We climbed to the top of the world and walked in the clouds. At least, that’s how it felt. We were taking a day trip to Kazbegi, a green and mountainous slice of Georgia up near the Russian border—“we” being myself, my new friend Kseniya, and a marshrutka (minibus) full of lovely Polish travelers. I […]

Tbilisi in Black-and-White

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 in Black-and-White Cities, Georgia, Photography | 4 Comments
Tbilisi in Black-and-White

Sometimes, shooting black-and-white is a necessity. When I arrived in Tbilisi and couldn’t quite get a handle on the city, that struggle permeated my pictures. I wasn’t seeing color pictures I wanted to take. So to combat my frustration, I decided to simplify—I switched to monochrome. Black-and-white film emphasizes different elements than color, as I’ve […]

The Amazing Dinamo Market of Tbilisi

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 in Culture, Georgia | 3 Comments
The Amazing Dinamo Market of Tbilisi

The Amazing Dinamo Market is labyrinthine. It curves, winds, layers; staircases hide behind cases of raw meat, the dark and dingy alleys reveal a sort of Georgian tapas scene. The Amazing Dinamo Market, much like the city of Tbilisi itself, is full of tiny, delightful mysteries. For one thing, it’s not actually called the Dinamo […]

Tbilisi, Georgia: How Quickly We Fall In Love!

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 in Culture, Georgia | 16 Comments
Tbilisi, Georgia: How Quickly We Fall In Love!

I had dreams about Tbilisi long before I ever went there. The mysterious Georgian capital intrigued me for years, and everything I read about it just made my heart ache to explore it even more. The food! The art! The cafes! I craved it, all of it. But upon arriving in the splendid city, I […]

The Lush Wonderland: Exploring Batumi’s Botanical Garden

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 in Georgia | 10 Comments
The Lush Wonderland: Exploring Batumi’s Botanical Garden

What kind of fool goes to a Botanical Garden in the rain? This one. When inclement weather nixed my original plan of biking and beaching, I hopped onto a marshrutka (or, minibus) to explore Batumi’s Botanical Garden. The girl at my hostel recommended it heartily, and the rain seemed to have downgraded to drizzling in dribs […]

Photographing Batumi’s Beach In The Rain

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Georgia, Photography | No Comments
Photographing Batumi’s Beach In The Rain

My original plan for my second day in Batumi was to take a long, leisurely bike ride along the shoreline bike path. Morning rain nixed that plan, but strolling along the nearly-deserted beach turned out to be a wonderful alternative. The overcast sky made colors pop, especially against the rolling fog and the churning gray sea. […]

The Unexpected Charm of Batumi

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 in Georgia | 4 Comments
The Unexpected Charm of Batumi

Batumi, Georgia was the biggest surprise of my Caucasus trip. I don’t know what I was expecting, exactly, but it certainly wasn’t what I found. I was absolutely smitten with Batumi. What a shock! I hadn’t given Batumi much thought; the beach intrigued me and the flight from Istanbul was inexpensive, but I viewed the […]

Here Comes An Adventure!

Here Comes An Adventure!

It’s finally set! I’ve been plotting and scheming about my summer travel plans for months, making and breaking itineraries, dreaming up new fabulous adventures, and living in the wonderful world of complete possibility. Of course, that complete freedom restricts when you actually COMMIT to booking tickets, which is perhaps why I constantly have overwhelming anxiety […]