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Move to Tbilisi, Georgia – The Balcony of Europe.

August 26, 2015 — by Mama fish6

While most families with two young children are working hard to keep a comfortable, manageable routine, our adventurous family has opted to pack our simple life into a 20ft shipping container and head off the beaten path together somewhere which is technically called Eurasia or better described by its’ locals as, “The Balcony of Europe” – Tbilisi, Georgia.

Container ready to be send to Tbilisi
Container ready to be send to Tbilisi

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Lagodekhi National Park – Georgia

March 19, 2015 — by Big Fish4

Discover Lagodekhi Nature reserve

Lagodekhi Nature reserve, also called Lagodekhi National Park, is located in the famous district of Kaheti, Georgia.

This Nature reserve is located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus and bordered with Azerbaijan and Dagestan (Rusia). If you are carrying a cellphone from Azrbaijan, you can even receive signal while you are hiking here.

Lagodekhi Nature reserve was the first nature protected area in Georgia. This occured while Georgia was still under the Russian Empire.

In this Nature Reserve, you can find waterfalls, glacial lakes, and sulphur springs. As well as the best representation of caucaus mountains and green forest Georgia has to offer.

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On top of the World- Black Rock Lake (III)

August 16, 2017 — by Mama fish0

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Day 3 in our hike to Black Rock Lake in Lagodekhi

DAY 3

As the saying goes, “Sunshine is medicine for the soul.”  We both woke up feeling quite tired, but were bright eyed and bushy tailed to see a huge blue sky out the window of the shelter.  It was 5:30 am and what we thought to be the perfect opportunity to catch a time lapse of the sunshine and clouds from on top of the world.  We were at 3500m above sea level; you could see the whole of Georgia.  Not really, but it seemed like that.  It was an extraordinary feeling to be so high, yet have such clarity of the world below.  Amazing.   We spent the next hour taking pictures every :30 seconds to create an epic time lapse.  We, then, ate breakfast and re-packed all our wet belongings into plastic bags to make our descend back to Lagodehki.  We calculated our descend should take between 5-6 hours based on our ascend travel time and distance.  Going down must be quicker, right?  Let the descend begin.

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On top of the World – Black Rock Lake (II)

August 2, 2017 — by Mama fish1

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DAY 2

Rise and shine, its pouring rain!  After a fairly decent evening of sleep, we were up and enjoying a warm cup of tea and a bowl of oatmeal before our planned 16km hike towards Black Rock Lake and the second Meteo shelter.  Even though it was raining, we both agreed we were in this for the adventure and the rain was part of that adventure.  Thankfully, we had prepacked all our clothes and things into plastic bags, plus the rain covers on our packs.  We were good to go walking in the rain.  So, we thought.

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On top of the World – Black Rock Lake (I)

July 24, 2017 — by Mama fish2

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On top of the World – Black Rock Lake, Lagodekhi National Park

Adversity is the one defining word I am able to describe my experience on this 3-day trek.  The trail is hard, steep, and at times offering an extraordinary feeling of being on top of the world.

Location – The short version.

Lagodekhi National Park is located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus mountains, boarding Azerbaijan and Dagestan, at the north-eastern edge of the Kakheti region.  The park offers a huge area of nearly 25,000 hectares of protected sub-tropical forest filled with indigenous flowers, fauna, and a handful of wild animals.  There are 4 trails offered for those who are interested in exploring the park: Grouse Waterfall (9km), Ninoskhevi Waterfall (8km), 11th-century Machi Castle (3km from main road), and the Black Rock Lake Circuit (48km).

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Dream it. Wish it. Do it. Tbilisi

July 18, 2017 — by Mama fish1

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Dream it. Wish it. Do it.

Making life happen instead of waiting for life to happen is a choice.  Time does not stop for anyone, for any reason.  It is up to you and is solely your responsibility to live your life towards the fullest desire you wish to.  For us, we wanted to live the dream  of adventure, culture, tradition, and the opportunity to give our children something greater than we were currently offering them.  It has not been easy, but WOW has it been worth it!

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Like a Local: Khinkali Making at Culinarium

July 11, 2017 — by Mama fish0

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Khinkali Making at Culinarium Cooking School

Beautifully twisted knobs of dough, stuffed with meat and spices, mushrooms, or cheese – this is what was on the menu for our Master Khinkali Making Cooking Class.  Culinarium is Located in a cozy building in the historic center of Tbilisi behind a big yellow door.  As we open the door, we were warmly welcomed by Master Chef (?) and her staff to take part in an exciting local tradition of Khinkali making.

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How to DIY: Homemade Red Wine

November 7, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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Making wine is simple – it happens all on its on.  To our surprise, it’s almost dummy proof as long as you have the basic venues to store and let it do its thing – make wine.  We thought, “With our patio covered in Saperavi grapes, why not give winemaking a shot?”   The worse that could happen is…vinegar, right?  Have you ever thought about making your own wine?

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