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Leave your need for control at home?

October 8, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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Other countries, other customs 2/3

In Part 1, after several hours of waiting and a few exchanged SMS messages (yes, a bit vintage here in the Republic of Georgia), Papa Fish arrived home empty handed and the barrier of what I considered “crazy” news.  (insert drum roll here) The news was: On Monday (two days later) we, as in, you and I will need to empty our 20ft container and have all our personal belongings evaluated by a custom’s “expertise”.  I simply just had to laugh and thought he is joking right.  No, he wasn’t.

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“The sweet stomp”

October 1, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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Our first annual grape harvest.

A country house in Tbilisi with a patio covered by dangling white and red grape bundles and the smell of nature, how romantic does that sound?  Lets take that entire romance one step further and let’s make homemade grape juice (or wine if your feeling boozy)!

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Other countries, other customs – Part 1/3

September 21, 2015 — by Mama fish2

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What happens when you pack your own 20ft container?

What happens when you pack your own 20ft container?

Three weeks longer than expected and exactly one month after our arrival to the place we now call home, our beloved belongings have finally arrived.  We were so excited to see our stuff and get it moved into our new house.  What we didn’t know was the 3-day long process that would follow its arrival to the “dry port” Lilo in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Importing your belongs into Georgia Country

Day 1:  Sunny Saturday morning 10:00am
Papa fish jumped into a cab, and drove one hour out of town to where our 20ft container was waiting to be claimed at the by us.  Lilo is located near the international airport on Chimakhuli St.  The kids and myself stayed at home eagerly waiting for our stuff to arrive… NOT.

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Eating well – The “Local” Latte Snack bar

September 11, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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The “Local” Latte Snack bar

I love all these over priced chewy, nutty, fruit-filled snack bars, who doesn’t?  Especially when anything like this is not available, but should/could be.   This is where our adventure began to seek out the SOLO “nuts and dried fruit lady” in the Dezerter Bazaar (aka: fruit and veg market) in Tbilisi, Georgia.

After two metro trains and over 300 kiosk-like stalls selling everything from the moon and back… there she was, the one-stop-shop raw nut and dried fruit lady selling all the basic natural ingredients I would need to make these sweet snack bars from heaven.  I have to admit; I was surprised by the variety she offered.  I even had the opportunity to try dried fruits that I had never tried before.  Like, raspberries or 4 different varieties of plums for example.  Most of the ingredients where locally grown and dried locally, however some were imported from Iran (dates), Kazakhstan (peanuts), and neighboring Turkey (apricots).  Twenty minutes later, I was all stocked up with several half kilos of different nuts and fruits.  Prices ranged from 4 GEL (peanuts, plums, sunflower seeds) to 35 GEL (cashews, almonds, raspberries).

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Out and about: Vake Park

August 30, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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Vake Park - Fun day

I have a love /dislike relationship with Summer. I love summer because, in my mind, I feel like I will have more time to play with my children, BBQ chicken, eat peaches, and lie in the sun by a pool or river. Ha ha… then reality sets in and I realize, wait I dislike summer. Nothing in my normal routine has changed. I still have work. I still have my homemaker responsibilities. I still have seeming no time for fun and now an added stress of two children to entertain. It’s all in the mind (and maybe a bit more organization), I promise you.

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City Tour in Tbilisi

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Honey, we’re healthy and buzzing with life

August 27, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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Honey, we’re healthy and buzzing with life

Like any new place, we are curious and buzzing with life. Today, the art of discovery has lead us towards one of the sweetest finds since arriving in Tbilisi, Georgia. Everyday on the way to school we have passed a Little pink sign which reads, “Honey”. After one week, we finally went in.

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Honey Shop in Tbilisi

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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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30 days in Philippines

May 25, 2015 — by Mama fish2

In 2013 we decided a family vacation on the beach was just the adventure we were looking for. Naturally, no just any beach would do. Here are some of the requirements that needed to be fulfilled for us, as we considered the perfect paradise destination:

  • Off the beaten path was a must. Not only for less tourist , but for authenticity as well.

  • Not very expensive, but a high value for the money spent is important. We like to have the choice to splurge, not the reverse.

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Travel Kit

April 27, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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First Aid Kit to travel

The first aid kit for a hiker or climber is normal to have in the backpack. For a traveler, it is equally important, yet often overlooked. Everyone should carry a first aid kit, varying in size and content, depending on travel destination and duration. Since having children, naturally our “health kit” has adjusted the needs of not only ourselves, but our children.

Previous analysis

Before any trip, you must check: what is the availability of medicine in the country or countries. What possible diseases can be contracted? Are there any obvious possible injuries that may occur due to the activities to be performed (e.g. hiking).

It is not the same when one is traveling in Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Georgia or France. If traveling within the European Union or North America countries, drugs are easily accessible. As well as doctors and hospitals. Furthermore, in certain countries of Africa, it may be required to petition a doctor by helicopter or a long distant drive of up to 200km for appropriate medical treatment.

BASIC TRAVEL KIT

If you are planning a trip to the USA, European Union countries, and/or a main city-like village not too far from civilization, your minimum First Aid should include:

  • Paracetamol

  • Children Paracetamol

  • Ibuprofen

  • Cotton

  • Scissors

  • Bandaids

  • Antiseptic

  • Scissors (may be taken at airport control if not checked in)

  • Tweezers

  • Saline eye drops

  • Digital thermometer

ADVANCES TRAVEL KIT

If you are planning to travel in a country with more risk and less health care, additionally include:

  • Disposable latex-free gloves

  • Adhesive bandages, multiple sizes

  • Gauze

  • Adhesive tape

  • Elastic bandage wrap

  • 1% hydro-cortisone cream

  • Anti fungal and antibacterial cream

  • Insect repellent (if the country has mosquitoes)

  • Water purification tablets (you never know when you will need them)

  • Antihistamine tablets

  • Tablets for light diarrhea

  • Antibiotics for severe diarrhea or other sever infection

  • Serum oral re-hydration (in case of diarrhea)

  • Antimalarial medications (in case you need it)

 

Having a good First Aid kit can be the bombshell or deal breaker of your adventurous family vacation. Whether you choose to bring the minimum or the maximum health care products for both you and and you children, be sure to maintain good rest, hydrated, and up to date products (frequently check and replace goods as necessary). What other products has your family found useful or an absolute life saver when traveling with your kids.

Thanks to Christina Xu for the picture of the First aid Kit

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Tours in Lagodekhi

April 25, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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HIKING  and BACKRIDING HORSE TOURS

 

We have collected some useful information for hiking or backriding in the Lagodekhi Nature Reserve and in the Lagodekhi Managed Reserve. Our intention is to help promote green tourism in this area and help visitors organized in advance their visit.

Map of Lagodekhi National Park or nature reserve, Georgia
Map of the Lagodekhi Nature reserve and the Lagodekhi Managed Reserve, Georgia

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