Home is a sacred place. It’s a physical abode where one is ‘safe” from the bustle of the outside world. As well as an internal place where one freely feels whole, can rest, and let their dreams run free. Why should these essentials change when we are traveling?
How to rent an apartment in Tbilisi for under 1000$
Now that you’ve decided to move to Tbilisi, Georgia, let the house hunt begin. This is what we thought. Ha ha… After our first searches we thought, how are we going to afford the rent in this “developing” country. Don’t let the high prices put you off; it’s all just a crazy price posted on their house rental ad. Everything is negotiable, and you should negotiate towards the correct price, 30-50% less.
You should negotiate towards the correct price, 30-50% less.
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Georgia to Armenia by Train
After being in Georgia for more than a month, we decided to visit Armenia for two weeks.
We arrived in Yerevan by the famous Tbilisi Yerevan train . Here is the process cross borders between Georgia and Armenia.
We bought the tickets 2 days in advance. The day we were in the Central Train Station, we had the opportunity to take the train the next day, but we had to pay first class. First class offers 2 sharing a cabin and second class 4 sharing a cabin. Since we were 4, we decided to wait two more days. The girl at the ticket office spoke English sufficiently to inform us with the necessary information we needed. You can pay with cash or by credit card . You will need to present your passports to verify the train tickets are yours with correct names and ages stated on each of the tickets. You can also book your tickets online, up to 15 days in advance. However, the website is not very friendly or easy to navigate. We were traveling in high season (July) and were told it would not be easy to get tickets within the same week we wanted to travel. Though the train was very full, if you are flexible by one day or two, you should have no problem getting a cabin on the train.