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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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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 fish4

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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Family Travel Insurance

May 8, 2015 — by Big Fish0

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Family Travel Insurance

As we have always said, there is no completely safe journey. However, by properly setting your exciting family adventure up to be as stress free as possible, will help in case of any misfortune experiences. Keep in mind, some destinations and activities carry a higher risk than others when planning your travel insurance plan.

If you are planning the ultimate adventure in some remote location on the globe, naturally it is not the same to get yourself or family member to a hospital there as it would be in a more developed location. Reduce the additional “adventure” and pick a plan which includes more extreme measures for these potential higher risks. These plans may include helicopter transport, relocation to another country with more appropriate care, etc. Typically these plans will cover from 10k-50k and will have an additional cost compared to the FREE plan, which only allows up to a couple hundred bucks for care. The flip side is your holiday turns into a multi zero expense and no alternatives around the additional costs. At the end of the day, it is your families health and safety… only the best is best.

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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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Travel Itch

April 22, 2015 — by Mama fish0

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I’ve been feeling quite “itchy” recently. An itch to get back in the kitchen. An itch to go shopping for summer clothes. An itch to be irresponsible and just let things go. More importantly than any of those itches, I have a major itch to pack up the family, hop on a plane, and go somewhere new. Do you ever get this feeling?

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Tbilisi Yerevan Train

March 19, 2015 — by Big Fish0

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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.

Train Tickets

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.

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