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How to rent an apartment in Tbilisi

October 12, 2015 — by Big Fish5

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Arriving in Tbilisi (PII)

March 9, 2015 — by Big Fish0

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How to get to and from Tbilisi airport to the Tbilisi city centre

In Part one (P1) we disccussed the different options on how to arrive to Tbilisi, Georgia. In this second part, we are going to describe the process of how to arrive to the city centre of Tbilisi.

When you arrive at Tbilisi Airport, you can choose different options to yourself and/or family to the city centre:

By Car:

You will head (north/west) down Aveniu George W. Bush until you arrive into Tbilisi. This trip will take you around around 30 min.

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Arriving in Tbilisi (P I)

March 7, 2015 — by Big Fish1

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Start planning your family holiday in Tbilisi - Georgia

Welcome to the city where old georgian history meets a film-like scene.   The city is lined with beautiful streets, charming cafes and something beyond words which will truly capture your heart.   The Georgian tourist board got it right when the dubbed their city with this tagling: ” Tbsilisi Loves You”.

By Car:

By any of the roads which connect with Georgia (country) to Turkey/ Armenia/ and Azerbaijan. Keep in mind, Turkey does not have direct road connections with Armenia. And Armenia does not have road connections with Azerbaijan. Road conditions are good and expect to find vendors of fruit on the sides of the road for purchase.

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