I’ve been in the best mood all week. The sun is shining, the birds are singing.. And everything is falling in to place! It’s been quite a busy week but I’m really starting to feel like I’m growing as a person here. The benefits of living abroad, and in such a different culture to the one I was raised in, are starting to show. As much as I’m living here with Shota, I feel more confident and independent than I’ve ever been!
1: A Thai food discovery which you can read more about in this post. I’m still reeling from how good it was and avoiding the temptation to live there…
2: Rediscovering The Cuban Brothers! Perfect for summer and I brought up some repressed memories of their live performance where they ended up naked and sliding around on their bellies…
3: Interesting conversation. I dunno, it’s been a while since I got into such a fascinating conversation that didn’t stop for several hours. You leave feeling so refreshed and enlightened!
4: Managing to navigate my way through Tbilisi with taxis and marshrutkas. I’m still not over my fear of being kidnapped everytime I step inside a taxi, especially when they interrogate me, but so far so good. I’ve even managed to haggle the price a little too.
5: Finding some time for reading is always nice, even more so when the weather is good and time seems to stand still for you.
6: Discovering new areas. Since I’m working in a new area now, I’ve taken some time to walk around and find new things like little parks and cafes. Just when I thought I’d sussed Tbilisi, it surprises me with frozen yogurt cafes and Ukrainian delis!
7: Ordering tickets to see Placebo at Tbilisi Open Air Festival! Placebo have been one of my favourite bands since I was about 11 years old and I was fortunate enough to see them in Brixton in 2012 with my brother. I couldn’t believe that they’d come to Tbilisi though so bought a ticket immediately. Just 50GEL for all the bands in the festival that day – amazing!
8: I finally bought the skirt I’ve been coveting for a while. It’s just the prettiest colour and such a practical material for this time of year where it can still get a bit windy!
9: Catching up with my friend and her adorable baby. She completely understands how it is to be here and gets just as excited about the cafes and dogs as I do.
10: I have to mention the shmoogs of Tbilisi again, of course. They’re just so jolly. Speaking of which, a new Facebook page has been created for the ‘Dogs of Tbilisi‘, take a look!
How has your week been? What’s something that made you smile?