Digital Detox in the Village

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As we’re leaving for Germany this week, Shota and I ran off to Kakheti again last weekend to refresh and, of course, visit his sister.

The magical thing about venturing outside of Tbilisi is that you may as well be stepping back in time. Donkeys pull wooden carts loaded with fresh veg, plump pigs wait patiently outside butchers shops and groups of old men play checkers to pass the time.

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Ten things that made me happy this week!

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This week has been full of me trying to get organised so I’ve been making lists left, right and center. I’ve decided to sell some old fashion and design books I have at home as well as starting to use my other lens on my camera. So next time I’m home I’ll swap that and I’ll promise you higher-quality photos on here from there on after!

Despite the list-making (which does make me quite happy actually) I’ve been finding comfort in some other things too:

1: Pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin everything!

2: The lady who beamed at me in a shop for telling her that, thank you, I don’t want a bag.

3: An offer to be in a book which focuses on women who have traveled and lived abroad in their twenties! I’ll share when it’s published of course.

4: How happy the local dogs are to see me. I’ll pretend I’m just that likable but really it’s because I feed them…

5: Free tickets to the Tiger Lillies tonight! I’m excited, anything that involves the words ‘Brechtian Punk Caberet’ and ‘Pre-war Berlin’ is fine by me! My friend saw them in London and said it was a real show, like huge performances, dancing, costumes and comedy.

6: Yellow leaves against blue skies.

7: Speaking very bad Georgian in front of a bus load of people which provoked a man saying to his son to make sure he learns English well. Our neighbour works as a bus conductor and always wants to chat, which is entertainment for everyone else who rarely encounter foreigners, let alone foreigners attempting to speak Georgian.

8: Tea houses.

9: Face highlighter. I bought a tiny light gold and brown eyeshadow set and ended up using it as highlighter which looked amazing. I can see why people get addicted to it!

10: Julia Roberts. I watched Pretty Woman last night after too much human interaction during the day. So cheesy but my god, isn’t she the cutest?

How was your week? Tell me all about it!

Tips for Frugal/ Zen Living


Living in Georgia has been really enlightening regarding minimalist living and being more in touch with nature.

I’m highly conscious of my body and what I put in and on it, as well as learning to read signs of anxiousness and stress before it becomes a problem. I think a lot of this is to do with simplifying everything. Learning to understand the importance of space and comfort as well as knowing how to refresh and realign perspective when everything seems a bit overwhelming.

As Morris says, “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Maybe it’s the time of year, seasons change and preparation for mental hibernation begins. The weather forces us to spend more time alone and inside and to face our thoughts. My autumn cleanse starts with my physical surroundings. Everything should be spacious, clean and comforting if there’s any chance of my brain feeling the same.

As I’m preparing to move to Berlin very soon, I’m quite conscious of bringing my newly-learnt skills and mentality with me to a more developed, bigger city in the hope of maintaining this holistic, Thoreau-esque thing I’ve got going on.

So here’s a list of various habits I’ve developed which not only save me money but also ensure that I’m surrounded by a relaxing and healthy environment.

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