Here I am at a very lovely Orthodox Church called Sameba (the 3rd tallest Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in the world and certainly a source of national pride) in Tbilisi, Georgia.
In the course of 6 months, I…
somewhat learned 2 new alphabets
almost died going through the icy mountains from Tbilisi to Kutaisi with a rather crazy driver
cut off my long hair for the first time
took 9 shots of vodka at a party in the middle-of-nowhere, Armenia
snuck into a amusement park late at night
climbed the very old, very tall, and very about-to-fall-apart funicular railway in Tbilisi
visited Abkhazia and South Ossetia despite being told not to
got yelled at for taking photos of border signs
got 2 marraige proposals from two different Georgian grandmothers on behalf of their grandsons
learned to “Cossack” dance
spoke a language of RussoEnglishGeorgiArmenianHandGesturesAndHugs
I am sure there is more. Posting because nostalgia. :/ These are all some good reasons to travel if you can. I did not even go very far, only a long bus ride from my grandparents home. And if you can travel but are afraid, I hope that you will feel better knowing that I’ve made some pretty terrible and incautious life decisions and I survived! ;)
(my only regret is not sending a letter of the details of some of the aforementioned things along with an explanation that i converted to orthodox christianity with this photo and sent it to my family. :P )
It’s not really a regret, more of a surprise but I actually did not hike to Chechnya but i did think about it.. once… or twice.