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Life as a trailing spouse in the Foreign Service. Currently: Tbilisi, Georgia Visit my blog at www.latitudewattitude.com for more of my adventures!

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Top 10 Telework Tips - Latitude with Attitude

Top 10 Telework Tips - Latitude with Attitude

Since moving to Tbilisi in July 2018, I have been teleworking full time. While this isn’t a terribly long period, I know, I feel like after a year-and-a-half of working from home I’ve developed a bit of a tips and tricks list in my head, but I’m never able to accurately articulate everything I want [...]

Vardzia Cave City - Latitude with Attitude Cave City, Go Skiing, Underground Cities, 12th Century, Ancient Civilizations, Attitude, Georgia, Scenery, Around The Worlds

Vardzia Cave City - Latitude with Attitude

This past weekend we were supposed to go skiing, but Mother Nature had other plans. It hasn’t snowed much in Georgia this winter – there’s barely enough snow in Gudauri for a decent base layer let alone proper skiing. Since our time here may be running thin (long story) we oped out of so-so ski [...]

Stunning winter photos of Mount Kazbegi. A perfect weekend getaway from Tbilisi for expats and tourists. Caucasus Mountains, Outside Room, Little Camera, On A Clear Day, Winter Photos, The Last Time, Weekend Getaways, Serenity, Attitude

Mount Kazbegi - Latitude with Attitude

This past weekend we were invited to a last-minute quick trip to one of my favorite places in Georgia: Stepantsminda. When we visited this idyllic valley in June we did a ton of hiking, and the shy but stunning Mount Kazbei was completely obscured by clouds and fog. This time around we didn’t set a [...]

Tbilisi Christmas Lights - Latitude with Attitude Orthodox Calendar, Christmas Lights, Merry Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Attitude, Georgia, Christmas Rope Lights, Mindset, Merry Christmas Love

Tbilisi Christmas Lights - Latitude with Attitude

Today is Orthodox Christmas, so I thought it would be fitting to briefly talk about Tbilisi at Christmastime. We were a bit bummed when planning our failed R&R and then our impromptu trip to Helsinki and Stockholm that we would miss out on the spectacular Christmas season here at home. However, since Georgia is on [...]

Let’s PCS While Pregnant in a Pandemic! - Latitude with Attitude

Let's PCS While Pregnant in a Pandemic! - Latitude with Attitude

A month from now we will be a few days from my 31st birthday. We will be well into fall and pumpkin spice and apple season. We will be about four weeks away from baby girl’s arrival. We will also be back in Maryland. It’s hard to believe we are a few weeks away from [...]

Top 10 Georgian Souvenirs - Latitude with Attitude

Top 10 Georgian Souvenirs - Latitude with Attitude

A guide to the best souviniers from an expat in Tbilisi, Georiga inlcuding enamel, tablecloths, pottery, Caucasian carpets, jewelry, and more.

Lagodekhi: Hiking and Glamping in Kakheti - Latitude with Attitude Waterfall Hikes, Hotel Staff, Outside World, Beautiful Forest, Round Trip, Autumn Trees, Glamping, How To Fall Asleep, Perfect Place

Lagodekhi: Hiking and Glamping in Kakheti - Latitude with Attitude

Our time in Georgia is running so thin! I know I keep saying that but considering I need to be on a plane headed home no later than September 16 we only have about 6-8 weeks left to explore this country. It’s time to take one more trip, go on one more hike, and tick [...]

Five Days in Svaneti - Latitude with Attitude The Next Three Days, Day Off Work, Georgian Architecture, Roadside Attractions, New Property, Far Away, World Heritage Sites, Day Trip, North West

Five Days in Svaneti - Latitude with Attitude

Svaneti is one of those far-away places that is a bit difficult to get to, but an absolute must-see if you have the time. As expats who have lived here two years, I feel like we had no excuse to miss this little corner of Georgia. We took a few days off work, grabbed a [...]

Body and Baby - Latitude with Attitude

Body and Baby - Latitude with Attitude

This will come as a surprise to anyone who doesn’t know me in real life: I’m currently six months pregnant. I’ve chosen to keep my pregnancy off the blog for a few reasons that I may discuss at a later date. For anyone curious: I’m due in October. It’s a little girl. We are extremely [...]

A personal expat account in Georgia of living through the pandemic. Between Friends, Do You Know What, Vulnerability, Attitude, The Past, About Me Blog, Positivity, Times, Mindset

Life in the Times of COVID-19 - Latitude with Attitude

Have you guys heard? There’s a pandemic going on and its name is COVID-19. Of course, you know that. Every company you’ve ever given your address to is sending out “Our Response to COVID-19” emails just about every day. I’m so glad to know cupcake shops, clothing stores, and sports teams are handling the virus. [...]

A hiking day trip near Tbilisi in Bevreti with a stop at the nunnery. Near Lisi Lake. White Crosses, Favorite Pastime, Pathways, Getting Out, Attitude, Remote, Hiking, Adventure, Park

Bevreti Hike - Latitude with Attitude

One thing Sean and I love to do, but don’t do nearly enough, is hiking. I’m not sure exactly why we are bad at practicing one of our favorite pastimes – perhaps we are inherently lazy, or maybe it’s sheer exhaustion from a long week of work – but this past weekend after a rather [...]

How to make Georgian dumplings (khinkali). Cooking class at the Agricultural University of Georgia. Georgian Food, Marriage Material, Stuffed Mushrooms, Stuffed Peppers, First Bite, Falling Apart, Cooking Classes, Dumplings, Deli

Khinkali Cooking Class - Latitude with Attitude

One of my absolute favorite Georgian foods is khinkali. While the name is unique to Georgia, of course, the concept is fairly universal: delicious dumplings. I grew up eating the Polish version – pierogi – and have fond memories of going to the Polish deli with my parents and then frying them up on the [...]

Stop Commenting on Pregnant Bodies - Latitude with Attitude

Stop Commenting on Pregnant Bodies - Latitude with Attitude

Making comments about how a pregnant person looks can be very damaging even when they are well-intentioned.

What Month Is It? - Latitude with Attitude

What Month Is It? - Latitude with Attitude

An expat tries to wrap her head around returning to the States in the midst of a pandemic, pregnancy, and crazy PCS season.

Caucasian Carpets Gallery - Latitude with Attitude

Caucasian Carpets Gallery - Latitude with Attitude

A review of Caucasian Carpets Gallery from an expat in Tbilisi, Georgia. This is the premier spot in town for all sorts of oriental carpets.

Tales from Packout 2020 - Latitude with Attitude

Tales from Packout 2020 - Latitude with Attitude

Yesterday and today we (well, our excellent team of movers) packed up our little life in Tbilisi for our move home. This is now our fourth PCS/overseas move, and while some aspects get much easier – we have our air shipment down – other things stay the same level of weird and difficult. It’s always [...]