December 2016

Average Salary in Georgia 2016 - $ 389

Published: 31 December, 2016 seen 4,086 Living in Georgia

Average salary in the Republic of Georgia at the end of the second quarter (Q2) of 2016 was GEL 1035.98 equaling about USD 389. For the simplicity of further written and calculated, here is the exchange rates I used from Bank of Georgia website on December 14, 2016. USD to GEL: 2.6599 EUR to GEL: 2.8222 If measuring in actual increase that is a huge increase by more than GEL 200 from GEL 773 in 2013. If converted to US dollars that is a drop from $442 in 2013. The truth, as I believe, is somewhere in the middle.  One thing haven't changed, thus -  inequality on how many receives male and…

Moss Airport, Rygge, Norway

Published: 30 December, 2016 seen 234 Airports

Moss airport Rygge officially marks my first entry point to Norway in Summer 2016. Unfortunately, or for good,  Rygge airport has been shut down to all civilian traffic on November 1, 2016. We arrived here from Malaga by Ryanair cheap flight and stayed overnight in Oslo, to return back and have a flight to Riga next morning. Moss Airport, Rygge  was an international airport serving Moss, Oslo and Eastern Norway. It is located in Rygge, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) outside Moss and 60 kilometres (37 mi) outside Oslo. It also served as a regional airport for Østfold county and owned and was operated…

Construction Materials Arrives (aerated concrete blocks and other goodies)

Published: 29 December, 2016 seen 47 Home Remodeling

That day finally came - construction materials arrived.  We paused our construction works for about a month, because of a simple reason - lack of funds, or more precisely slow bank transfers, we did spent a lovely July harvesting mushrooms and even spent three days traveling around neighboring Lithuania to celebrate my birthday. One thing made me worried - it was already second half of August and we still hadn't started works on rebuilding walls for our old log house. Haven't I mentioned - we are replacing log walls with aerated concrete blocks) I ordered these blocks at the first day I got…

Katskhi Monastery of Nativity of the Savior

Published: 28 December, 2016 seen 139 Churches and Monasteries

Don't be surprised of the name Katskhi, this is a church located some 2km from the famous Katskhi pillar in Georgia. The Katskhi Monastery of Nativity of the Savior, more commonly known as the Katskhi Monastery is a medieval monastery in Georgia, located in the village of Katskhi near the town of Chiatura. It was built at the behest of the Baguashi family in the period of 988–1014. The church building is noted for a hexagonal design and rich ornamentation. Closed down by the Soviet government in 1924, the monastery was revived in 1990 and is now operated by the Eparchy of Sachkhere and…

Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport

Published: 27 December, 2016 seen 89 Airports

Málaga Airport, officially Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid–Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. It is an important airport for Spanish tourism as it is the main international airport serving the Costa del Sol. It is 8 km (5.0 mi) southwest of Málaga and 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Torremolinos. The airport has flight connections to over 60 countries worldwide, and over 14.4 million passengers passed through it in 2015. Our latest trip to Spain (region of Andalusia) started an ended here at Malaga airport. We arrived here from Berlin Schönefeld…

Pouring Concrete Footing

Published: 26 December, 2016 seen 53 Home Remodeling

Right, today I found a fix to the issue we discovered earlier this summer - missing foundation for the some parts of our rural house. Some few days ago I bough a concrete mixer, gravel was already waiting to be mixed with concrete, now it was time to pour in footing for the missing part. All setup Concrete mixer, wheelbarrow with gravel, a shovel. yes pretty much the basics for mixing the concrete. Simple template for foundation Now its time to pour in a base footing, itš a bout 90 cm width and about 30 cm height. Latter on that we will continue to pour in foundation.It's just a footing to…

Christmas Cooking Photo Session in The Kitchen - Olivie salads, Pirozhki and of course Pizza

Published: 25 December, 2016 seen 127 Food blogger

That time of the year have come and for the rare time this year I was actually operating with camera in our kitchen - in today's special Christmas menu - our "traditional Georgian Christmas" table - salad Olivie, pirozhki and of course that tasty pizza.  It was that time of the year when again I installed a tripod, put a telephoto lens and decided to shoot macro's.  Christmas time during our expat time in Georgia have always marked two essential things to do - first to visit annul Christmas charity fair and  second, on Christmas eve to cook something cool. Like we have baked gingerbreads,…

Katskhi Pillar

Published: 25 December, 2016 seen 483 Tourism objects

The Katskhi pillar is a natural limestone monolith located at the village of Katskhi in western Georgian region of Imereti, near the town of Chiatura. It is approximately 40 metres (130 ft) high, and overlooks the small river valley of Katskhura, a right affluent of the Q'virila. If you have seen those amazing video clips about Georgia, you have most probably noticed this interesting object at some of them. It took me more than five years since I have been living in Georgia to actually visit it. Frankly speaking I have wanted to see Katskhi pillar since day one I arrived to Georgia, but…

Hotel Zen Airport Torremolinos, Spain

Published: 24 December, 2016 seen 72 Hotel reviews

Hotel Zen is a 3-star hotel located in Torremolinos, Spain - a good location, pretty close to the Malaga airport. We booked Hotel Zen as our last hotel during our week long travels in Spain before departing to Oslo, Norway. This property is 16 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring a heated outdoor pool and 2 terraces, Hotel Zen Airport is located in Torremolinos. This hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. A free airport and beach shuttle service is available. Hotel Zen offers free shuttle service to airport and to/from beaches. We checked in early and decided to use free shuttle…

Bad Discovery - Missing foundation for house

Published: 23 December, 2016 seen 88 Home Remodeling

Today I decided to keep digging trench around existing house fundament to prepare works for upcoming concreting works. Yesterday I bough a concrete mixer and mixed first test of concrete, load of gravel were already waiting and of course a sacks of cement were bought. It was just a matter of shovel and hand work. And then the bad news came - our house is partly missing foundation.  It turned out that at the end of house, there is no foundation at all, for about 2,5 meters. Well that makes things a little bit complicated, as I need to lay down the foundation at this part of the house from a…

Samtavisi Cathedral

Published: 22 December, 2016 seen 252 Churches and Monasteries

Samtavisi is an eleventh-century Georgian Orthodox cathedral in eastern Georgia, in the region of Shida Kartli, some 45km from the nation’s capital Tbilisi. The cathedral is now one of the centers of the Eparchy of Samtavisi and Gori of the Georgian Orthodox Church. We discovered this church during our recent trip to town of Chiatura. My driver told me, this church seems to him as a copy of Kashveti church in Tbilisi. Although, recently Mikheil contacted me and told following: Actually, it is vice versa (and makes an interesting story in itself): the current Kashveti church, built in 1904-…

Lazy Day in Beach (Torremolinos, Spain)

Published: 21 December, 2016 seen 103

It was on our last day from trip to Spain (region of Andalusia). Our trip ended at the same point where it started at Malaga, or more precisely at Torremolinos. We checked in at hotel, left our belongings at went to spend this afternoon at beach, turns out we have visited this same beach some 7 days ago already, see Playamar beach in Torremolinos. I took the telephoto lens and experimented kind of portrait photography (wide aperture, blurry background e.t.c). Not many portraits actually but some cool mood photography. White sands, blue sky and many palm trees Spain is definitely a true…

Concrete Mixer FXA 130L

Published: 20 December, 2016 seen 116 Home Remodeling

Another addition to my home remodeling tools collection has arrived (been bought at local DIY store) - concrete mixer FXA 130L - with help of what I'm planing to concrete fundament for our rural house.  Concrete mixer is a must have tool for any self home builder and I would say it should be featured at any rural house. Concrete mixer is the second useful tool after a trimmer purchase this year. FXA 130 liter concrete mixer unpacked Huge was my joy after this purchase, now was time to set it up - what seemed an easy task to handle turned out to be a rocket science. Installing concrete mixer…

Bulachauri restaurant

Published: 19 December, 2016 seen 333 Restaurant reviews

Bulachauri restaurant probably is the restaurant I have visited the most - unfortunately I have never paid attention to the name of this place - I always know, that's that restaurant we always take meals when hiring our driver for trips to region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti. Probably this is our driver's most favorite dining place.  I wanted to change this and ad this restaurant to the blog - so last time I visited this place I paid very much attention to remember the name of this place- here you go - Bulauchari restaurant. Simple. The village is named Bulachauri, so do the restaurant is named after…

Hotel Los Dolmenes in Antequera, Spain

Published: 18 December, 2016 seen 56 Hotel reviews

Hotel Los Dolmenes in Antequera is among my favorite hotels I have stayed so far.  We booked this hotel during our latest trip in Spain (a week in Andalusia) in June 2016. Set in the olive grove, close to the El Torcal this is a really valuable hotel deal. We paid less than EUR 40 per night here (breakfast and free parking included) Hotel Los Dolmenes Set around a traditional Andalusian courtyard, the rooms at Los Dólmenes come with wooden floors, a terrace, flat-screen TV and plenty of natural light. Each one comes with a private bathroom including a hairdryer and bath tub. Our room Los…

3 Day Trip Across Lithuania

Published: 17 December, 2016 seen 487 Travel guides

Traditions should be respected. For the third year in a row I have been celebrating my birthday at one of the former Soviet Union member country's capital city. Year ago, I spent awesome birthday in Tallinn (Estonia) and two years ago in Yerevan, Armenia.  It was planned to visit Minsk (Belarus) for this year, but instead of Minsk, my better part took me on a lovely three day ride across Lithuania, reaching Vilnius (capital of Lithuania) in a second day. Now, another year, another awesome birthday - rural tourism with urban dressing! Not to speak more, here are TOP 17 sites we visited during…

Bazaleti Lake in Georgia

Published: 16 December, 2016 seen 447 Lakes

The Bazaleti Lake is a lake in eastern Georgia some 60 km northwest of the nation's capital Tbilisi and 5 km south of the town of Dusheti. It is used for fish culture, irrigation, and recreation. The nearby village and the historical district around the lake are also known as Bazaleti. I had heard about Bazaleti lake before and thought there are some recreational facilities built around it. In fact, kind of, there are some buildings and even some restaurants. Thus when I first visited it, after returning from Vazha Pshavela house museum in Chargali in November 2016, I found just a lot wind…

El Torcal de Antequera

Published: 15 December, 2016 seen 116 Tourism objects

El Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga off the A45 road in Andalusia, Spain. It is known for its unusual landforms, and is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe.  It was on our day 4th or 5th in Spain (traveling around region of Andalusia), when El Torcal de Antequera popped on our radar. It was not easy to get there for us, see: In The Searches For El Torcal - Wilderness in Spain, but after all we made it. It was already getting late, and I rushed to make the most of…

Motel Istros Aviaparkas

Published: 14 December, 2016 seen 74 Hotel reviews

Motel Istros Aviaparkas is among the strangest and definitely the most solitary hotel I have ever stayed. Located some 4 kilometers from town of Panevezys in Lithuania. It was the evening of my 31st birthday and we returned home from our three day trip around Lithuania. Tired. After checking few rural houses in the vicinity we decided hell - let's sleep among helicopters and Old Soviet war planes. Old Soviet war planes Located just some 500 meters from Via Baltica route (E67) - this hotel/motel kind of offers WI-FI, a TV set (with mostly Persian language channels) and not the best quality…

Vazha Pshavela House Museum in Chargali

Published: 13 December, 2016 seen 479 Museums

Vazha Pshavela house museum in Chargali features objects connected with life and work of well-known Georgian son and poet Vazha-Pshavela (1861-1915). Various publications of poet's works, paintings, graphics, sculptures and photographs are featured here. What makes this place important? Not to mention that Vazha Pshavela is one of the well-known Georgian poets (obliviously) - The Big Head in the front of entrance of this museum. The Big Head - Sculpture of Vazha Pshavela  Vazha Pshavela House Museum in Chargali About Vazha Pshavela Vazha-Pshavela, simply referred to as Vazha is the pen name…

How To Unsubscribe From Web Push Notifications

Published: 12 December, 2016 seen 387 Blogging

In case you are reading this - most probably I have just sent you a link here. In this article I will explain how to unsubscribe from notifications sent by ReinisFischer.com or (hopefully) from another website sending you push notifications.  Why are you receiving push notifications from me or any other website? Chances are by 99.9% you have chose opt-in to receive them by visiting and reading some of the articles here or on the other site you are willing to unsubscribe. Web push notifications are relatively new marketing channel, promising for marketers higher open rates than traditional e-…

Top 20 Hot Laptops Models To Buy In 2020

Published: 12 December, 2016 seen 88,388 Online Shopping

In 2020 we will use more powerful and more affordable laptops than ever. Here are few patterns I see evolving next year - RAM will increase to 16GB and more in 2020, making those with 8GB and less RAM even more cheaper. Larger disk storage - 1TB should be the new standard. Many laptops already feature storage of 1TB, on the other hand, notebooks with storage less than 1TB (read 500GB or 250GB) means cheaper prices. Faster and more efficient processors - although Intel Core i7 have been around a corner for a while already, in 2020 it will continue to dominate, though Intel Core i9 seems will…

In The Searches For El Torcal - Wilderness in Spain

Published: 11 December, 2016 seen 113

In the searches for el Torcal is a story worth to mention and complement with amazing (IMHO) travel photography - say - Wilderness of Spain Earlier today I practiced for the first time as a bird photographer, see Flamingo Lagoon near Fuente de Piedra in Spain, while searching for flamingos, we marked another tourism object to visit today - El Torcal de Antequera, mainly important because of possible great photography of rocks.  We checked in at amazing hotel in a olive grove, which turned out to be just some 12km from El Torcal. Right, after a quick shower - let's drive there. In short -…

IKEA Shopping in Vilnius, Lithuania

Published: 10 December, 2016 seen 525 Shopping Venues

IKEA store has been opened in Vilnius city already in 2013. This place is very popular among local and neighboring shopping travelers - Belarus and Latvia. There is no surprise seeing shoppers from Belarus here, as Minsk is less than 200km from Vilnius. Latvians? Well they just love shopping in Vilnius. It was my birthday, we were at Vilnius, after spending few hours wandering around Old Town - idea visiting IKEA arrived. Unfortunately we hadn't  no idea where this store is actually located as we are not familiar with topography of Vilnius. No TomTom's here. We got a small tourist map (…

Wilderness in Georgia

Published: 9 December, 2016 seen 115

During my long stay in Georgia I have documented a lot of Tbilisi restaurants, Georgian hotels, even museums, but little to nothing I have covered about wilderness in Georgia. Wilderness, in fact, makes this country among the most beautiful countries in the world. Georgia is literally surrounded by wilderness, mountains, rivers, and a shepherd forcing his sheep from one mountain meadow to other (most probably crossing Georgian military road).  In today's Piece of Life series a little wilderness from Georgia (on the way to Vazha Pshavala house museum in Chargali) Shepherd forcing sheep in…

How to Import Canon DSLR .mov Files Into Adobe Premiere Pro CS4

Published: 8 December, 2016 seen 16,491 Digital Photography School

In this article you will learn how to import Canon DSLR .mov files into video editing software Adobe Premiere CS 4 and how to possibly deal with a choppy playback.  It's all about codecs when dealing with video editing. If you don't have right codecs CS4 wont recognize videos shot with a Canon DSLR (Although, never version should). One of the simplest ways to make Adobe Premiere CS 4 to recognize .mov files is by simply installing QuickTime player. After you have installed QuickTime just restart Adobe Premiere Pro and you should be able to import and edit your video's. The chances are you…

Flamingo Lagoon near Fuente de Piedra in Spain

Published: 7 December, 2016 seen 363 Tourism objects

I'm not into bird photography at all, but idea visiting one of the Worlds largest Flamingo lagoons today sounded great. We were on our 4th or 5th day traveling around region of Andalusia in Spain. Somehow small town of Fuente de Piedra popped up in our radar (well, obliviously because of flamingos) and my first bird photography session begun. Keep on reading to learn how it failed after all. Visitor center There is a visitor center named after José Antonio Valverde The Visitors Centre has a reception for information, restrooms, gift shop and vending area. Also free 2 exhibition room and a 12…

Osteria de Luca Italian Restaurant in Vilnius

Published: 6 December, 2016 seen 259 Restaurant reviews

Osteria de Luca is an Italian restaurant located in the Old town of Vilnius, Lithuania. During my latest visit here in August 2016, they served delicious Italian cuisine, I tried a wrapped pizza - intrigue and amazing. I got the feelings they have taken all the best ingredients straight from the Italy. I love Italian cuisine, and especially pizzas, once my better part and me, we visited Italy especially for Pizza tourism, gosh we tried so many Osteria's, prosciutto's and of course Pizza's. I made a lot of Italian restaurant reviews back then. Restaurant Antica Drogheria in Lucca, Italy near…

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime (SM-G532F) Cell Phone Review

Published: 5 December, 2016 seen 24,587 Gadget Reviews

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime smartphone is a budget smartphone on steroids - priced at about $130.00 on Amazon. Although the smartphone era have been around for a decade already, I bought my first smartphone just about 2 and half year ago, phone that worked great, and actually still does. I'm the person who needs a phone for a few simple reasons -  to call and receive calls, debug and test mobile aps and responsive design, use for administrative tasks (Google Analytics, AdSense, AdWords, Linode Server management) and sometimes to play some simple strategy based game (Age of Civilizations for…

Google AdSense Experiment - Change of Ad Unit Placement and Disabling Personalized Ads to Recover From Ridiculously Low CTR (0,20%)

Published: 4 December, 2016 seen 883 Google Adsense Tips

Soon it will be already three years since Google AdSense units have been featured to this website. In my early days I experimented a lot with AdSense ad unit placements, change of text colors, blending in, blending out and so on. I was eager to increase CTR, CPC, RPM just so more dollars would roll into my bank account. One thing I lacked definitely back in these days and sleepless night - traffic. I started using AdSense for this blog in January 2014. At start I didn't paid much attention on ad unit optimization, it took me some three months before first tune ups.  For the first 4 months CTR…

Day Trip to Tianeti in Georgia

Published: 3 December, 2016 seen 610 Tours in Georgia

Tianeti seems is not among the most popular tourism routes in Georgia, I wonder why. Day trips to Tianeti (region of Mtsketa-Mtianeti) are quite possible and really easy doable.  We agreed not to spend Saturday mornings in the search for the best breakfast menu offers among Tbilisi restaurants, but rather spend our free time much valuable - exploring hidden gems of Georgia. An idea for day trips were born, and it was just a matter of asking my driver, could  he could suggest some simple routes. He suggested. And so in the Saturday's morning we were all setup and our trip started.  Here you go…

TOP 15 Boutique / Luxury Hotels in Vilnius (Lithuania)

Published: 2 December, 2016 seen 437 Hotel reviews

There are at least three reasons to visit Vilnius - exploring Old Town, city walks and of course architecture. To make your stay more comfortable in Lithuanian capital city, in this article you will find TOP 15 boutique / luxury hotels in the Old Town of Vilnius. Vilnius together with other Baltic capitals is not an expensive city, here you will find stunning hotels in price range $100-$200. The Narutis Hotel Located on the main street of Vilnius’s Old Town, The Narutis Hotel features 2 restaurants and a paid spa area with an indoor pool. Internet and parking are free of charge. Each air-…

Restaurant El Arador, Estepa, Spain

Published: 1 December, 2016 seen 52 Restaurant reviews

I just love roadside cafeterias, so did happened today, we left Seville and had a direction towards Granada, after an hour of driving we started to feel hungry, it was lunch time. Luckly Restaurant El Arador popped up.  Restaurante El Arador What to order in a typical Spanish restaurant? How about a fresh orange juice and a chorizo?  French fries, chorizo and orange juice