January 2017

Blog Traffic and Income Report 2016 - 635,048 Users / $18,586.41

  • Blog Traffic and Income Report 2016 - 635,048 Users / $18,586.41

    Published: 31 January, 2017 seen 1,082 Blogging

    It is just that time of the year  when I'm looking back on previous 2016 year in my blogger's career. In today's article I will reveal some data behind the blog scenes - both traffic and income for the whole year of 2016. This blog now is more than three years old, and for the last three years it has gone a long way, I have developed my writer skills from so so to average, there is still a long way to make them good and polish to perfect. The good news - I have enjoyed blogging process a lot, it have helped me to make new connections, make new friendships and grow me as a personality.  If you…

Top 25 Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Models In 2017

  • Top 25 Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Models In 2017

    Published: 30 January, 2017 seen 13,470 Online Shopping

    Feel it's time to upgrade your old laptop or to buy a brand new - take your chances - technology in recent years have evolved a lot. Amazon is a great place both for research and online purchases. In this article I've listed top 20 best selling laptop and notebook models on Amazon.com for 2017. As technology evolves with a fast speed this article will be updated at least once in the quarter, with next scheduled update in April. Here are some popular laptop brand names in 2017: Lenovo, HP (alternatively see: 17 Best HP Laptops), Dell, Acer, Samsung, ASUS and  Apple. From the point of operating…

Fall Through The Ceiling, Dig a Trench Around Foundations, Stone Wall Concreting

  • Fall Through The Ceiling, Dig a Trench Around Foundations, Stone Wall Concreting

    Published: 29 January, 2017 seen 99 Home Remodeling

    Think I have written about all topics mentioned in title already? You are right, I indeed have, see: Digging a trench around existing foundation, Stone Wall Concreting. But that's just for the other part of house, now we are mowing to other side and repeating most of the works we did on opposite side - we will remove old log walls and replace them with aac blocks, but before that there is still some need to perform preparation works. So what about falling through the ceiling? Yes, indeed, this was one of the scariest days in my life as for the second, while removing some boards from loft, I…

Georgia in Winter (Photos from Tbilisi)

  • Georgia in Winter (Photos from Tbilisi)

    Published: 28 January, 2017 seen 899

    There is a good reason to visit Georgian skiing resorts in Gudauri, Bakuriani or Mestia if you are up to a winter holidays in Georgia. See: Gudauri - Georgian Winter Capital for skiing, snowboarding, paragliding and heli-skiing On the other hand, here at Piece of Life series, we love to feature and document photo stories happening around us. A simple thing like a snow in Tbilisi (which is rare, actually) or Total Lunar Eclipse makes us to leave our cozy apartment and go out and document.  A year ago (January 24, 2016) we featured our first story on snow in Tbilisi See: Tbilisi - Fairyland in…

Kiev Boryspil International Airport

  • Kiev Boryspil International Airport

    Published: 28 January, 2017 seen 255 Airports

    Boryspil International Airport  is an international airport in Boryspil, 29 km  east of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. It is the country's largest airport, serving 65% of its passenger air traffic, including all its intercontinental flights and a majority of international flights. It is one of two passenger airports that serve Kiev along with the smaller Zhulyany Airport. Kiev's Borispol airport marks my first entrance to the Ukrainian land (at the end of December 2016) during connecting flight Tbilisi - Kiev - New York by Ukrainian airlines. Unfortunately our connecting flight to New York was…

Top 10 Plovdiv Hotels in Bulgaria

  • Top 10 Plovdiv Hotels in Bulgaria

    Published: 27 January, 2017 seen 273 Hotel reviews

    For today's article I've decided to take a look on average hotel price in Bulgaria's Plovdiv and also list TOP 10 hotels there based on Booking.com recommendations. Now, just recently I booked my first flight to Sofia (capital of Bulgaria), after that I made some "investigation" what to expect in Bulgaria and crafted an article: Planing a Trip to Bulgaria - Hotels, Car Rental, Things to Do, Places to visit and Let's Buy a House There. In that article I talking about many topics, but one of the first I'm looking to have a nice hotel room both in Sofia and Plovdiv (hopefully with a nice view…

Makhuntseti Arched Bridge

  • Makhuntseti Arched Bridge

    Published: 26 January, 2017 seen 988 Tourism objects

    The Makhuntseti Arched Bridge is located in the village with same name, in the Keda municipality (region of Adjara in Georgia) on Batumi - Khulo road. The bridge is pretty large and holds together on the natural rock stones and lime. The bridge is located above Acharistskali river. Makhuntseti Arched Bridge The horizontal length of the bridge among piers is 19.5 meters. The walkway length is 28.7 meters and the width in the middle is 2.5 meters. The height of the arch from water level is 5.6 meters. The piers of the bridge have no holes. Makhuntseti Arched Bridge There is a small info board…

Waiting For The Water Level To Rise In The Pond

  • Waiting For The Water Level To Rise In The Pond

    Published: 25 January, 2017 seen 103 Home Remodeling

    In the mid Summer 2016, we did a major task - dug a pond, after pond excavation works we were left with a large hole in the middle of our rural property. There are no incoming streams actually which could fill pond faster and we are left with just rain and snow waters. Luckily, there were a lot rain this Summer and our small pond started to fill with water. Pond Lovely evening mood and cat on the inspection walk. Pond seems rather really small from picture above, which is not true in fact,it just has been recently excavated and waiting for water to fill in. It took less than two months and…

About Tbilisi - Kiev - New York Flight by Ukrainian Airlines

  • About Tbilisi - Kiev - New York Flight by Ukrainian Airlines

    Published: 24 January, 2017 seen 265 Travel guides

    In mid-November 2016 I faced an issue which I had to handle in the United States. I had to fly there soon. In the past I have flied twice to the United States, both time leaving from Warsaw, Poland by Polish Airlines LOT and once have returned back via Istanbul using Turkish airlines flight from Houston.  This time I decided to make it happen with less layovers as possible and even smaller waiting times. Our first choice was to fly with Turkish Airlines with connecting flight in Istanbul, the price for two persons round trip (Tbilisi - Istanbul - New York) was nice about $1,200, but it…

Makhuntseti Waterfall

  • Makhuntseti Waterfall

    Published: 23 January, 2017 seen 1,032 Tourism objects

    I was more than sure that the name of this waterfall in Keda municipality (region of Adjara) is Queen Tamar Waterfall, and was surprised latter to learn official name is Makhuntseti Waterfall. No matter of the name, it is just second waterfall I have discovered in Georgia (the other been located behind Tbilisi sulphur baths in Abanotubani district). Waterfalls and water are great for photography. It was in the morning, we left hotel Sputnik in Batumi (in last evening I arranged a taxi driver to take us on the ride to Khulo from Batumi) and this waterfall was our first stop. It was pretty…

The Last Row of Aerated Concrete Blocks Masonry

  • The Last Row of Aerated Concrete Blocks Masonry

    Published: 22 January, 2017 seen 96 Home Remodeling

    Now, it was pretty easy to build first six rows of wall from aerated concrete blocks, see Constructing Wall From AAC blocks + Finishing Foundation Concreting Works for Bathroom, Another Day, Another Wall and Lintel Installation & First Coffee Break. For today's task it was to add last row of aerated concrete blocks, prior to that a  Wall and supporting beams Before adding the last row of aerated concrete blocks I made final strengthening of the upper beams. Pile of aerated concrete blocks In total for this part of house (bathroom) I have spent about 1/4 from the total stocks. Final row…

Travel To The United States Without Visa - Visa Waiver Program / ESTA

  • Travel To The United States Without Visa - Visa Waiver Program / ESTA

    Published: 21 January, 2017 seen 140 Travel guides

    Citizens or nationals of select 38 countries and territories (see list bellow) are eligible to travel visa free to the United States of America under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). In total I have traveled three times to the United States and all three times I have entered the US using VWP. Just recently I traveled for the third time to the US and I had to renew (apply for new) ESTA In this article I will list information on how to obtain ESTA online and how much it actually costs. If you are citizen or national from one the select 38 countries apply here online for ESTA. Who can apply for…

Top 10 Hotels in Sofia (Bulgaria)

  • Top 10 Hotels in Sofia (Bulgaria)

    Published: 20 January, 2017 seen 223 Hotel reviews

    Just recently I booked my first flight to Sofia (capital of Bulgaria), after that I made some "investigation" what to expect in Bulgaria and crafted an article: Planing a Trip to Bulgaria - Hotels, Car Rental, Things to Do, Places to visit and Let's Buy a House There In that article I talking about many topics, but one of the first I'm looking to have in Sofia is a nice hotel room (hopefully with a nice view). I don't find 5-star or luxury hotels in Sofia beeing out of my league, seems there are nice 4-star and 5-star hotels perfectly in price budget about USD 100 per night. In fact, once in…

Samikitno Batumi Restaurant

  • Samikitno Batumi Restaurant

    Published: 19 January, 2017 seen 198 Restaurant reviews

    Samikitno is a popular restaurant chain across Georgia. We visited this Batumi restaurant in the late evening during our latest trip to the lovely seaside town of Batumi, after discovered that restaurant at hotel we stayed was already closed. See Hotel Sputnik in Batumi. There is a very popular Samikitno restaurant located in the Old Tbilisi. See: Samikitno / Machakhela Restaurant review (Meidan square, Tbilisi) Combo meal at Samikitno Grilled vegetables, rice, sliced onions, meat and of course tasty Georgian tradional Satsebeli sauce.

Planing a Trip to Bulgaria - Hotels, Car Rental, Things to Do, Places to visit and Let's Buy a House There

  • Planing a Trip to Bulgaria - Hotels, Car Rental, Things to Do, Places to visit and Let's Buy a House There

    Published: 18 January, 2017 seen 336 Travel guides

    Planing a trip to Bulgaria is a round up post to keep track and save useful links before our first trip to Bulgaria. In this article you will find my basic findings on basic things like - booking a hotel in Sofia and Plovdiv, car rental at Sofia international airport. Also I will list some of the travel destinations I would love to visit while in Bulgaria. At the end of the article you will find my findings about buying a real estate in Bulgaria. In fact, we just returned back home to Georgia from a 10 day trip to the United States, we swore not to travel anytime soon. Let me explain - for…

Q4 2016 Blog Traffic & Income Report - 197,850 Users / $6,921.16

  • Q4 2016 Blog Traffic & Income Report - 197,850 Users / $6,921.16

    Published: 17 January, 2017 seen 377 Online Income Reports

    That time of the year have come and it's time to wrap up a round up income and traffic report post for the last quarter of 2016 (October, November and December). If you are new to my blog or just wondering why I'm sharing such data, here is a brief explanation on sharing data on traffic and income: In short, it helps me to track my online success of failures. It makes me accountable. I have been collecting and sharing data for my online success or failures since January 2014, back then my blog was 3 month old and I decided to start an online experiment - can someone actually make money…

Can You Buy a Good Life in Tbilisi With $500 as a Foreign Expat?

  • Can You Buy a Good Life in Tbilisi With $500 as a Foreign Expat?

    Published: 16 January, 2017 seen 5,666 Living in Georgia

    A time ago I did an experiment - counted our (two persons and two cats) daily expenses for a month to find out that our monthly expenses have been at about USD 1,800 for that month. You can see my findings with detailed positions in this article: Cost of Living in Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia). I have counted for a few more times - and very often the amount we spend per month in Georgia is more or less the same. From my side I should add we travel a lot across the country and spend many evenings at the fancy Tbilisi restaurants. My spending habits have helped me to build a pretty popular blog…

Lintel Installation & First Coffee Break

  • Lintel Installation & First Coffee Break

    Published: 15 January, 2017 seen 126 Home Remodeling

    If you have been following my blog and in particular home remodeling series you are already familiar with our construction works at our rural country house we started back in 2015.  In the Summer 2016 we started another major reconstruction project - demolished old log walls for bricklaying new aerated concrete walls, I have been documenting most of the construction works on blog. In today's home remodeling series  - installing a lintel and enjoying first coffee break at upcoming bathroom (we are building a bathroom here). I bought a special lintel to install over window opening - I had to…

Privet iz Batuma

  • Privet iz Batuma

    Published: 14 January, 2017 seen 161 Restaurant reviews

    Privet iz Batuma, literally meaning Hi from Batumi, if translated from Russian is just another cool cafe located in Georgian seaside resort city Batumi. Despite the name, giving a feeling you will be returned to the times of Imperial Russia, cuisine served here is quite modern, I managed to order shaslik with French fries, while my better part even got some American style lemonade. Eclectic, thus cool. Interior at Privet iz Batumi Yes, quite 19th century. Mcvadi with French fries Quite a touristic meal, thus well prepared and pretty affordable. 

7 days in Spain (Region of Andalusia)

  • 7 days in Spain (Region of Andalusia)

    Published: 13 January, 2017 seen 596 Travel guides

    This post is a round up post from our latest travels to Andalusia, region in Spain in June 2016.  It also has been our second visit to Spain, at the end of 2014 we explored another region here - Catalonia, see My Spain + Andorra Travel Guide Spain definitely is a country worth to visit and explore slowly (region after region). Now, looking back on our travels across Andalusia - amazing. In short in 7 days we visited 5 countries (Latvia, Germany, Spain, Gibraltar and Norway). With most of the time spent in Spain. Our Spain part trip started and ended at Malaga. We rented a nice car there and…

Another Day, Another Wall

  • Another Day, Another Wall

    Published: 12 January, 2017 seen 62 Home Remodeling

    Today was another lovely day to excel a little bit as a constructor. Today we continued to construct walls from aac blocks. It's fun, easy, like everyone could do this. As long as you keep it all leveled. See part 1 Remove a Wall to Finish Foundation Concreting and part 2 Constructing Wall From AAC blocks + Finishing Foundation Concreting Works for Bathroom Bricklaying aac blocks Today we are going to finish the end wall and construct four rows on front wall. We are building a bathroom here. Bathroom from inside Can't wait to install sinks and mirrors here. View toward house from garden…

Georgian Enamel Souvenir Shop in Batumi

  • Georgian Enamel Souvenir Shop in Batumi

    Published: 11 January, 2017 seen 480 Shopping Venues

    I tried hard, but couldn't locate precise location or name of this Georgian enamel souvenir shop in Batumi. What I know, most probably it's located on Zviad Gamsakhurdia street in Batumi, in the Goodwill shop area. Why I believe it's worth to mention this shop? It's very good souvenir shop filled with interesting Georgian enamel art. We bought here lovely ashtrays and decided to return here one for time to buy some cool Georgian interior elements for our rural house. Georgian enamel dish They glove in dark- I was especially invited to the dark room, and yes I can confirm these plates glove…

Anker Hostel in Oslo

  • Anker Hostel in Oslo

    Published: 10 January, 2017 seen 119 Hotel reviews

    Think hostels are cheap? Think twice. Anker hostel officially is the most expensive hostel I have stayed so far, and there is no surprise about that. Located in Oslo, one of the most expensive cities in the World (yes, I know one of the best salaries as well), you should expect to pay about USD 100 for a hotel and remember - linens are not included. You can get linen for additional about USD 10 price. We were returning from Malaga to Riga, through Oslo, and had to spend one night in Norway. We booked cheapest available property in Oslo a day before, still sunbathing near Malaga. Arrived here…

Constructing Wall From AAC blocks + Finishing Foundation Concreting Works for Bathroom

  • Constructing Wall From AAC blocks + Finishing Foundation Concreting Works for Bathroom

    Published: 9 January, 2017 seen 475 Home Remodeling

    In today's home remodeling series we are continuing to build bathroom from scratch. The other day we removed walls and finished foundation concreting works for one part of house, today we re going to start construct first wall and finish foundation works for another wall, yes still some wall demolition works involved for today.  A few days ago construction materials arrived and today it was just a a matter of tools and two men power (I had a helping hands) to start some actual works for upcoming bathroom. Ruberoid coating for hydro isolation  Before bricklaying we must install a hydro…

Sputnik Hotel in Batumi

  • Sputnik Hotel in Batumi

    Published: 8 January, 2017 seen 257 Hotel reviews

    I now have a new favorite hotel in Batumi - Sputnik hotel.  Surrounded by a garden with tropical plants and trees, this 4-stars Sputnik Hotel & Spa Batumi is nestled in Batumi Hills with a stunning views of the city and black sea. Hotel boasts an outdoor pool and is just 12-minute drive from city centre. There is a restaurant, bars, swimming pool, terraces, and free WiFi at the property. We stayed at Sputnik hotel for three nights at the end of November 2016, and paid about 300GEL (about USD 100),we got a lovely value deal at local Georgian Groupon clone site, but looking now on Booking…

Postcards from Oslo

  • Postcards from Oslo

    Published: 7 January, 2017 seen 81

    Seems Postcards from series are one of the most featured at Piece of Life project, and there is no surprise about it, we travel a lot, and visit many interesting cities around the World. So did happened during our latest trip to Norway, what was meant to be just a night in Olso, between layover flights turned out to be a mini postcards from Oslo. Skyscraper in Oslo Why doesn't I feel surprised seeing Radisson Sas hotel among one of the tallest buildings in Oslo? A typical day in Oslo A channel Oslo

Remove a Wall to Finish Foundation Concreting

  • Remove a Wall to Finish Foundation Concreting

    Published: 6 January, 2017 seen 69 Home Remodeling

    Some build home by pouring in foundation first, we started by replacing roof, removing walls and then pouring in foundation. Sounds intrigue? Continue reading to learn more. In today's home remodeling series a day when we removed first wall and finished pouring in concrete for foundation for our upcoming bathroom.  I had a handy hands today, Guntars, we started our cooperation already last year, he helped me a lot with roof replacement works. The plan for today was following, to demolish old log wall and pour in the final layer of foundation. Removing first decks from the wall It might sound…

Chiatura Cable-ways Central Station

  • Chiatura Cable-ways Central Station

    Published: 5 January, 2017 seen 730 Tourism objects

    If you have a chance of visiting remote Georgian city Chiatura, make sure you take a free ride at one of the famous cable ways. Also don't forget to take your camera and make one of the interesting photos you will make in Georgia. Some call them Stalin's cable cars, I prefer to call them - the rare chance to return to the year of 1954. As I have been told, most of the cable cars have been in service in 1954, and most of them seems haven't been repaired ever since. I remember, few years ago a friend of mine sent me a preivev of Georgian documentary by Gabriel Razmadze Black Mulberry / Shavi…

Oslo Bus Terminal

  • Oslo Bus Terminal

    Published: 4 January, 2017 seen 122 Railway / Bus / Ferry

    Oslo Bus Terminal was our second stop from our first time short trip to Norway,we arrived here from Moss Airport, Rygge, in June, 2016 and left back from the same terminal to airport in the next morning. Oslo Bus Terminal  is the main bus station serving Oslo, Norway. Owned by Vaterland AS it is located beside Oslo Central Station and serves local buses to Akershus as well as domestic and international coaches. Oslo Bus Terminal The station was built by the Akershus transit authority Stor-Oslo Lokaltrafikk as a bus station for their routes to Downtown Oslo. The station is five minutes walk…

Foundation From Fibo Ceramsite Blocks

  • Foundation From Fibo Ceramsite Blocks

    Published: 3 January, 2017 seen 141 Home Remodeling

    It happened a a few weeks ago, when digging a trench around the existing foundation I discovered a missing foundation for one part of our rural house. Back then I quickly realized I will use Fibo ceramsite blocks to boost construction works.  The other day I poured in concrete footing, and today was the day to add first Fibo ceramsite blocks over footing Hardened foundation footing It rained for the last two days, I was a little bit worried, could too much rain could make some damage for footing, but it was just perfect - rock solid foundation footing to put Fiblo blocks over. Fibo…

Postcards from Chiatura

  • Postcards from Chiatura

    Published: 2 January, 2017 seen 261

    Chiatura is an amazing and worth to explore city in the Imereti region, Georgia. Famous because of manganese and iron ores. What makes this city special - cable cars, it's believed there are some 17 cable cars / lift systems in operation in Chiatura. Chiatura have been on my travel list for a very long time already - first visited and documented in November 2016. Yes, we took a ride in those old and neglected, but awesome cable cars. Taking a ride in cable cars here is completely free (as of November 2016) Soviet era monument in Chiatura Amazing, charming and unique. Old and neglected Due…

Road To Million Dollars in Saving Account

  • Road To Million Dollars in Saving Account

    Published: 1 January, 2017 seen 1,859 Investments

    I'm 31 now, I have a goal to save one million dollars by the time I will be 60. That's 29 years. That's $34,482.75 I should save each year, next 29 years in the row. That's a lot. I currently make less than $20,000 per year, by US standard I'm the one who falls into the category - working poor. However, unlike my colleges in US, I live overseas (see living in Georgia) where standard of living in much much lower if compared to US , and in fact with funds I have here in Georgia I can afford pretty decent life style - travel a lot, spend evenings in fancy Tbilisi restaurants and even build a…