Living in Georgia

I have been living in Republic of Georgia, an amazing country, located in Southern Caucasus, since April 2011. In this section you will find articles, illustrated with rich photo materials and insider stories, from my experience during a stay here. See my Georgia travel guide: All About Georgia

This is a guest post by Mrs. Irina Nikolaeva a Russian born expat now living in Georgia's Batumi. As I have received a lot of questions lately on expat advice, I asked Irina to come up with expat advice series on my blog, see her previous articles: About New Year's Holidays in Georgia and 5 reasons why Batumi is...
This is a guest post by Mrs. Fatima Ali, reader of this blog, who contacted me about possible migration from UAE to Georgia. As lately I've been receiving several such questions and mostly from UAE, after giving some basic advice, I asked Fatima Ali, could she come up with a short article in a free flow on topic - Why Georgia...
Last 10 years I was living in big cities. That time I moved from a small town in Belarus thinking that I need to live in the city with more people and more opportunities. I started from St. Petersburg. After 5 years in the cultural capital of Russia I decided that 5 million people is not enough for me and moved to Moscow. But last year...
Do you have plans for the 2018 New Year's holidays? Good time to think about coming to Georgia. Georgian holidays are beginning after December 25. The first thing that surprises most of the first time visitors is a bottle of wine which is handed from the border guard once your passport is stamped and you are approved...
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...
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...
This is already third time I have opened a bank account in Georgia as an individual. This time at Bank of Georgia. Let me explain -  I'm already using two local banks - Procredit bank and Bank Republic. Unfortunately my default bank for check operations, Bank Republic, has been sold to another large Georgian bank - TBC...
The other day I was reading an article in which the head of the World Tourism Organization Claimed - Georgia is the most beautiful country in the world. Well, I can ONLY agree with the words from the head of WTO, Mr. Taleb Rifai, and to ad my 50 cents  I have listed 32 places you should...
The other day - I was contacted by Elene, she introduced me with her project website-  www.waystogeorgia.com which features interviews with people who have moved to Georgia and run interesting projects. I decided to share this blog with you readers, as I really enjoyed it. By now it features few, but pretty strong stories...
Welcome to the subjective TOP 20 Tbilisi and Tskneti restaurant list. This is the second annual Tbilisi restaurant top crafted by me, see TOP 20 Tbilisi restaurants for previous year. In this year top I have extended reach by adding two more great restaurants from Tskneti (suburbs of Tbilisi) as lately I really...
Everyday readers of this blog are already familiar - author of this blog has been spending his days in Georgia for more than five years (since 2011). I have traveled Georgia forth and back, with just two major destinations been excluded from my travel map - regions of Svaneti and Racha. I hope I will cover these parts of Georgia...
I have observed this wall for the last three years (with short interruptions, when on longer travels) from our Tbilisi balcony. Probably, right at this wallI started to improve my photographer skills when about two years ago I reported first time lapse - Brick Wall turning green. Looking on this wall I have spent countless...
After almost five years spent as an ex-pat and passive investor (savings accounts only) in Republic of Georgia, time after time I'm looking for some other liquid investment opportunities in Georgia. Mostly I end up with stock exchange, but for now Georgian Stock Exchange market doesn't seems transparent enough and easy accessible....
There is a very convenient way of getting around in Tbilisi by taxi using mobile application Taxify. I probably first heard of this company at the end of 2014 by visiting Georgian Startup challenge organized by GITA.  For my travels around Tbilisi I mostly use taxi either by calling to the central or just by...
Yup, another hipster style article about actual prices for consumer goods at local Tbilisi market (Bazroba). It has been a while since I decided to measure how lari/dolar exchange rates influence actual prices, if you, just like me are an expat living in Georgia - you most probably have faced the consequences of weak lari...
On February 1st, 2016 the National Bank of Georgia issued upgraded Lari banknotes. It was mid February when first upgraded banknote ended up im my hands, I got it at local Procredit ATM.  My first thought was that I have probably by accident pressed EUR account instead of GEL and have taken my money from EUR account, but...
Budget travelers - rejoice - 7 new routes will be launched from Kutaisi airport in Georgia. Berlin, Munich Memmingen, Milan Bergamo, Dortmund, Thessaloniki,  Larnaca and Sofia I believe it is just a next logical move from Wizz Air, after recently European Union agreed to lift Visa requirements for...
Seems I have missed the news  -  starting January 6, 2016 Netflix video streaming on demand is available in Republic of Georgia (and some 130 other countries) - that's fantastic news! I first heard about Netflix probably back in 2012, during a US trip, back then I was only wishing such service would be available...
As year is coming to the end I decided to take a look back and see how my travels in Republic of Georgia went in 2015. Turns out I have reviewed more than 35 cool tourist attractions in Georgia. Update: I'm offering crafted and tailored Organized tours in Georgia I actually started such flashback back in 2014, take a look how...
This post is a result of an experiment I performed for one month in October 2015, I counted my everyday expenses and summed it up to see how much actually it costs to live in Georgia. This information might be useful if you are planing to move to Georgia or just to compare how your country stands to Georgia. For tracking my (our)...
Right, this might probably sound as yet another hipster style article and probably you are right. The thing is  - during month of October I have decided to write down my everyday expenses and in the next month I will provide article on Cost of Living in Tbilisi (Georgia). Since it was start of October, I headed to Google Play store...
On September 19th, 2015 First meeting of Georgia Expat Photographers Club happened. As some of you already know - in the middle of this Summer Johann approached me with his idea to create a photo/travel club, and back then we established a community on Facebook. Read more on that here: Georgia Expat Photography Club Since our...
Total lunar eclipse was fully visible in Tbilisi, Georgia on September 28, 2015 between 05:07 and 06:55 (Tbilisi time). I must admit that I really enjoy photography, but I had never ever done anything like this (photographing lunar eclipse) before. This night was one of the strangest and mysterious nights I have...
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I have been living in Tbilisi for more than 4 years already, during my stay here I have tried perhaps more than hundred restaurants and cafes in Tbilisi. In this post I decided to list my personal best 20 Tbilisi restaurants and cafes. I have visited each of these places, photographed food and made a verdict. Enjoy! For and updated...
Recently Johann contacted me with his idea to create a photography travel club in Georgia. Since I have been into a photography for the first day I got my first personal digital camera (it's some 6 years probably) - and for the last 4 years I have been living in amazing, very rich of spectacular views, country of Georgia which I...
During my blogging career I have received several messages on my blog's contact form asking for advice for potential business partner search in Tbilisi or Georgia. Well I only feel flattered and honored that I have been noticed and contacted (seems a major role is played here thanks to my posts in Living in Georgia category). I...
On the lovely date of March 8 which in Georgia and many other countries is celebrated as International Women's Day I headed to Tbilisi Dezerter Bazaar to capture impressions of that day. I was hoping to capture smiling man with flowers in hand but instead I did photographed a lot of vegetables, fruits and yes flowers as well. As well I...
There is one thing that Georgia has taught me - everything is relative here.So as a surprise come a news that today (March 3) is a public holiday in Georgia. Public holiday means that streets will be empty, many business won't work. So did as a surprise for me come Day of Svetsikhoveli last year, when I was surprised that nobody in...
Welcome to fourth and final part of my blog series on how Amazon Associates receives and redeems their checks in Republic of Georgia (South Caucasus).By writing these lines I can officially say - I have finally received my money (check sent by Amazon) on my Georgian bank account. I took some time, but as I said in previous blog posts - I...