Hi! I’m your blogger, Em. For a bit of background: I grew up in a small Midwestern town, and ventured to a Small Liberal Arts College on the East Coast for undergrad where I started studying Russian because the alphabet was pretty. I majored in Political Science and Russian, and had the opportunity to travel to Russia twice–once to Siberia, and once to Moscow. I spent my junior year abroad in London studying politics and history and enjoying life in London–shows! museums! fun restaurants! I was working in DC when the August 2008 War broke out, and I started to become interested in Georgia; another seed of interest was dropped in my anthropology class when I heard about the archeological site at Dmanisi. I was sold on Georgia when I saw how pretty the Georgian alphabet is (do you see a trend here?). I decided to go to grad school back in the Midwest at a gigantic state school, where I focused on post-Communist politics and learned Georgian and Russian. During grad school, I had a fantastic summer working in Tbilisi. After graduation I moved down to the Southwest, where I complained about the weather, read lots of YA novels, taught Russian lessons, and worked retail until I could return to Georgia. My first semester as an English teacher was spent in a town in the Kakheti region. Now I work in the non-tourist part of Tbilisi, and enjoy the luxuries and quirks of the city in my time off.