My second weekend in Georgia, I traveled to Batumi. Batumi is the second largest city in Georgia, behind Tbilisi. It is located in the Adjara region, on the coast of the Black Sea. We rented a room in a cheap hostel for two nights. We arrived late Friday after travelling by bus and train through … Continue reading Batumi


The Teacher Becomes the Student

One of the best opportunities afforded me by the Balkan Language Initiative, aside from studying Bulgarian language in-country, has been the chance to return to a place that is very near and dear to my heart. A few years back, I lived in Bulgaria and taught high school English language classes in the south-central region … Continue reading The Teacher Becomes the Student

The International Disney Channel

As an international relations major, I hear a lot about globalization. But prior to my first trip out of the US to Russia, I don’t think I realized just how personal and far-reaching global culture could truly be. My first somewhat humorous encounter with globalization in Russia (other than the obvious Western brands present throughout … Continue reading The International Disney Channel