My Host Family in Tbilisi

One of my biggest fears when thinking about studying abroad was living with a host family. What if I don’t get along with them? What if there is too big of a language barrier? What if they have an incompatible lifestyle from me? But after spending a little over a month with my host family …

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First Impressions of the Georgian language

  Well, I have officially been learning Georgian for six days now. Let me tell you, it is a very difficult language. Being from Texas, the first foreign language I ever studied was Spanish, in part because my high school had a limited foreign languages department, and because I had been taking Spanish classes since …

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Hiking and Other Excursions

On July 7th, the Peace and Security in the South Caucasus program went to the towns of Mtshketa, Gori, and Tserovani. Mtshketa is a town located just outside the capital city of Tblisi. It is situated in a valley within the surrounding mountains. One of the very striking aspects of Mtshketa are the mountains which …

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First Impressions of Azerbaijan

For the past four days, my program (Peace and Security in the South Caucasus) has been privileged to tour Baku and a few other places in Azerbaijan—one of Georgia’s neighboring countries. Prior to this brief trip, I had never been to Azerbaijan and it was interesting to finally see the country we had discussed this …

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Excursion to Kazbegi, Georgia

One of the best experiences I’ve had during my time in Georgia was a trip to the northern city of Kazbegi. Kazbegi has the famous Gergeti Trinity Church which is situated on a mountain top with another range of mountains in the background. When I Googled Georgia before coming, the iconic photo of the church …

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The Best Part of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad and living with a host family was extremely nerve-racking. I felt uncomfortable at the thought of living in a house with complete strangers who may or may not speak English. Luckily prior to leaving the United States, I received a letter from my host family describing who they are and their interests. Having …

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Walking in Urban and Rural Georgia

In my first study abroad experience — 3 months in Barcelona — I found that some of my most redeeming experiences and memories came from simply exploring the city. Granted, there hasn’t been much time to do so in Tbilisi with busy weekdays of classes and frequent weekend excursions. However, I have managed to carve …

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PSSC in Photos

The Peace and Security in the South Caucasus (PSSC) program has been an amazing experience. The academic program was very well structured, and the professors were exceptional. I particularly enjoyed the courses on the history of the Caucasus, democratization and linguistics. My host family was incredibly welcoming and helped me through adjusting to living in …

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