Reflections After Three Weeks

Ideally, I would be writing this on a table somewhere in the vicinity of Tbilisi, perhaps at an outdoor locale overlooking the picturesque scenery of the region. But we must play the hand we are dealt, and alas, Fortune has postponed (but not cancelled) my hopes of travel in the Caucasus. That is life. We must adjust, and I believe we have done so to the best as circumstances may allow.

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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Where Are You From?

This question is ubiquitous when you meet new people – whether in the United States or traveling overseas. Granted, it is easy to answer abroad: я из Америки, из США. Most people can guess I am American anyway, especially when surrounded by other Americans, by volume, laughter, and most likely, dress. Still, some may wish …

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First Impressions and Sights In and Around Tbilisi

Sunday, July 1st All 7 of our study abroad group in Georgia describes a similar arrival experience: being driven from the airport, surrounded by a seemingly alien language, in the middle of the night. Then, some hasty greetings (and perhaps food after 24+ hours of being in planes or airports), and finding some brief comfort …

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Georgia’s Path to Full Democracy

Georgia went from having no democratic institutions and no clear path to freedom to having a relatively stable and well respected system of democratic institutions in the span of 25 years since independence. The path to democracy started at independence, but one could argue that legitimate democracy began with the 2003 rose revolution. Obviously there …

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