Dateline: Phoenix, Arizona—07 Apr. 2017 The pull of old habits is strong. Once I was home, it was a simple matter of falling back into the same routine I had before the trip. So at long last, let me catch you up with how the trip home went. This is how March 21st went. The best laid plans... From the moment I woke up, all my plans for the day went out the window.
Dateline: Tbilisi, Georgia—20 Mar. 2017 I spent my last day here exploring parts of Tbilisi that I haven't been to. All my stuff is packed, and I'll be getting a ride to the airport at 4 a.m. This morning I went back across the Dry Bridge to the Public Service Hall. This is the central government building that puts most things citizens might need in one place. I started out by checking on what's needed to establish permanent residency.
Dateline: Tbilisi, Georgia—19 Mar. 2017 My biggest accomplishment today was getting out of the house for food. I woke up with swollen feet, and decided to stay off them as much as possible. I did venture out twice, both times to the market. Other than that, I stayed in and did language lessons and watched the Russian SciFi channel. The rain cleared up, and it was a cool and sunny day.
Dateline: Tbilisi, Georgia—18 Mar. 2017 Today I did some inadvertent planning ahead. I also started out by looking for breakfast and made what might have been the biggest mistake of the trip so far. The search for яйца This morning I wanted a sit-down breakfast with eggs and sausage. I learned two things while searching: it’s good to want things, and that sort of breakfast restaurant doesn’t exist in the area I’m in.
Dateline: Gori, Georgia—17 Mar. 2017 (Another day-late post, as I was too tired to write last night.) I didn’t do my usual night before travel packing since I wasn’t taking scheduled transit to Tbilisi. So I planned on a lazy morning and it worked out perfectly. My hosts brought down breakfast and we planned for Ilya to take me to the bus station around 11 a.m. After eating, I took my time packing and made sure my iPad was charged up.