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Imagine a place where the mundane patterns of normal life disappear, and you're transported into a fairy tale of sorts. This is my Georgia, the way I'll remember this magical little corner of the globe. A fairy tale for a brief moment in time, yet I don't believe such lands of enchantment exist in reality. Life is a constant ebb and flow. We are always swimming along, and against, various streams and tides in life. For me personally, it's sometimes confusing to know which route to take.

Georgia - it was full of wonder and discovery on many levels - from stunning mountains to the ancient, narrow pathways of Old Tbilisi, fortresses glowing atop hills in the night sky, and of course Georgians themselves. I think all those readers who wrote about these "wild" people have never stepped foot in this country. I love so many things about this place, and of course some things made me uneasy and caused culture shock.

I can't find the proper words to describe my time there, but I'm now back in the USA and have returned to monotonous and boring office life. Mostly I want to thank all the native Georgians who took such good care of me during my visit, and all the friendly and helpful strangers I encountered along the way. When the words come to me, I will write them here and tell more about my journey. We covered North, South, East and West, having some real exotic and off-road adventures along the way. I didn't carry my big camera, and all photos were taken with the new iPhone 7. Somehow I just wanted to focus on the experience, and not worry about getting the best shots. Simply existing in, and absorbing, each moment.

It has been my longest absence from the blog since I began writing on LJ. I hope some of you are still here, and that you're doing well - staying warm with the arrival of winter. Cheers from the USA! :)

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Date: 2016-11-08 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nar-row.livejournal.com
Georgia is on your mind, huh? :)
I'm glad you returned successfully.

Date: 2016-11-08 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Yes, it is on my mind. Very soulful and beautiful country. I really enjoyed my time there, and will return soon. :)

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Date: 2016-11-08 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notabler.livejournal.com
I was absolutely certain, that you'll love Georgia ))) I'm glad I was right )))

Date: 2016-11-08 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Yes, you have good instincts. Hi, Nadia! I hope you're doing well.

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Date: 2016-11-08 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] romanklimenko.livejournal.com
Hey, gamarjoba! Welcome back!
We're longing for the story :)

Date: 2016-11-08 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Writer's block recently...I can't express myself. In person, or in writing. :( Hopefully the phase will soon pass, and I'll find some creative inspiration!

Date: 2016-11-08 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redheadrat.livejournal.com
Glad that you loved it, and don't forget that about quarter of it is under occupation.

Date: 2016-11-08 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
I was close to these regions, and very near the Russian border. One of the most memorable experiences during this trip was in such a place, where Georgian border guards hopped in our car with their big guns and went on an off-road adventure with us...but more about that later. :)

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Date: 2016-11-08 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mesier.livejournal.com
Грузия - замечетельная страна! В которой ты понимаешь, что кавказское гостеприимство - не миф и не пустой звук.
А айфон седьмой, оказывается, мылит изображение, так и знал, что не стоит покупать.. )))))

Date: 2016-11-08 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
I can't understand why so many Russian people wrote bad things about Georgians? If you don't like expressive or emotional people, then you will not like Georgia. :) But I'm drawn to such people, abroad and in my own country.

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Date: 2016-11-08 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pin-gwin.livejournal.com
Glad you love the trip! There are Armenia and Azerbaijan nearby, also amazing ^)
Now - go vote!!!!

Date: 2016-11-08 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
For Azerbaijan, I need a visa but I'll definitely try to visit Armenia next time I'm in Georgia. It's an easy trip, but this adventure was already packed full. Btw, Virginia had early voting - on Saturday. :)
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Date: 2016-11-08 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] j1980.livejournal.com
Я недавно увидел девушку, чем-то похожую на вас. Вы наверное дальние родственники.

Date: 2016-11-08 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
:)) And you think I look like the woman dancing in this video? We both have wild hair. :))

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Date: 2016-11-08 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] concept-in-time.livejournal.com
I remember you had thoughts on volunteering for a year there. Did you change your mind?

Date: 2016-11-08 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
I do not know...somehow I think it will be too hard to be away from my family for so long. They are really what keeps me grounded and tied to the USA.

Date: 2016-11-08 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] creamy-mood.livejournal.com
Pretty good quality of picture with iPhone 7! Can`t wait for mine to arrive from Georgia... Atlanta, Georgia :))))

Date: 2016-11-08 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
This phone takes amazing photos, especially in low light and at night. Big upgrade in the camera. I don't feel the need to carry my heavy equipment around anymore, especially on a trip like this where I was walking on rough terrain a lot, or high up in the mountains on horses, etc...

Date: 2016-11-08 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mb-b.livejournal.com
Welcome back!

Date: 2016-11-08 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Hi, thanks! :)

Date: 2016-11-08 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rider3099.livejournal.com
Welcome home! Hope to hear a lot of wonderful stories from you )

Date: 2016-11-08 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Thank you! Have you been to Georgia? If not, I think you would really love it there. It is a cheap travel destination for Americans. :)

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Date: 2016-11-08 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maks j-fry (from livejournal.com)
O man, I've been waiting for you. I'm so glad you survived in this terrible country!

Date: 2016-11-08 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
It is nice to feel missed. :)) Explain please why you think this country is terrible.

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Date: 2016-11-08 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] south-of-broad.livejournal.com
I've been to Georgia and absolutely loved it. Good to see you back.

Date: 2016-11-08 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
It is a wonderful escape! Just a completely different pace of life outside of the big cities. The country is basically one huge village, very rural in nature. It is nice for a change, but to be in this environment permanently - not sure. :)

Date: 2016-11-08 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] Ринат Атман (from livejournal.com)
YES!

Date: 2016-11-08 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
What is the question you're answering? :)) Or, is this just a general proclamation of joy for Georgia? :)

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Date: 2016-11-08 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kremlin-curant.livejournal.com
I missed you so much, but as I correctly guessed you are in Georgia.
Never been in Georgia itself, only in Abkhasia, area is ceded now from Georgia by Russia.
Wasn't impressed by abkhasians, looked like really wild people.
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Date: 2016-11-08 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juan-gandhi.livejournal.com
Welcome back, and I see you enjoyed that beautiful country alot. Have you been to Svaneti?

Date: 2016-11-08 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] Ринат Атман (from livejournal.com)
Сванетию видел на instagram.com/peacetraveler22/

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Date: 2016-11-08 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nkhaba.livejournal.com
Welcome back, Shannon! Looking forward to reading about your experience in Georgia!

Date: 2016-11-08 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Thanks! I shared a lot of impressions during the journey on FB, but it seems most of my readers do not follow me there. So, I will try to duplicate the tales here in the blog.

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Date: 2016-11-08 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] no-xit.livejournal.com

Don't you feel somewhat incarcerated by the American system? I mean, you are almost predetermined to run into debt while young and have to pay huge bills for a lifetime. Of course this system allows to build a powerful country, but is it as good for an individual?

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Date: 2016-11-08 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
What is the "American system"? Your life is what you make it. Why do you think you're "predetermined" to run into debt? The only debt I currently carry is repayment of my doctorate loans and the mortgage for the condo I own. However, the latter is an investment property. I do not live in it, and earn supplemental income from the rent each month. I'm a simple person, and believe in personal responsibility and living within your means. If you want to get tons of credit cards, acquire a lot of debt - yes, it is possible for almost anyone in America. But this is a part of our destiny within our own control...I do not need much in life to be happy. :))

Date: 2016-11-08 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morreth.livejournal.com
I knew, I knew! Sakartvelo forever!
Cannot wait for your tales!

Date: 2016-11-08 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
I will try to write more frequently again for readers. :)

Date: 2016-11-08 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mybathroom.livejournal.com
Nice to see you, Shannon!

Date: 2016-11-08 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Thank you! I hope things are going well for you and your family!

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Date: 2016-11-08 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elena-88888.livejournal.com
Welcome back, Shannon!
It's nice you liked Georgia :)) (I liked it too)

Date: 2016-11-08 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Great place to visit, but definitely not for everyone. You need to really love adventure to go outside of the big cities there. :))

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Date: 2016-11-08 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theodorexxx.livejournal.com
omg i thought you died

Date: 2016-11-08 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
I am very much alive! :)) Have just been in a silent mood recently since I returned...

Date: 2016-11-08 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarowind.livejournal.com
Cool! I will wait long reports!:)

Date: 2016-11-08 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
I will try to write in the near future, and hopefully inspire you to visit. From Moscow, it is an easy flight. :)

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Date: 2016-11-08 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] real-marsel.livejournal.com
I am glad to see you again!

Date: 2016-11-08 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Thanks! :)) Many people thought I disappeared permanently, or was dead. :)) But I am alive!

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Date: 2016-11-08 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eltelfo.livejournal.com
Вот и молодец. В Батуми была ?

Date: 2016-11-08 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacetraveler22.livejournal.com
Yes, I was in Batumi. But I don't really like this city. I will write a post about it...I'm drawn to the mountains, not the sea. :)
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