Alex and I keep coming back to Georgia and have lived here many times already. Every time We’ve stayed about 3-5 months depend on situation (How we feel and the flexible plan). And so far we consider living in Tbilisi, Georgia is comfortable and is one of our favorite countries for a long term stay.
Georgia is a small country on the edge of Asia and Europe but topography and climate are more similar to Europe so I consider the country to be a part of Europe. Everything well flowing here,not that busy even in the busiest day like New Year Eve if compare to Thailand on the weekend. Many places to explore, attractions, art and museums, opera house. Many places to getaway for a while such as lakes, gardens, parks. Many cafes to chill. And there are abundant of nature around that giving a better atmosphere.
Even though it’s a winter, living in Tbilisi feels almost like spring all the time. According to my experience, Georgia Climatemps‘s info; In the winter time records indicate temperatures by day reach 6.7°C (44°F) on average falling to -1.3°C (29.6°F) overnight, and because of the valley topography and the hot spring which making city a lot more warm than usual.
House like Home
Renting apartment in Tbilisi is convenience. Quality and comfy apartment with a kitchen, watching machine, TV, Air conditioner, heather, hot shower, etc. available for rent at $400 – 500 a month not include electric and gas but it’s cheap. I usually using place.ge to find an apartment every time I’m coming and planning a living in Georgia for a while like 2-5 months or more. On the website has an option about renting direct from owner or from agency. I’ve rented every apartment direct from the owner because of the flexible. And renting from agency often require a long-term stay like 6 months up.
It’s one of the best deals for Digital Nomad life that in Georgia provides a good internet everywhere. House Internet or 4G are lovely.
Living in Tbilisi is feeling like live in a countryside and urban in the same time. The vibe makes me feel like countryside because they are not busy and chill. But they are also providing the easy transportations. Metro is good to travel around Tbilisi, Taxi is also cheap (5-7 GEL), train for comfy travel around country and also marshrutka (mini bus). Marshrutka not so comfortable but not a bad choice as it’s available to travel everywhere and more often.
Food is Everywhere
It’s easy hunting for food in Tbilisi and around Georgia. Easy-Ready food (Food that already cooked similar to street food in Asia) or Restaurant are plenty. The price is similar to Asia and sometimes even cheaper ($2-3 for Ready food or $7-10 for Restaurant per person). Bakery and Coffee are outstanding. Cooking at home is also my one of my favorites here. Raw material for cooking is also everywhere in small shop around or in supermarket.
Once my old laptop was sick (Broken mainboard) and there were many shops in the Electronic Centre beside Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi and finally fixed it without a hard feeling haa. Or when I decided to buy a new lab top but couldn’t wait until go back to my country then I bough one from The Apple Shop opposite side of Goodwill Vake Park in Tbilisi.
But one thing I was trying and wasn’t success, I was trying to find a good camera and lenses (Sometimes I’m just too curious to see new models) and I’ve learned that this country is not the place for this kind of things yet. So If anyone is coming, be prepared them all as you need before leave your country.
The Effort of Languages
Georgian people speak Georgian, Russian and English!
First, mostly people can speak Russian as a second language because of used to be under Soviet Union. Second, new generation prefer to speak English in communication with foreigner. My husband is Ukrainian and I’m Thai therefore every time we talked to local people and they recognized my husband country then they spoke Russian to him (Ukrainian also speak Russian) but when they’ve found that I’m an Asian then they switched to English. I’m appreciate this very much and even sometimes I couldn’t understand them because of accent or language mistake but it was me who feels guilty that I can’t speak their language well to communicate better with them (I’ve learned just small pieces).
What I want to say more is they are new to communicate with English language (But some people like Apartment Owners speak very good English). Be more patient to communicate with them. Every time I see foreigner complained and being so hard on them I feel sad. We come to their country then we should give them a better respect. Once I heard foreigner asked Georgian boy something and he couldn’t understand well then that foreigner told him to learn more about her language with angry and order voice. That was so rude in my opinion as she though the whole world spinning only around her. So I think what we should is just giving people more respect for more peace.
Georgian people are mostly kind and warm. They will always make you feel like home. I’ve been in New Year in Georgia for 2 times and every time the neighbor made a warmly invited to celebrate with them. Drinking wine and talking to them is like being with family. But don’t put too much expectation because good or bad are everywhere. Sometimes I also met a badass who being black badass sheep but just say that mostly is kind and good people out there.
I’ve been impressed about the medical in Georgia so far. Fast, quality and not expensive, Sometimes I feel like doctors are a lot more than patients? Speak about my experiences. 2 times surgeries, My husband once for stomach and me again for tonsil surgery. I feel guilty to say this but my surgery was way cheaper 10 times than the price in Thailand. And I prefer to surgery in Georgia because of their laser technology and I don’t need to wait in a busy queue (Don’t worry I still love you Thailand! ;D ). And one more thing, because I couldn’t find any insurance provider that fit with my longer staying condition which mean I don’t have insurance when I stay in Georgia but because I know that the budget is not expensive and I can sustain all the payments by myself that make me not worry about this. Medicine also cheap and dental service also fast and quality. As I mentioned about the communication language, doctors speak good English but nurses and officers are still not so influent therefor be more patient to communicate with them.
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