AS TWO DRUNKEN ROMANTICS that love our travel, we both knew the moment we came to Georgia that our lives would never be the same again. Love at first sight would be the obvious trope. Since then, one of us has written a Master’s thesis about Georgia, while the other returns with such frequency that he is known in one village as “Blue Eyed Irish Klemens.” Naturally, we believe that the beautiful country of Georgia demands a lot more respect and attention on the world stage.
Both of us have lived in Georgia on four occasions and we have immersed ourselves in both the local and expat scenes. Throughout these experiences, we couldn’t help but notice the rather worrying habit that American expats in the country had of being overly critical on trivial, petty reasons; we’ve surmised that this could only be a result of their delusional understanding of what they’re getting themselves involved with. Thus, we suggest five small yet key things to consider for future American expats so that we don’t need to suffer overhearing the same story again in Canudos Bar.