We are Paul and Vicki Terhorst. We retired young and are now perpetual travelers.
This page lets you know our whereabouts, how to contact us, and what's going on in our lives.
We updated this page, about our travels in Armenia and Georgia, from Bangkok, Thailand on June 24, 2016.
The first photo, above, shows us on the Great Wall of Georgia. The painting below, 300 Aragvians,
by Georgian artist Merab Abramishvila (1957-2006), along with the lion tombstone, sum up
the ancient to current history of Georgia and Armenia: battles, bloodshed and death.
(To see a better image of 300 Aragvians click here.)
Find Vicki's Contemplation Photos at the very bottom of this page.
We spent most of April in the mountainous Caucasus region visiting Armenia and Georgia. Mankind
has lived here forever, or so it seems. In 1991, early human (that is, hominin) fossils of 1.8
million years age were found at the Dmanisi archaeological site, in Georgia. The Armenia
History museum has a 5,500-year-old leather shoe on display. No photos allowed but check outthis link.
We started our visit in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
Successful Armenians from all over the world have poured money into special projects.
We toured, with our friends Igor and Irina (Early Retirement Abroad) and four of their Russian friends
the magnificent countryside, with sightings of snow capped Mount Ararat (think Noah and the Ark) .
Note Mount Ararat's subtle presence in the hazy distance of the last photo above.
You can also, barely, see the blue bird as well in the same photo.
The eight of us, guided by Miriam Ghazaryan of Exotic Armenia Tours, immersed ourselves in history, culture and tasty local treats.
Links to in depth articles on Armenia by Wikipedia and Wikitravel. Then, click here to read Wiki's overview of Yerevan.
Links to two of Armenia's noteworthy sites: Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts , Garni Temple.
we traveled overland, through the mountains, from Yerevan to Tbilisi. We stayed two weeks in a Tbilisi AirBnB apartment that promised far more than it delivered. Still, the apartment gave us a sense of living like a local in a hillside neighborhood. We quickly tired of trudging up and down hills so we became adept at getting around on the 10-seat public buses. Amazingly, you flag down a bus from anywhere along the route rather than waiting at a bus stop.
Georgia welcomes Americans to stay for up to one year, no need for a visa. The overall cost of living is reasonable. Tempting. The capital city Tbilisi blends old, new, renewed, modern and crumbling in a charming fashion. The photos below show old town and some nearby redevelopment, food fun, and some enchanting countryside sites.
(Click on the titles to open the articles.)
Paul now writes for the Simon Letter, a Live and Invest Overseas subscription publication. Recently he has published the following articles:
June: What You Need To Know About Brexit
May: Convert Dividends to Capital Gains To Save Big On Taxes,
April: Are Negative Interest Rates The Future?, Ensuring A Reliable Water Supply In An Unstable Country
Click on TIMELESS to go to our Timeless page which has links to old articles by Paul and a few by Vicki about our travels and reflections.
Sometime in the Future
Sometime in the future we'll update this homepage with commentary and a few photos of Vicki's May Oregon-and-California visit,
of Paul's May travels in the south of France, and of our most recent stays in Paris.
Paul has a guys trip to Vietnam planned for July.
We plan to fly to Malaysia when our Thai visas expire in November.
And still on the agenda, probably in November, Vicki plans to visit Buenos Aires.