Posted in Photography, Travel

Beach Vacation to Batumi, Georgia

Hello and welcome back to Blogging with Reese!

Today’s post is travel post! I know I haven’t done a travel post in a reallllllllly long time (weird, because I used to do, like, all travel posts), but that’s mostly because I haven’t been travelling a whole lot. However, a couple weeks ago, I went to the beach!

So today I’m gonna be writing about how that went!

Day 1, Monday, June 14th, 2021

I woke up at my usual time, around just before 6am, and got ready to go. I’d already packed my bag the night before, so it was pretty easy to get out the door. (hey, I just rhymed!)

We took the Metro to the train station, and from there we caught the 8am train to Batumi. The train ride took about 5.5 hours, so I mostly read, listened to music and caught up on my journaling.

Outside of Tbilisi

Oh, and of course I also took pictures! 🤪

About halfway there
The Black Sea!

When we finally got to Batumi, we were really hungry, so we dropped our bags off at our apartment we’d rented and then went out to find lunch.

We found a nice restaurant about a block from our apartment and had some Adjarian khatchapuri, which is regional to the area Batumi is in. Khatchapuri is a Georgian bread with cheese and an almost raw egg on top. You mix it together and then rip off a chunk of bread to dip in.

Adjarian khatchapuri

Then we decided to go to the beach!

The water was a good temperature, but the beach was a rock beach, so it was really hard to walk around. Plus there were a ton of jellyfish in the water, so I didn’t go in very deep.

Swimming in the Black Sea

After swimming, we walked around the park by the sea for a bit.

It was really nice to just walk around, people watch and breath in the fresh, salty sea air.

Later, we decided to go on the ferris wheel! It was super fun, because we usually never go on touristy things like that!

Me, my mom and sister in front of the ferris wheel

After that, we made our way back to our apartment where I then read for a bit before going to bed for the night.

Day 2, Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

I woke up around 6-ish, then had breakfast and read. We mostly just lazed around in the morning before deciding to go rent some bikes and ride them around the promenade by the Black Sea.

Me and my sister and dad biking

It was awesome, because I hadn’t ridden a bike in months!

At around 12 we returned the bikes, then went to a little cafe by the beach and had some iced tea.

After that, we went back to the apartment to rest for a bit before going out again. My sister, Claire, and I went swimming. The waves were really rough and we got pounded into the rocks a lot, but it was still fun!

Getting bashed into the rocks

Once we were done swimming, we picked up a type of Georgian bread called a shoti, and went back to the apartment.

Georgian shoti bread

I read more, then went to sleep.

Day 3, Wednesday, June 16, 2021

We had chocolate crossaints from a bakery for breakfast!

Chocolate crossaint

They weren’t the best, but they were still good!

Then we left the apartment and caught the bus to the botanical gardens, which are a little ways out of Batumi.

We wandered around there all day, looking at the flowers and different trees. There were some cool lookout points where you could see the sea and Batumi.

View of the Black Sea from the botanical gardens
Batumi from the botanical gardens

At around 4pm we caught the bus back to Batumi and went back to the apartment so I could go to my drama club! Because it’s totally awesome and even though I was on vacay, I couldn’t not go to it.

After that, we had dinner and then went to go see the light show on the promenade!

It was really cool, even though it wasn’t totally in sync with the music.

Light show

We were pretty tired after that, so we went back and I fell asleep almost immediately.

Day 4, Thursday, June 17th, 2021

We didn’t do a whole lot on Thursday. Mostly we just rested, because we’d kinda worn ourselves out, and it was rainy 😂

But my dad, Claire and I decided to go to McDonald’s, because we’d heard that it is better in Georgia than in Canada and the U.S.

Plus it looks really cool in Batumi.

My dad is reading The Martian to me and my sister right now (also that’s the reason it’s been on my goodreads for months; we hardly ever read it), so we ordered our food and read.

The food tasted like average Maccers food to me. There wasn’t anything special about it.

After reading for a super long time, we went back and just chilled at the apartment. I read my own book, and then went to my theatre class because it was dress rehearsal day!

I had a lot of fun!

Then we went to go have some dinner. The restaurant we picked was really loud, and the service was not the best, so it wasn’t awesome. My dad went to go watch the Euro 2020 football game at a pub, so my mom, Claire and I went down to the beach to watch the sunset.

Sunset over the Black Sea

Let me tell you, it was G – O – R – G – E – O – U – S.

My mom and sister and I were also reading a different book together, so we sat on the beach and read that.

After a while we headed back to the apartment and went to bed.

Day 5, Friday, June 18th, 2021

Friday was our last day in Batumi, so we decided to go down to the beach and swim. Unfortunately, the water was really gross looking and full of sewage, so we didn’t get to swim.

My dad read The Martian to me and Claire, and then we went back to the apartment to pack our bags and go to the train station.

Our train left at 2:50, so we had enough time to get some lunch too.

Delicious salad for lunch

After that, we caught the train back to Tbilisi. It was a really awesome week overall, and I had a lot of fun!

I know that this post is pretty long, so if you’ve read all the way to here, give yourself a pat on the back! Also, guess what?!

I vlogged this trip as well, and you can check out the video version of this trip on YouTube here!

That’s all for this week, but I have a super fun post for next week, which may or may not be the 500 followers celebration thing I’ve totally not been procrastinating!

Where’s your favourite place to go to the beach? Beach or mountains for vacation? What’s your favourite food that’s not from your country? Do you want to see more travel posts like this?

Posted in Random Posts About Life

Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self

Hey friends! What’s up? How are you? How’s your day been? ✨Tell me in the comments✨

Today I’m gonna be doin’ a post with a letter that I wrote to my eighteen-year-old self! That’s five years from now… Wow, I feel old…

Let’s get started!! 🤪

NOT TO BE READ UNTIL MARCH 11TH 2026!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2021

Dear 18 year old Reese,

First off, how are you? I’m good. I currently have a bit of a cold, which is annoying, but oh well. The worst part of it really is that I can’t do anything and I’m boooooored.

Some of my favourite things to do at this point in my life are singing, reading, writing blog posts (I also like writing stories, but I haven’t really made time to write any), taking pictures with my camera, and eating chocolate.

I’m currently listening to Taylor Swift’s album Lover because I watched Miss Americana over the weekend and I have a totally new appreciation for her music.

So, Reese, since you live five years in the future, I want to ask you some questions about the future (or, ya know, your present)!

First off, is Covid gone? It better be, because I’m seriously sick of a world where wearing masks and being locked in our houses is normal. I really want everything to go back to normal, but I don’t really know what ‘normal’ is anymore.

Second question, have you written any more books? I really hope you have, because I know that you love writing, and I’d be really sad if you haven’t written any thing since Found.. Even if you haven’t published it, I really hope you’ve started working on a new project.

Have you improved at singing? Maybe written a few songs even, because I know you want to, but at this point in my life while I’m writing this, I have absolutely no idea where to start. I hope you’ve figured it out by the time you’re reading this.

What’s your favourite song now? I have about half a million, so I’ll just say some of them. Lover, drivers license, Fake A Smile, Sad Song, Love Story… And a ton more.

Probably more Taylor Swift soon, since I’m listening to evermore for, like, the first time, and I’m finding that it’s better than I thought! (Ignoring the fact that none of the songs in the album are capitalized — which is irritating)

Do you still have your very first camera? Or have you bought a more advanced one? Do you still take pictures of nature and animals? Or do you take different kinds of pictures?

Most important question yet: do you still have Blogging with Reese? Please, please, please say yes! I don’t know what I’d do if you weren’t still posting on here.

What’s life like in 2026? Does everyone have a personal robot servant? Do cars fly? Oh! Do you have a car? Did you take your driver’s test? Did you pass?

Oooh wait! I thought of another question! Where do you live? Are you still travelling? Right now I’m in Tbilisi, Georgia, but where are you? Canada? Georgia? Some other place I’ve never heard of until I go there?

Is it scary that you’re gonna be an adult in a few months? Was being a teen fun?

I guess that I should probably wrap this up since it’s getting pretty long. I wish there was a way you could go back in time and talk to me. But that’s probably not invented yet…

Love, Reese 💕💕

P.S. How is Claire? Is she still annoying one minute and then your best friend the next?

P.P.S. How are mom and dad?

I hope you enjoyed reading this letter to my future self! In the comments, tell me what are some questions you’d ask your future self! What’s some advice you’d give to your past self?

Posted in Travel, Writing

The Best Time In Saint Pol de Mar – A Short Story

Hello, people of the blogosphere!

I’ve been reading back through some stories I wrote last year, and I have decided to post this particular one because I really like it, and I think that it captured the best part of staying in Saint Pol de Mar.

If you don’t know, Saint Pol de Mar is a Spanish sea-side town I was in for a few days in 2019 (that’s why I’m in the feature image. I didn’t know what else to put, so there I am!). It was a long time ago, but I still remember it pretty well. How pretty the sea sparkled, how salty the air tasted, how warm the breeze felt.

One other great memory I have is the food. For a long time, the term ‘Casual Night’ has been used in my family for dinners that aren’t normal dinners. We just grab whatever leftovers we have, and other ‘casual’ things, like pepperoni sticks, veggies, some cheese, crackers, and make a meal out of it.

In Saint Pol de Mar, we did that one night, and got some cheese, a baguette, sausage, and other casual things. We went and sat on a bench by the beach and it was really fun!

I based this story off of that, because I want to remember how it felt in five or ten years when I start forgetting.

I breathe it all in; the smell of the salt water, the sunscreen, the freshly baked bread in the bakeries.

As I enjoy the warm sun on my back and the Mediterranean Sea gently splashing my toes, I think back on everything that has happened in the past twenty-four hours.

I woke up at two PM this afternoon, because last night we flew from Canada all the way to Spain. It was a long trip, but I loved every moment of it! It was my first flight, so everything was new and exciting. 

But now, the most exciting part has arrived. We’re at the beach! My parents decided that it was time for us to have a vacation, and they decided to bring us to Sant Pol de Mar, Spain.

I turn and dash through the golden sand back to my mom, who is under our umbrella.

“You coming in?” I ask her.

She laughs. “Lucy, we got here 5 minutes ago!”

“I know!” I exclaim. “And somehow you haven’t even put your toe in the sea yet!”

My dad chuckles. “Don’t worry, I’m sure someone will join you soon.”

I sigh and head back down to the water, but I have to sprint, because the sand is hot.

As I slowly wade in, enjoying the coolness of the water, I listen to the sounds of people laughing onshore, seagulls flying high above me chatter into the air.

I splash and play around in the water for the whole afternoon, until my dad calls me in, saying that we’re going to have dinner.

I wistfully drag myself out of the water, telling myself that I’ll be back tomorrow, and walk through the soft sand to my towel. I dry off and put on my clothes and then join my parents where they’re waiting for me at the end of the beach.

“You ready?” my mom asks.

“Yep!” I reply.

“Your dad thought that we could do something different for dinner,” my mom says.

I am curious. Normally we either have dinner at a restaurant or eat at home. What other option is there? “Okay,” I say excitedly.

My dad grins. “I knew you’d be up for it.”

As we walk along the skinny cobblestone street next to the beach, I admire all of the whitewashed buildings on the other side of us.

My dad leads us up a sidestreet, to a grocery store. “Wait here,” he says and goes inside. When he comes back out, he has a plastic bag. I wait until he’s led my mom and I to a bench overlooking the sea, and then ask what’s in the bag. 

He grins again and pulls out a sausage, a baguette, some cheese and olives. “Dinner!” he announces. “I thought it would be fun to eat and enjoy the sea, with European food!”

“Okay,” I say and break off a piece of baguette. It’s the most delicious bread I’ve ever eaten. Still warm from the oven, it’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Mmmmmm.

My mom reaches for the cheese, but then exclaims, “Oh! We forgot to bring a knife to cut the food!”

“What about using the keys from the apartment?” I ask.

“Great idea, Lucy!” my mom beams as she starts cutting open the package of cheese.

It’s the strangest dinner I’ve ever eaten, but oddly enough, the best! 

As we sit on the bench, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, watching the sun slowly set over the sparkling blue sea below, I know that I’m going to have the best time in Sant Pol de Mar.

So, how’d you like it? Tell me in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and see ya on Tuesday!

Where’s your favourite vacation place? Do you have ‘Casual Nights’? Have you ever been to the beach? Do you like writing short stories?