Tim O

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Tim O

My name is Tim O'Brien and I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.

Follow my blog here to keep up to date on what I am doing and where I am going.

Next stop - the emerald isle.



Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town December 6th 2015

Dobre den! Jakes Mate? And I would respond Velma Dobre to the many waiters and Czech locals during our travels in and around Prague, basically answering the question how are you with Velma Dobre, very well. However over the past 24 hours I got a chance to speak over meals with a Malaysian Attorney based out of Kuala Lumpur, a Brazilian art student who moved to Prague to better his economic opportunity and randomly met one a Czech and Prague local film director for children's programs at an art university holiday party which he graciously invited me and my mates to last night. I thought it fitting to make this post about the food, and there is so much here to write about I hope I do it a fraction of the justice it deserves, and ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Ústí nad Labem Region » Terezín December 4th 2015

Yesterday we seemd to go back to the 1400s at one of the older brew pubs in Prague, but today we took a trip back in time to the 1930s and 40s when we went to go visit the former Jewish ghetto and work camp that Hitler used in a massive PR campaign to convince the international community and Jewish populations in Europe that he meant the best for the Jewish people - the sites I saw today were the last for many as most of this ghetto was tranported by rail in 1942 and 1943 to Aushwitz and other eastern death camps. If you hadn't known the history of the town you might think it quaint. The day started with Jarred, a travel companion of mine, and I setting out on foot after waking up ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague December 4th 2015

Before I start my posts I think is approprivate to apologize for my lack of postings last week and sum up the operational barriers to blogging in the way I did in Georgia. If you don't want to hear me compare and contrast and just want details on travel skip this blog post. I am going in depth on Prague next. I'd like to thank a colleague of mine for sending me a message to nudge me to "do what I said I was going to do." Travel companions, the type of lodging, and other variables compared below. -Travel companions, if you travel with more than one person, or two in my instance, and you are not going to an all inclusive vacation, but more of an adventure you may find yourself adapting the wants and ... read more
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North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Pittsburgh November 25th 2015

Hello friends and family, I figured I would write a brief update to let you know of my plans for the next two weeks. I will be traveling after Thanksgiving to Toronto, to catch a flight to Rome, where I will stay for a week or so. Then I will take a flight to Prague for a week and finally return back to Toronto and drive back to Pittsburgh. I don't know if I will have a lot of time to update this blog, but the quality of my pictures this time should trump anything I took pictures of in Georgia (despite the fact that there is no doubt Georgia is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited). I am looking forward to touring Rome, as well as a day trip to Florence, ... read more

Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia October 12th 2014

Far East of Georgia, Kakheti During the course of human events in Georgia there have been many times invading armies overwhelmed Georgian a Kings and rulers, but it wasn't without a fight from amazing defense structures to protect the fertile ground of east Georgia. After several days of visiting Archils school and local community once again he came home with some good news this past Tuesday - he announced told me we were going to Kakheti Region tomorrow. East-southern Georgia is referred to as the Kakheti Region, and not unlike other regions we have visited, it is unique and beautiful by itself. Many travelers know the region for the technique of Georgian wine making that is said to have originated in the region some 4,000 years ago, with over 700 unique grape types grown within the ... read more
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Asia » Georgia » Western Georgia October 6th 2014

Jason and the Argonauts landed in Batumi (referred to as Colchis in antiquity) in search of the Golden Fleece. I did not travel by sea nor did I attain a Golden Fleece like Jason, but I did take a lot of pictures to share with you and I have some fresh ideas. Friday Archil told me that the next day we were going to Batumi for the weekend. Batumi is one of the most western cities in Georgia, hugging the Black Sea coast and positioned on the Turkish border. When Archil and I had spoken a few years ago Batumi was still looked at as a port city to the slavik nations and the Middle East, but I can tell you a lot is happening in Batumi that you might find interesting. Let me explain. Tbilisi ... read more
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Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District October 3rd 2014

Today I felt like I just started school all over again, only in a country, culture and language I have perhaps an elementary understanding at the moment. I joined Archil at the school and think I learned more than the students in some regards. But I digress, let's start with last nights dinner. After our trip to Kazbegi yesterday we took some time to recoup. Yesterday afternoon mirrored the routine of many of my Sundays. Sleeping in, thinking about what to cook for dinner, buying dinner, and cooking dinner. I decided that in the spirit of the Georgian supra I would introduce some American dishes to the Georgian table. Only with the aid of Papa Carlo and Salome, Archils wife, and Mariam, Archils baby daughter, was I able to accomplish the task of locating all the ... read more
Archil at Buckswood School
Archil at Buckswood School
Cafeteria at Buckswood Empty

Asia » Georgia » Northern Georgia October 2nd 2014

Whoever said a picture says a thousand words surely didn't visit the Kazbegi Region. Over the past few days I spent time in the valleys and mountanious region, taking in breathtaking views, sampling authentic Kinkali, and learning about the antiquity of the Georgian heritage. Before leaving Tblisi Archil and I had to accomplish three things: pick up Andrew (the owner of the house in Kazbegi), pick up dinner from the mall, and fill the tank with LNG (liquified natural gas). In Tblisi the mall houses everything you would want, kind of like a Costco. We ended up picking up Andrew prior to shopping, and Archil and Andrew asked me how I liked football. Naturally, being American, I told them I enjoyed the sport, but soon realized that they were asking about soccer. It turned out that ... read more
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Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District September 29th 2014

Rain was in the forecast, I woke up late and it was a Monday so my host, Archil, had to work. Expectations were modest for the days activities, but somehow the weather turned, guests stopped by the house, and we were anything but idle. Today's activities started with me working on there phrase good morning (in Georgian it is Good morning. დილა მშვიდობისა. (dee-lah mshvee-doh-bee-sah)). I spoke with the women of the household while Archil was at work, and then we took a trip to the History of Georgia Monument. After this we returned to the house, before preparing to go to one of the most famous churches in Mtskheta, and to no suprise there was a dinner planned at a local restaurant where I got the opportunity to sample Kinkala, a very traditional Georgian dish. ... read more
History of Georgia Monument
View of apartment buildings from the History of Georgia Monument.
Jesus depicted curing the blind on the History of Georgia monument.

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District September 29th 2014

I woke up late today, with dreams of yesterday. Fortunately, I can share some of the days events with you. First, I remembered the breath taking views from The Monastery of John Zebazene. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA9a99sHRBw I dreamed of the supra and I dreamed of a Kinto, a traditional Georgian entertainer, playing music at a supra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI0pNYfYpv4 Then I woke up and realized it was time for the third day of the adventure that is Georgia.... read more




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