It’s a rainy, foggy day today, the kind where even the thought of going outside is unappealing, and I’m home sick with a sore throat. Winter’s coming quickly, which means there will be a lot more days like this.
Unfortunately, at least for me, the novelty of staying home on a rainy day with nothing to do wears off really fast. …Especially when you have to spend most of your time huddled up next to the stove, or curled up in blankets and five layers of clothes, to stay warm.
So. Here’s my list of fool-proof, electricity-free ways to entertain yourself on days like this!
– Read. Read a lot.
– Write. Essays, stories, letters, what-have-you. Especially letters. Hand-written letters are great.
– Practice your Georgian! Or, take up another language: Russian, French, German, Arabic, Mandarin… the possibilities are endless. Well. Until you run out of languages. But by that point, you’ll probably know enough about them to be able to make up your own!
– Take up an instrument or learn Georgian dance. Chances are, if you’re in a host family, they’ll have a piano, a panduri, or maybe even a Western-style guitar or two sitting around, just waiting to be played. And, the chances are also pretty high that your town or village will have music and dance classes—for instance, we have a conservatory in Gurjaani for music, and a separate school for traditional dance. (If spending money on lessons isn’t your thing, ask some of your Georgian friends if they’ll teach you.)
– Learn an art or craft. This fall, my host sister and I went on a cross-stitching/crocheting/jewelry-making frenzy. You can buy craft materials in some of the underpass stores in Tbilisi (we went to a little one in Old Tbilisi, near the sulphur baths), and I’m sure you can find some in the villages, too, if you ask around.
– Cook and bake. Try your hand at making Georgian food, or introduce some of your native country’s foods to your host family. (My host family loves Hershey’s brownies… we have them at every birthday party, now!)
– Cards and games. Teach your host family and friends to play card games like poker or gin rummy, and have them teach you Georgian games—Jokeri is a favorite in our house. Backgammon (nardi) and chess are both popular here as well.
– Play ‘Snake’ on your TLG phone. Seriously. That game’s addictive.
I’m sure there are things I’m forgetting, or that I haven’t even thought of; feel free to add your ideas in the comments section!