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Georgian holidays, supras, and fate

December 18, 2013

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When I first arrived in my village in Kvemo-Kartli two years ago I’d already decided to stay in Georgia over the winter. I’d come to Georgia in mid-October and it’d have been premature to go back home after only two months—and besides, I thought I’d be a great opportunity for traveling around the country, experiencing […]

Increasing my fruit and vegetable IQ

December 5, 2013

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When discussing or recommending Georgian cuisine people focus on the well-known dishes, such as khatchapuri, mtsvadi, lobiani, and khinkali, rather than the ingredients of the regions, the fruits and vegetables, or the terroir. This is understandable. After all, when discussing Chinese or Italian or Mexican food we tend to think of recipes that represent the […]

Giorgoba nostalgia

November 26, 2013

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When I first arrived in Georgia more than two years ago I was immediately thrust into a holiday celebration which at the time I knew nothing about. It was Giorgoba. First, a little history. Saint George’s Day (known in Georgia as Giorgoba, literally “day of George”) is one of Georgia’s most popular holidays, celebrated twice […]

Tbilisi’s three modes of transportation

November 22, 2013

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If you’re new to Georgia, having arrived in the most recent orientation group before being quickly transferred to your villages across the country, you may not have had ample time just yet to explore Tbilisi and grow accustomed to ex-Soviet public transportation. I thought I’d explain the basics of Tbilisi’s three primary modes of public […]

My arrival in Georgia: Journal entries from two years ago

October 31, 2013

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Last week marked the two year anniversary of my arrival in Georgia. After a week of orientation I went to Javaxi, a village in Kvemo-Kartli that showed me why it was worth staying longer than I planned. I kept a journal from that day forward and I’d like to share a couple entries. 21 October, […]

Georgia’s three most legendary mountains

October 30, 2013

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For many tourists coming to Georgia the primary activities consist of a cultural tour of Tbilisi, centered around the Old City and Rustaveli Avenue, and then a trip to the Black Sea. Fewer are interested in the magnificent peaks of the Greater Caucasus, which is a shame, considering that the peaks of Georgia and Russia […]

My favorite Tbilisi street food

October 27, 2013

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Although not of Georgian origin, shaurma (შაურმა) holds a place in my heart as Georgia’s best street food, whether I’m shopping around Aghmashenebeli, Leselidze, or Rustaveli and looking for lunch, or simply out late at night a few beers deep and craving something filling to ward off intoxication. Shaurma stands are ubiquitous in Tbilisi, second […]

What I’d find difficult about English

October 5, 2013

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English is a peculiar language, being an amalgam of Old Norse, Germanic languages, and French from the Middle Ages and further back. While teaching English I’ve encountered many difficulties explaining certain grammar and pronunciation concepts. Often it’s simple to explain a rule or an exception to a rule, but when a student asks for a […]

Love for a place

October 4, 2013

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In my first post of the new school year I’d like to introduce myself. My name’s Matthew Pizza. I’ve been with TLG since October, 2011. Starting this month I’ll be managing this blog, which entails editing posts, directing content, communicating with contributors, and writing lots of posts. I look forward to providing a range of content, […]

Get Out of Kazbegi

May 23, 2013

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With the numerous vacation days in early May and the fast approach of summer many volunteers will be traveling throughout Georgia. Batumi, Svaneti, and Kazbegi are top locations for everyone’s itineraries. I’ll provide a description of the last one, and why you should get out of Kazbegi to explore the lesser known routes around the […]

A Brief Guide to the Georgian Supra

November 14, 2012

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Even a cursory reading on Georgian culture reveals information about the mythical Georgian supra, a party to end all parties that Georgians reputedly throw as a frequent social event. Although my initial expectation was to be attending a supra every weekend, in reality, Georgians treat the supra as a special occasion, reserved for birthdays, funerals, […]