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Increasing my fruit and vegetable IQ

December 5, 2013 by

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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 […]

My arrival in Georgia: Journal entries from two years ago

October 31, 2013 by

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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, […]

Expectation Vs. Reality

March 14, 2013 by

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My orientation to Georgia took place 5 months ago at the Bazaleti Hotel in Tbilisi. The 108 other new volunteers and I stepped off of a 36 hour travel day at the tender hour of 4 a.m. and after patchy sleep schedules, blood tests, and our first purchases with lari and visuals of the Georgian […]

The Inner Circle

February 6, 2013 by

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Georgian friendship and family ties are strong, and Georgia is a fairly small country, which means that it often seems like everybody knows everybody. As I become more and more integrated into the country, and into family and community life here, that feeling continues to grow. Part of this strong, tightly connected network of classmates […]

Rainy Days are Best with a Side of Soup

January 28, 2013 by

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Rainy days are when I make a not-so-lovely cup of insta-coffee, grab a book, and read those rationed chapters I have been holding myself back from reading. Being from sunny southern California, I find the rain is quite enjoyable… for about a day. It’s nice listening to the cliché of rain droplets hitting the tin […]

American Saqartvelo

January 25, 2013 by

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In my last post, I wrote about the things I’ll miss in Georgia. I’ll get to why that’s important, in a minute. Now that the holidays are nearly over, I’ve been looking for jobs and apartments. I’m relocating to Iowa City, Iowa, home of the University of Iowa, where I plan to eventually go to […]

The Things I Miss…

January 24, 2013 by

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It’s crazy to think about it, but my year in Georgia’s already over. I’m now back in the United States, getting all of my affairs in order and job-searching. It’s nice to be back, but I’m finding I already miss a lot of things about Saqartvelo. I miss my Georgian family and friends, my colleagues, […]

Parallel Worlds

January 2, 2013 by

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I fell in love with Georgia during my first semester teaching. I got lucky with a great training group, a loving host-family, and a welcoming school. I went to supras, I clumsily danced, I trimmed grape leaves, and I taught a batch of second graders the difference between their head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Some […]

My Family in Georgia…

December 12, 2012 by

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I was lucky enough to spend two weeks of November with my family. My parents had come to visit me in Georgia, I think they came because of all the stories I had told them and out of sheer disbelief that they were true. So they had to see it for themselves and at least […]

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

December 2, 2012 by

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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 […]

Mastering Marshutkas: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ride

November 25, 2012 by

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As a foreigner in such a different country, I found my greatest challenge was making sure I wasn’t feeling too isolated. A great part of this was familiarizing and integrating myself into my host family and community. Daily calls to my English speaking colleagues also played an important role. But what I found most therapeutic […]

Supra Survival Tips

October 27, 2012 by

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Supras are one of the many challenges facing TLG volunteers, especially if one is placed in a village.  As most of you know, a supra is a huge feast in celebration of something, led by a tamada (toastmaster) in which everyone eats their weight in food and toasts everyone and everything with never-ending wine and […]

Developing Hobbies in the Village

October 25, 2012 by

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When I applied to the TLG program, I was looking forward to not only increasing my experience within the classroom setting, but also looking forward to rediscovering my old hobbies. After weeks of reading books that had been collecting dust on my shelves in America, I decided to explore other options to occupy my time […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Maia Beruashvili, Health, Safety, and Support Assistant

October 22, 2012 by

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Maia joined TLG in May 2012 and has been working as the Health, Safety, and Support Assistant ever since!  With degrees in Food Hygiene and a PhD in Medicine with a specialty in Food Safety, she is perfectly suited for her job here!   Hello Maia, how are you today? Fine, and how are you, […]

Old Dog…New Tricks

October 21, 2012 by

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I arrived in Georgia earlier this year in February. I was placed in Khashuri, which at the time was one of the coldest and most demanding places I had been considering I had never seen snow, let alone experienced a winter that cold. You may be asking yourself why I’m telling you about something that […]