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Georgian holidays, supras, and fate

December 18, 2013 by

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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 […]

Giorgoba nostalgia

November 26, 2013 by

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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 […]

Backstage at my first Georgian dance concert

October 26, 2013 by

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I pulled off my warm fleeces and slipped into the traditional parikaoba shirt. It was too big for me. I glanced at the faded tag: it once belonged to someone Lasha. A few boys tried to get a fire going in a rusty petchi (i.e. a small tin wood stove balancing on wobbly legs), making […]

Seasons and Solfège

December 27, 2012 by

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There are so many basic facts about the world that we take for granted – things that have surrounded us our entire lives, things that we never even considered might be called into question. Things that no one really talks about because everyone is expected to already know them and everyone more or less assumes […]

The holidays in Georgia

December 24, 2012 by

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Like most TLGers, I’m leaving Georgia during the school holiday. My host-family and Georgian friends tried to convince me to stay for the holiday season. They kind of succeeded, since I do feel sad about not experiencing the holidays in Georgia. From what they described, it seems that I, along with the rest of you […]

A Recipe for Baby Goose Saperavi

December 16, 2012 by

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Being away from the United States almost makes one forget about the crazy hubbub that is the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  With incessant Christmas songs playing on the radio and the decorations springing up on homes across America, these four weeks are bookended by huge family-oriented holidays that typically include feasting! For a pretty […]

A Brief Guide to the Georgian Supra

November 14, 2012 by

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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, […]

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 […]

Friday Links Special: World Teachers’ Day and Tbilisoba!

October 5, 2012 by

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Welcome to a very exciting edition of TLG Friday Links Roundup! First and foremost, today is World Teachers’ Day!. Happy World Teachers’ Day to us! Here’s what UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day site has to say about today: “On this day, we call for teachers to receive supportive environments, adequate quality training as well as ‘safeguards’ […]

A Very Village Victory Day

Life moves slower in the village.  There’s little sense of urgency and a great appreciation for the little things.  People are less high-strung and they seem to enjoy each other’s company more.  They stop and smell the flowers and take time to relax.  There’s a much greater sense of community.  That’s what made the Mukhrani […]

Aghdgoma or Bust

April 28, 2012 by

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What do late night cemetery rendesvous, toy guns, inter-village judo tournaments and drunk driving all have in common? If I told you that it was Georgian Easter would you be surprised? I would have been, until I experienced it myself. If I had to summarize my Georgian Easter experience in one word, it would be […]