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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Georgia’s fiery water

September 25, 2013 by

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Almost every country has a signature drink that can be divided into one of two categories. First, it can be smooth and pleasing to the palate, appealing to the senses and tasting delicious. Second, it can take your breath away, leaving you gasping for air and your esophagus feeling like it’s been burned by a […]

Spring babies abound

April 24, 2013 by

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Birds are singing, the sun is shining and it’s obvious that Spring has arrived in Samegrelo, Georgia, though  TLG volunteers in Kakheti and Adjara may beg to differ. But, clichés aside, everywhere I look in my village, the signs are all there. Fruit trees are blossoming, the snowy blanket covering the mountain tops is rapidly […]

Wet Winters in Georgia: Short Impressions

April 22, 2013 by

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Early mornings, as I get ready for the upcoming school day, the smell of faint embers is crisp in the air these days.  It’s spring already, and wet rainy musky odours mix with that of burning cornstalks in the fields behind the house as the farmers prepare their fields for the upcoming season of planting.  […]