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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.  […]

Run at Your Own Risk

April 12, 2013 by

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Spring is starting to show its pretty face here in Georgia, and along with the budding leaves and bebias being put outside to air, comes a host of new issues — namely, the fact that spring means it’s almost summer and summer means trips to the river with your students and trips to Batumi with […]

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 […]

Of Matriarchs and Men: an interview with a school Director.

March 11, 2013 by

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    An interview with Zanati Public School’s school director and literature teacher, Manana Tediashvili. Georgia is a land of local flavouring, from its villages dotting the sweeping hillsides and rugged mountains right on up to its administrative and governing styles.  As an English teacher attached to a tiny village school, I’ve been repeatedly impressed […]

First impressions – Abanotubani?

March 4, 2013 by

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“Abanotubani?” I had hastily scrawled the word in my notebook, and now fished it out so that I could ask where the baths were. They pointed towards these brick domes protruding from the ground. I headed that way, jumping from one dome to the other. Asking around, it seemed like they only had private baths, […]

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 […]

Introducing Guy Fawkes: Advice for Putting on a Performance

February 4, 2013 by

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British TLG Volunteer Oliver Rogers spent last semester in Village Zumi, where he wrote and directed a school play that caught the attention of his village and local media. Oliver, or Olly as he prefers to be called, created a play dedicated to the English holiday, ‘Guy Fawkes’ or ‘Bonfire’ night, which is celebrated on […]

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 […]

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 […]