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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Why, Pedro, why?!” – Host Family Lesson Ideas

December 3, 2012 by

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Many a TLG volunteer spends a few evenings a week teaching their host siblings (and sometimes host parents!) English lessons. The lesson contents and styles vary depending on the interests and needs of the students – some lessons focus on homework help and reviewing school lessons, others expand into unknown nether regions of slang or […]

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 […]

Apple Hand Pies

November 18, 2012 by

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Here in Chumlaki it’s mid-November, and  fall is in full swing. Last week, I was craving the apple hand pies my family in America would make during the apple harvesting season, so I decided to try  to create them in Georgia. I would love to say that I made this recipe, but the foundation came […]

Recipe: Pizza!

November 17, 2012 by

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As much as Georgians like khachapuri, I love pizza. It has been one of the foods from America I miss most. Recently, my host sister and I made pizza from store-bought khachapuri dough. We made the tomato sauce from scratch, which I have included the recipe below, and used shredded/grated cow cheese instead of sulguni. For […]

Georgian Snickers? Adventures in Food: Churchkhela Edition

November 4, 2012 by

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If you drive down one of the main roads in the Georgian countryside or wander through an open-air market, you’ll probably see, among the bushel baskets of fresh vegetables and piles of melons and gourds, strings of what look like waxy dark brown hand-dipped candles. (Some people say they look like, well, less-savory objects. We’ll […]

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 […]

The Best of: Georgia

October 23, 2012 by

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The following is a list of native Georgians who have crossed my path during my residence here in the Republic. They have both aided me in my endeavors, and have, I can confidently claim, made my life better. Below, you will find my idea of the “Best of: Georgia”. (Note: Within this list you will […]

Adventures in Food: Grape Harvesting

October 6, 2012 by

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I learned something recently. I am really bad at harvesting grapes. You’d think that, having grown up in a primarily agricultural area, I’d know how to harvest anything. Wrong. …I’m just going to blame it on the fact that there are very few vineyards in the American Midwest. Kakheti is the wine-making capital of Georgia, […]

Living with the Host Family

October 2, 2012 by

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“Time to wake up, it’s five-thirty,” the high-pitched, overly excited recorded voice of my alarm bleeps at me. I blindly reach to the floor for both it and my glasses, roll over from my stomach to my back, take a deep breath, and think gotta get up. My bare toes search for my house slippers, […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Tamuna Dzmanashvili, Non-Academic Coordinator’s Assistant

October 1, 2012 by

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Tamuna Dzmanashvili has been working for the Non-Academic Department since December 2011.  After obtaining her Bachelor’s in American Studies from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tamuna worked as an English Teacher with the Tbilisi City Hall Project Study to Be Employed, aimed at providing English language courses to Georgian citizens, free of charge! Hello, Tamuna, how […]