Browsing All Posts filed under »Travel and Tourism in Georgia«

Town & Country Digest With a Touch of Irony

November 3, 2012 by


On Sunday afternoons, I know that there is one thing I am guaranteed to hear in the hostel in Tbilisi: “I don’t want to go back to my village. I want to stay here in the city. Stay here with my friends. Maybe I will wait just another hour.” I know this feeling well, I […]

Banging on about Batumi (and Adjara)

October 28, 2012 by


Everyday I think myself lucky that I am in Batumi. Before flying out to co-teach in Georgia, I had packed my suitcase trying to second-guess where I would be stationed and I fully expected the worst placement possible. In my mind that equated to being holed up on the side of a mountain with only […]

The Best of: Georgia

October 23, 2012 by


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 […]

What Lies Beneath

October 16, 2012 by


What lies beneath a country?  What lies beneath a people?  What lies beneath your own identity?  These are not questions with easy answers. I live in an old farmhouse in southern Maine, USA.  We have a red barn, but the rest of the farmland was parceled off as separate lots in the 200 years since […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Part Two

October 10, 2012 by


When I wrote last, I was en route to the United States for five weeks of seeing friends and family, attending weddings, and celebrating my car’s odometer passing the 200,000-mile mark. In mid-August, I returned to Georgia—this time with my father and sister in tow! They spent ten days with my host family and me, […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Marika Khasia, Samegrelo Regional Representative

October 8, 2012 by


In the first of our Regional Representative interviews, I had a chance to talk with Marika Khasia, the RR from Samegrelo.  With her background in Diplomacy and International Relations and a Master’s in Russian Studies from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Marika joined TLG in April 2012, moving to Zugdidi to become the RR there.  […]

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

October 1, 2012 by


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 […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Eka Memanishvili, Non-Academic Coordinator

September 24, 2012 by


Eka Memanishvili has spent many years abroad and knows how difficult it can be to live as a foreigner in a strange land.  The life experiences she gained while studying for three years in France make her uniquely well suited to her role on TLG’s Non-Academic Team.  Since she joined TLG in August, 2010, Eka […]

The Real World

August 24, 2012 by


The road to Tusheti was not completed until the late 1970s. The old horse road is still in use. There was an attempt by the Soviet regime to string power lines  and poles alongside this road. Both the road and the rusty power poles still exist. The road is shaped like a snake because man made […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Part 1

July 24, 2012 by


I’m writing this post from somewhere above Iceland, en route to the United States for a month-long holiday. I think I’ll definitely go through a bit of culture shock, especially because I’m going straight from small-town Georgia to Chicago, the third-largest city in the U.S. But, it’ll be fun! School ended on 15 June, which […]

Georgia as a Tourist

July 19, 2012 by


Georgia as a Tourist                 For most TLG volunteers, the arrival of June signaled two things – the end of the semester and flights out of Georgia to new adventures. Most of my friends were headed back home to see their families but some were headed off to explore nearby countries. I did neither of […]

Packing and Unpacking

June 29, 2012 by


I’ve always found packing to be incredibly surreal. I’ve done it a lot over the last few years and might argue that I’ve become a relatively skilled packer. Rolling my clothes saves valuable space and I’ve come to enjoy the challenge of fitting everything in my suitcase like they’re pieces to a puzzle. Nonetheless, packing […]


June 26, 2012 by


Due to popular demand, TLG organized a second excursion to Kazbegi National Park. The park is huge, of course – far too big to see all of it in one day. However, the tour we took was enough to show me that, someday when I have the time, I’d love to spend a couple of […]

Glass Dishes and Plastic Swords: A Day at the Zoo

June 20, 2012 by


To me, the zoo has always been a magical place. I didn’t get to visit very often when I was a child, however, as it was at least an hour’s drive away and expensive, which means that I enjoy it even more as an adult. So when my co-teacher mentioned her thought of taking some […]

Of Hordes, Fords, and Borders

June 14, 2012 by


We had a few days off of school for Easter. I took that time to travel, but I didn’t go too far. My Easter vacation was spent in a space between Europe and Asia, between the Muslim and Christian world, between modern and ancient. It is a place where Turkish çay is sipped in the […]