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Tbilisi’s three modes of transportation

November 22, 2013 by


If you’re new to Georgia, having arrived in the most recent orientation group before being quickly transferred to your villages across the country, you may not have had ample time just yet to explore Tbilisi and grow accustomed to ex-Soviet public transportation. I thought I’d explain the basics of Tbilisi’s three primary modes of public […]

Mastering Marshutkas: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ride

November 25, 2012 by


As a foreigner in such a different country, I found my greatest challenge was making sure I wasn’t feeling too isolated. A great part of this was familiarizing and integrating myself into my host family and community. Daily calls to my English speaking colleagues also played an important role. But what I found most therapeutic […]

Marshutkas – How did I live without them?

November 20, 2012 by


Batumi does not have a passenger railway station, yet it still has some of the best transport connections in the country thanks to the continual supply of marshrutkas that enter and leave the city almost 24 hours a day. These marshrutkas feed the local city marshrutka lines which see the converted vans and minibuses racing […]

Interesting People I Have Met on Trains.

November 10, 2012 by


There are a number of ways to get from Tbilisi to Batumi, but the best, by far, is via the night train. It’s an eight-hour trip, but it’s overnight, which means no hostel or hotel fees! And because the train arrives at 7:30 a.m., it’s super-easy to hop over to Batumi, spend the whole day […]

Random Act of Kindness

May 9, 2012 by


Working with the police has its perks; I have Wednesdays off. This isn’t the case for all teachers of the police, but in many cases, we teach 3 days a week. After two days of sitting home without much to do, I decided to take an independent excursion to Senaki. A friend of mine was […]

Georgia to Turkey: A Guide to the Sarpi Border Crossing

April 6, 2012 by


With the long Easter holiday less than a month away, opportunities for both domestic and international travel abound. An easy and popular destination for those in Georgia is Turkey, especially Istanbul. Istanbul can provide great value to the budget conscious traveler. Quality hostels abound, and excellent food and the iconic Turkish tea can be purchased […]

Things We Wish We’d Known

March 23, 2012 by


Dear Prospective TLG Volunteers, We once sat where you sit now.  We once perused the TLG website or the Greenheart Forums or the Footprints Teacher Blogs and thought to ourselves, Could I do that?  We once asked our friends and families what they thought of the idea of moving to Georgia–no, not the state. As we look back […]

On the Road

March 14, 2012 by


It was a Sunday. I was the passenger of a Tbilisi-bound marshrutka winding our way out of the mountains near Borjomi. I was shoulder-to-shoulder with a white-bearded priest and a dozing gentleman, jostling with the whims of the road. Bucolic scenery splashed across the windows. It was all quite normal. With nothing to do for […]

მოძრავი მატარებლის ფანჯრიდან

March 1, 2012 by


ნათან ბურნი ერთ თბილ, ნათელ სექტემბრის დღეს, გამოვედი ბორჯომ-ხარაგაულის ეროვნული პარკიდან, ჩემი შეხედულება და სუნთქვა წააგავდა ადამიანისას, რომელიც ბოლო 3 დღის განმავლობაში დაეხეტებოდა ტყეში თავსხმა წვიმაში, გადადიოდა პატარა უბეებს, ჩახლეჩილხმიანი მსხვილი რქოსანი საქონლის მწყემსები მწყემსავენ თავიანთ ნახირს მთისწვერის მიმდებარე მდელოებზე და კიდევ უამრავი სპეციფიკური ლაშქრობა საქართველოში. მე გავიარე სოფელი მარელისი და გავემართე რკინიგზის სადგურისკენ, თუმცა […]

From the Window of a Moving Train

March 1, 2012 by


One warm, clear September day I emerged from the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, looking and smelling like someone who had just spent the past three days trudging through the woods, facing rainstorms, creek-crossings, gruff cattle-herders driving their herds across mountaintop meadows, and all of the other peculiarities of hiking in Georgia. I made my way through […]