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Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Shilda November 13th 2012

Georgia, the adventures continue in Shilda Mik and Aaron's village is in the far east almost on thr Russian border but it was a very nice drive through more beautiful countryside and the mini bus which was our metrushka was almost empty as it was mid-week (weekends are apparently packed! Sometimes even with chickens for busmates). Georgians seem to take pride in their roads and most areas had well planned tree lined arbours throughout most of the drive east, it was almost romantic seeing huge old trees holding eachothers branches across the passageway of the roads. When we arrived I was quite the spectacle with my giant backpack walking all the way through town. We almost immediately met a tiny old lady who funnily enough spoke English - M &A said they had not met anyone ... read more
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Shilda
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Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Shilda October 1st 2012

Returning to Georgia after four months of being here, there and everywhere was like returning home. The airport was crazy when we arrived at 3:20 am as this is the busiest time for flights in and out of Tbilisi (I guess it is a lovely hour to be flying). We were exhausted after a big final day at Octoberfest, a four am wake up call, flight to Barcelona then to Turkey and finally Georgia. Driving through the city at night put a smile on both our faces, Tbilsi is quite a beautiful city at night with its looming fortresses lit up. After making our way up the street which was a mission with the road works and nearly falling into the ditch left from repairs to the piping system we were definitely ready for bed. After ... read more
Making wine
Nuts ready for tutchela
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Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Telavi October 1st 2012

Resumo: Eleições presidenciais; Interior da Georgia; fazenda orgânica; 100% natureza; Estou super bem! 0 0 1 14 81 amy 1 1 94 14.0 Estou em um momento muito importante para a Georgia, as eleições parlamentares. A oposição acabou de vencer e tirar Mikheil Saakashvili do poder apó... read more

Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Telavi September 14th 2012

Thru Georgia and Armenia with the bike... read more
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Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Sighnaghi May 25th 2012

We returned to Shilda after our travels through Turkey to what was a fast and eventful three weeks. It began with a teachers’ concert in Kvareli. The concert was a performance by teachers from the villages and towns in our area and included traditional dance, singing and poetry. The teachers did a great job. It was interesting to see how different regions have their own traditional dress and dance styles. My personal favourite was the dance routine from the Dagestan village who still speak their traditional language while living in Georgia. The crowd loved them and gave them a huge applause. The performances were held in a large theatre which was built in Soviet Union times and was true to form in that it was spectacular in size considering the small population of Kvareli but unspectacular ... read more
On our way to Nekresi...
Aaron at Bazaleti Lake (ბაზალეთის ტბა) a lake in eastern Georgia.
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Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Shilda April 20th 2012

No bunny rabbits, hot cross buns or chocolate eggs this year ...instead we celebrated Easter in the Georgian spirit. Like everything else in Georgia, Easter is celebrated in a uniquely Georgian way. When explaining to our family, teachers and classes how Easter is celebrated in Australia the conversation almost always ended in strange looks. A bunny rabbit, chocolate eggs, egg hunts; I guess it does all sound a bit ridiculous. The festivities kicked off on Thursday with Chiakokonoba. Families gathered wood in the street, started fires and jumped over it (or through it) three times. According to the legend, this action purifies the soul of evil spirit. Our village really got into the celebrations with fires being lit down the main street and through the winding passages. We all took turns at running through the fire ... read more
Chiakokonoba
Making Paska
Chiakokonoba

Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Shilda April 8th 2012

After teaching in Australia for three years I decided to jump on a plane and try my hand at teaching English in a foreign country dragging Aaron along with me. (He did actually want to come, but not being a teacher the prospect did seem a little more daunting). We thought it was a perfect opportunity which combined our desire to travel as well as an opportunity to be immersed in a new culture. What is an average school day...? I am teaching English at a small school in our village with around 150 students from grades 1-12 while Aaron teaches at the larger school with about 380 students also from grades 1-12. Both of our schools are large concrete buildings which have not been maintained for many years. There is no running electricity in the ... read more
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Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Shilda March 7th 2012

As the snow continues to recede more baby animals in our family’s flock have been born. On the weekend Aaron and I decided to go along with our younger host brother and father to herd the sheep and saw a very different Shilda than the snow covered land that has proceeded in the previous months. This weekend I truly appreciated the beauty of Shilda, with the endless vineyards and mountain backdrop it really is breathtaking. We started the day by walking with our host brother an hour toward where the flock would be located when we saw our father driving past. He proceeded to stop, pick us up, drive us all the way home, pick up his cigarettes and then drive us back to the herd. We were obviously confused, but as we are far too ... read more
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Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Mtskheta March 1st 2012

We left the village for Tbilisi on Friday after I had finished school. The two hour marshrutka took an extra hour as we had to pick up every man and his barrel of wine along the way. After dinner we went to a cinema that plays English films three times a week, this was a bit of a treat as we hadn’t seen any movies or TV that wasn’t in either Georgian or Russian for a while now. Although it looked like a lecture theatre from the 50s it was a pleasant night. The next morning we caught a taxi to the marshrutka station that would take us to our next destination, Mtskheta. On the way the taxi driver explained to us that he could take us to Mskheta, wait for us and then take us ... read more
Mtskheta
Jvari Monastry
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