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Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District September 30th 2011

I’m not even sure where to begin to describe the last week, but I guess the beginning is as good a place as any. About two months ago I completed my application to teach in South Korea in February next year and realised that I didn’t want to spend the interceding six months sitting around London. I started looking around online to see if there were any short-term placements I could do (not holding out much hope since most contracts are a minimum of one year) and that’s how I came across the TLG programme. For those of you who want to look at it in detail the website gives a lot of information (www.tlg.gov.ge ) but long story short, it’s an initiative set up by the Georgian government to bring English speakers to Georgia to ... read more

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District September 29th 2011

It started off so well. I said this was going to be a blog about living and teaching in Georgia, and it is, but I'm not even there yet (I'm writing this somewhere in the air between Istanbul and Tbilisi) and I feel like a rant. So consider this a preliminary post; a prequel if you will, to the main event. The journey started off well enough. I got everything I needed done and was even packed on time (which, considering I was given 24 hours' notice of my flight was a small miracle.) My lovely friend and one-time housemate Andrea drove me to the airport and I had plenty of time so I had a cold beer in the airport bar and then went a bit silly buying gifts for my, as yet unspecified, host ... read more

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi August 31st 2011

Time to leave Azerbaijan and see what Georgia has to offer. Ilgar's brother in law had collected me from the bus station on arrival, but Ilgar assured me that is was an easy walk back. It was down hill, but when carrying about 20kilos of luggage, a 30-40min walk is a long way. I stumble across the bus station accidentally as the directions I was given were wrong. The next minibus to Balakan is not for an hour, and it says Zaqatala on the front. It means I get a seat anyway which is good, many people have to stand and I am too tall for these minibuses. Also means that my legs are too long too so the ride is uncomfortable whichever way I travel. Only two hours to Zaqatala, there is meant to be ... read more
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Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District August 15th 2011

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Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi August 4th 2011

Balconies en masse OK we admit that cheat a little bit this time. Most of the text, and it isn't much, we have simply copied from a blog entry we wrote last year. But we spend so much time writing all the other blog entries that once in a while we think we can allow ourselves to put together one without effort. When we were in Tbilisi we walked through the streets and we were surprised over how many different styles of balconies they had in town. We started taking photos of them and the more we looked for balconies the more interesting they became. After a few hours we had quite a collection of photos of balconies. When we started this blog in 2006 the main purpose was to make it possible for us to ... read more
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Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi August 3rd 2011

In Georgia there are lots of churches and fortresses If we are asked to describe Georgia using only three words we would say "churches and fortresses". If you visit a few places in Georgia you quickly realise that there are churches and fortresses everywhere. Many of them are really old and are also in very good condition. We knew already before we arrived that we couldn't visit them all because we would get bored after the first dozen or so. But even though we skipped many churches we still visited quite a few. In this blog entry we have focused on the capital Tblisi and the places we visited around Tbilisi. First we would like to write a little bit about a town a few hours by car north of Tbilisi, a town called Kazbegi. Kazbegi ... read more
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Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District July 23rd 2011

June 2011: To Georgia: six hours …on a marshrutka (shuttle) ! At B&B in Yerevan: Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head… found my way downstairs and drank a cup, looking up I noticed I was late… skipped breakfast, walked out, saw a taxi, arrived at marshrutka (minibus) station, guy runs up yelling “Tbilisi?” - grabs my backpack and we’re off to Georgia. ET: 17:00, ahhhh. Nevertheless, the driver’s urgency faded as we stopped in the first town at a grocery store then waited five extra minutes for the barely walking old guy to return from the can. Then, ditto the second town, old guy and all, then 20 minutes later a lunch stop… I complained, asking how many stops on this 6-hour trip? We also needed about 45 minutes at ... read more

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District July 12th 2011

OK wow what a weekend! so this weekend we went khevsureti, a region in northern georgia near the chechen border. since this isnt the official blog i can write that we went to the border here or else teh school would flip out. i didnt feel the least bit scared and it was not dangerous or anything. I am not gonna write about the history of the khevsureti because u can read it here on wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khevsureti of course the journey was just as fun as the destination. it was a 2 day trip and they told us to pack warmly and be ready to hike a lot. so we get to the meeting place at 7am like tehy told us. so we are sitting in the bus waiting for everyone to come cuz obviously ... read more

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi June 30th 2011

ok so its been a while. honestly work hasn't been that stressful, in fact i wouldn't mind some more assignments. so i am not even gonna talk about work. so last saturday we finally were able to go to kazbegi, a village on the georgian military highway. this road was built in the 1800s and honestly i dont think it has been updated/fixed since. the roads are pretty crappy but not as bad as i expected. so this road was built to connect tbilisi to vladikavkaz in russia. nowadays, obviously u cant go to russia and borders are crossed and kazbegi is the last major town/village. kazbegi is famous for 2 things: 1. mount kazbek, the 3rd highest mountain in Georgia 2. the Holy Trinity Church and monastery on top of another mountain. for anyone who ... read more

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi June 20th 2011

ok so much to write about, i don't even know where to begin. i dunno if i should write about some observations i have made recently or what i have been doing. i will try to attempt both. i am just gonna go in order of events that have taken place in teh last couple of weeks. so last week we went and saw georgian dancing. wow is all i can say. holy crap. i dont know how it is physically possible to jump up in the air and land on your toes! or land on your knees and 'bounce' back up. it was amazing to watch. it really nice too cuz we were there with our entire host family and it was a nice "family" outing. the show was supposed to start at 8 but ... read more




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