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Asia » Georgia » Western Georgia » Svaneti April 16th 2012

"Dragoman" in Georgia 2001-2008... read more
Black sea
On the road to Mestia
On the road to Mestia

Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District » Tbilisi April 13th 2012

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
Form one class
Form two student
English club

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
Shilda
The boys and I at the waterfall
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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
Aaron

Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Telavi February 13th 2012

The past three weeks in Shilda have been both challenging and enjoying. The temperatures have dropped and the snow has continued to fall at varying rates. Electricity has been intermittent and water has been non existent within the housing pipes. Water does come on for around an hour every second day...most of the time. This is enough time for us to fill up the many water bottles, pots, pans and buckets that the family have. We have had a total of three showers since returning as we were lucky enough to not be at school when the water decides to run, actually Mikaela is having one as I speak, this is an exciting day! (False alarm – the water ran for 10 minutes and then decided to stop)We get by having hot water boiled on the ... read more
Drying the newborn
Shilda
Marshrutka Station Telavi

Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Shilda January 29th 2012

We arrived home to Shilda to knee high snow, no power and or water. We were lucky that we took the Murshutka that we did as ours was the last to make it through the snow to our village for a couple of days. We were supposed to begin our first day of the semester the following day however more snow fell at night and it was cancelled. We spent the weekend making snow men, having snow fights and walking around the village which looked completely different under the blankets of snow. I also spend a lot of time huddled besides the fire place reading. The snow as bought out many young boys and men in our village walking around with pallet guns used for shooting small birds. Our host brothers have proudly presented these dead ... read more
Tolli Papa
Old Soviet building
One of the Shildas Churches

Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Shilda January 2nd 2012

What a week it has been.. We attended Supra after supra ...drank and ate...drank and ate. We toasted to the gods, children, women, family, and peace..Have put on a least 20Kg..And Aaron‘s kidney is surely crying. We slaughtered a pig which we ate for the rest of the week (breakfast, lunch, second lunch and dinner). Aaron had to take part in this along with the other males of the house hold mean while I sat in our house horrified at the pigs screams. Every part of the pig was eaten including the tongue and intestines which I did eat, they were not delicious! Our family hosted the New Years supra so there was a lot of food preparation happening in our household which I really enjoyed (see pictures below). Our week ended with New Years. Georgians ... read more
 Shashlyk
Preserving the pig
Preparing the meat

Asia » Georgia » Eastern Georgia » Shilda December 24th 2011

It is only the beginning.. We have now been in Georgia for three weeks, so much has happened yet there is so much to come, we are here for the long haul...7 months in Georgia. We are now on our school holidays; the end of the school year was celebrated yesterday with Christmas concerts at each of our schools. The girls wore their traditional white dress while the boys wore little suit jackets. The children sang carols and performed plays - we did not understand them but it was still cute. (See photos below) Last week was our second week of teaching in our schools; it was also the last week of the school year in Georgia. Last week continued in much the same way as the previous week however with more empty seats in classrooms ... read more
Baking bread Georgian style
Christmas concert
Mikaela and host brother cooking




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