Summer. The great outdoors. Tons of friends visiting. Nature. Wine.
As you can see by my lack of writing, the past weeks have been eventful and busy. Instead of writing everything down that happened, which is a lot, I just want to highlight a few things (Maybe not in chronological order because my memory is bad).
First of all, we went again on a trip to the west! This time it was to lower Racha, which treated us from its best side. From stories I have heard that higher Racha is even better, but at that time the weather there was supposed to be a bit too cold and rainy there. We stayed in the family home of Giorgi, a Georgian friend of ours, which was unoccupied for the weekend. So we had a nice place to sleep and cook, all while experiencing how Georgian families live in their villages. Based from there we went on daytrips to Ambrolauri, an ice cave, Shaori Lake and other places. All in all it was a great trip with great memories.
Earlier than that, my lovely parents managed to visit me, even though they could not stay as long as they wanted because of some health complications. Nonetheless we had a very great time, had several Supras and saw a lot of places together. They also brought me some delicacies from Germany that are hard to find here in Georgia, including Pfeffi, Sternburg Beer and Parmesan cheese.
Also the German language club I was holding at a local school in Rustavi has come to an end, because school in Georgia ends in two weeks. In the past two months, the children have been preparing presentations about various regions of Georgia, about the culture, food and dances. What was very noteworthy is that almost every young Georgian seems to attend dance lessons for their traditional dances. Almost every group danced a dance from the regions they were presenting. And I have to say, they dance very well, especially for their age! I will attach a video so you can also have a look at it. Overall, we had a lot of fun on that day.
Last weekend Clara, a friend from Germany, was also visiting. We mostly traveled around the regions close to Rustavi and Tbilisi, and stayed for one day at the house of one of my youngsters from my English club. There we had the classical Georgian family experience. There was only her grandmother, great-grandmother and grandfather there. So we firstly got filled up with all kinds of food, where of course, we had to eat a lot. Then the grandfather came home, and we had to drink tons of homemade wine with him. It fits the stereotype, but I must say that I quite enjoy that one! Communication was mostly done through our Russian speaking friends and my small broken bits of Georgian. It worked out quite well in the end though!
In interesting event that also happened in the past month was a police raid to several clubs in Tbilisi, including the world-famous club Bassiani. Officially, it was to combat drug use and drug trafficking and use. But judging from the force used and amount of people arrested, it was more a show of force from the Georgian government against the Tbilisi club scene, which is one of the most progressive elements in all of Georgia. As a response to that, there was a dance-demonstration in front of the Georgian parliament building that lasted two days and ten thousand people attended. Sadly, on the second day it was attacked by members of the fascist “Georgian Marsh” party, and minor clashes ensued.
That should cover the most interesting events since my last post, I will try my best to write with less time in between in the future!