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Monday, August 31, 2009

Similar to the last three . . .

We have a typical balcony on the main street in T'bilisi. The next picture
is an interesting looking high school. The third is a close-up of the
'Mother Georgia' statue.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Some More Georgian Pictures

Three more pictures showing typical architecture on the main street downtown
and the 'Mother Georgia' statue in the distance.

Busy Sunday in Georgia!!

Well, I saw three monasteries today outside of T'bilisi. I have pictures of all of these and will post them soon. I'm exhausted now because, in the afternoon, I visited a flea market in the capital and viewed some art for sale on the street. I didn't buy any but my friend bought at least five pieces. I'll try to post some more pictures tomorrow.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

More from T'bilisi

Here are a few more pictures taken yesterday. The first one is of a church
near the hotel. The next is a street we walk down when heading to the city
center. The final one is of an informal downtown market. We're going on a
trip outside the city with a driver later this morning. Be sure to click on
the pictures to enlarge them.

Friday, August 28, 2009

First Complaint!

Okay, this is ridiculous! The high temperature yesterday was only 75 degrees F and I even had to wear a sweatshirt and jacket when I went out last night! This, after leaving 100 plus degrees in San Antonio, Texas. I don't know how long I can endure this cold weather :))

Georgia (1)

To all,

Okay, this one will be a short one due to my continuing battle with jetlag!
We (Michele and I) began our trip on Tuesday afternoon and arrived in
Georgia at 3am local time. It was good having a traveling companion
especially during the nine-hour layover in Munich. Had I not, I think I
would have gone crazy from boredom! The trip was without incident and
arrival was relatively hassle free. Our contacts picked us up at the
airport and deposited us at the hotel within the hour.

Speaking of the hotel, it's so convenient for us. The service is much
better than what I had expected for an ex-Soviet state and that's probably
because the owner is Georgian-American. What few problems we've had have
been quickly resolved with a humble apology.

We've also met some interesting guests here. Apparently, this hotel is the
base for several NGOs and journalists. One British gentleman we met works
for UNICEF. Another man from northern Italy is visiting Hazelnut
plantations for his company in the western part of the country. They shared
wonderful stories with us about this country and neighboring countries. We
hope to meet many more like this.

As for the locals, they seem a bit reserved but warm up immediately when
Michele practices the two words of Georgian she's already learned
(Hello--'gamarjobat' and thank you--'madlobt'). Unfortunately, Georgian is
not a Slavic language and isn't even related to any other languages. But,
we can use what little Russian we know to communicate until we learn the
local language.

I've enclosed some pictures of the city from above. I'm not too happy with
the quality of them but will have many opportunities to take more. We're
planning on going to some churches and ruins tomorrow on the edge of the
city.

As always, feedback would be appreciated.

Arrival!

I arrived in Georgia yesterday morning after a long trip! I will post more tomorrow on the details of living here along with some pictures.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Georgia

Not too much longer now, I'll be departing for Georgia next Tuesday at 5pm. I'm glad I had a week of leave leading up to the departure. It allowed me to get the house ready and pack without rushing around too much. I feel like I could go today if I had to. Will report again as the day nears.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Countdown to Departure!

As things stand now, I'll be departing the US on 25 August at roughly 5pm. I'm scheduled to arrive in the Republic of Georgia early on Thursday morning Georgian time. I would get there sooner but I have a nine-hour layover in Munich. Things could be worse, I guess. At least it's Germany and I do have a travel companion.

Hope you like the new look of the blog. I was getting tired of the bright green.

Air Force Museum

Here are a few pictures of aircraft from the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. I went there with my family during my vacation a week ago. See if you can guess the name of the aircraft!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Returning to San Antonio

I've had a very restful vacation here visiting family. The only major activity was visiting the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. That was very interesting not only because of the exhibits we saw, but also because it's relevant to my job. Anyway, I'm flying back to San Antonio today at 1430. I'm looking forward to getting back and beginning preparations for my departure to the Republic of Georgia on 25 August!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

At the Airport!

I'm here awaiting my flight. I got here a little too early but that's better than too late. I'll fly through DC to get to my family's home in Kentucky. I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling this month with the finale in the Republic of Georgia.

I really like the San Antonio airport. It's an international airport but the feeling is of a smaller one. It's not crowded and the staff are so polite even the TSA people at security. Quite a contrast to what I know I'll be facing in DC!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Leave, finally!

I'm on vacation next week and will fly to Kentucky tomorrow to see family. After next week, I'll begin officially outprocessing for my trip to Georgia. The following week, I may head down to Veracruz at the urging of a friend. I'm making up for lost time not traveling in almost a year.