Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
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
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
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
As always, feedback would be appreciated.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Hope you like the new look of the blog. I was getting tired of the bright green.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
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!