Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Let's see, what else? I will be posting some ethnograpic info on Georgia as soon as I get it from my friend.
Oh! Did I mention how much I'm looking forward to going to work today in this lovely country?
(I keep editing this post for some reason) Pictures of note later this week will include a 1,600 old church, the oldest in Tbilisi with the interior still having the old Roman-style columns supporting the building.
local church. I don't remember too many details though because I was still
terribly jetlagged. I do know this was the location of the old capital of
Eastern Georgia centuries ago.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Goodness! No one should enjoy work as much as I do!!! I can't understand why they're paying me, I should be paying them!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
are of structures at the site with one picture showing what risks I'm
willing to take for that perfect photo! The final picture is the view from
my balcony at sunset. It's hard for me to force myself to walk out on the
balcony in the evenings as you can imagine!
Please let me know what you think.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
friend took me to the 'Davit Gareji' monastery complex on the Azeri border.
This area is famous in Georgian history for all the invasions it's endured,
the most notorious being one by the Persians in the 17th century that
resulted in the deaths of 6,000 monks. Despite its tragic history, it was a
fascinating place to visit with beautiful views in all directions.
The day began in an interesting fashion. My friend picked me up at a
predetermined location downtown and brought another friend along with him.
The latter happened to be a monk, which came as a bit of a surprise! At
first, I felt a bit uncomfortable thinking I might need to monitor my
behavior. But then, I figured having a monk along was probably the best way
to explore a monastery. He didn't speak English as well as my friend but he
was a very nice person and we got along quite well the rest of the day.
The drive was so scenic moving from wine country to a semi-desert
environment. We eventually veered off on gravel roads and entered an area
that reminded me of the great plains except with bigger hills. I was
immediately warned about the prevalence of poisonous snakes in the area with
some having venom comparable to a cobra!! I'm not sure if that's true but
there were certainly a lot of snakes as you will see from the pictures.
The main monastery itself was amazing and the pictures don't quite convey
the enormity of it. Anyway, let me narrate them in the order they appear:
#1 Good view of the surrounding area!
#2 Under this rock there are tunnels that act as a viaduct for the water.
#3 Entrance to the monastery
#4 Rooms carved out of rock
#5 A little friend
#6 Me with my friend
#7 Can you guess what this is??
I have so many more pictures of this trip and others and will put them up on
my site if you want to see them. As always, feedback is appreciated.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I had a nice walk down the main street (Rustaveli) yesterday evening. It's already getting cooler here and I could have used a jacket had I known before setting out on the walk. What never ceases to amaze me is how European streets are always so clean. This, combined with the interesting, old world architecture, makes it an enjoyable experience every time I take a simple stroll.
Well, off to work soon!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
hotel but of a much higher quality. The view on the balcony is also
magnificent. Look at the pictures from bottom to top and that will simulate
how the view appears to me as I scan it in the same direction.