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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Video: Amazing Costumes!

Every costume you see is based on a particular culture/tradition in different parts of Georgia!

Friday, November 27, 2009

More House Pictures!








I posted just a few more pictures of the house and surrounding area. One thing, the view from the backyard and across the field is of Culebra Road for any San Antonio residents who might be looking at these. I hope it's a long time before that field is sold for commercial reasons!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Supra/Tamada


Normally, I would never post a picture of someone at a party without their permission. However, in this case, the person insisted that I post the picture! This individual served as the 'Tamada' at a 'Supra' I attended a few weeks ago. To refresh your memory, a Supra is a kind of Georgian party that is held on special occasions or, possibly for no special reason at all. The Tamada is the person who proposes toasts during the Supra. But, he doesn't propose just any toast-there seems to be a formal process that occurs during the evening. I must admit, I don't really understand how this proceeds so maybe others out there can comment on this. All I can say is, our Tamada was a very talented toastmaster dare I say, almost poetic!


You may notice a glass in the person's right hand. I believe there was only water in his glass the whole night. Otherwise, no human being could have drunk as many shots as this person seemed to have done!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

House Pictures

I was working in the yard today (enjoying my vacation) and decided to snap some pictures of my house. Here are a few with descriptions below each picture.


Various bushes/plants that need to be trimmed!

My house (full view)

The cul-de-sac nearby

Back Porch

SUV in the driveway (I'm one of the few who can actually use their garage)




Another Amazing Video!

Here is another video from the performance I saw a few weeks ago. Again, the music/dancing is amazing!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Georgia on my mind . . .


I've finally started getting over the jetlag but I'm still missing Georgia terribly. Fortunately, I'm in touch with friends over there so this makes it a little easier to cope. Here is a view of T'bilisi that I'm posting just to remind myself of how beautiful it is/was.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Back in Texas!

I returned about two hours ago and just wanted to let everyone know I made it back safely. The house and yard were in pretty good condition primarily because a trusted friend was looking out for it these last three months. I better stop now because I am so jetlagged!

I'll post more tomorrow after I get some sleep.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Final Days

Well, I will be leaving T'bilisi early Saturday morning. It's been a great three months and I wish I could stay here much longer. You know, when this opportunity came up, I almost didn't pursue it. There were so many reasons why I should not have left the US at that time and yet, for some reason I decided to come anyway. Now that I've had all these fantastic experiences and met all these wonderful people, I have to wonder if fate had a hand in my decision. My life and perception of life have been altered so much in the last three months. Thank goodness I followed my instincts and came.

So, my body will be leaving Georgia but my heart will always be here. I wish to say goodbye to the wonderful friends I've made and to thank them for the generosity they've all shown me.

Until the next time . . .

Russ

Monday, November 16, 2009

Video: Dagger Fighting!

Here is a video showing a traditional dance that involves sword/dagger fighting. I wish the video quality were better because you could actually see the sparks flying from the metal as you viewed it in real life. What an amazing performance this was! I'll post some more videos this week along with still pictures. Enjoy!

PS Isn't the music great as well? Be sure to turn up the volume!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Just to Whet Your Appetite!

I'll be posting some pictures/videos of Georgian traditional dancing in the next few days. I think the videos will be very entertaining!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ananuri Again

I'm trying to catch up with pictures I never got around to posting. Here are a few more from Ananuri about 70kms north of T'bilisi. In case you forgot the history of this site, you can review it at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananuri



Nice Cloud

The Monastery Grounds

The Lake

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Has it been this long?

I didn't realize I had not posted on my blog since last Saturday. I think it's because I've been so busy trying to do as much as possible before I leave Georgia. I've still got plenty of pictures to post and so, I will continue to do so even when I'm back in Texas. When I run out of pictures, I will probably post news articles about Georgia and comment on these. Whatever, I will never forget this wonderful country and the fantastic friends I've made here.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Traditional Music/Dancing

Here is a video from last night showing traditional Georgian dancing. There is some streaking in the video from the lights but it's not too distracting. Be sure to turn up the volume on your computer!

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Wow! Last night, I went to a Georgian 'Supra.' This is a kind of party
that involves a lot of eating and drinking. The most interesting part is
when the 'Tamada' (the toastmaster) stands up and begins with the various
toasts. These toasts are well thought out and follow a pattern as the night
progresses. We also listened to Georgian traditional music played by a live

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Happy People Dancing!!!

And you would be, too if you lived in Georgia!

For my Georgian friends, can you guess where this picture was taken . . .


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wednesday Morning!

It's already Wednesday!  Why don't I remember Monday or Tuesday?  Seriously, time is moving so fast here.  I will miss this place so much!  I took a walk in the freezing rain yesterday evening because I couldn't bear the thought of wasting time in my room!  I've been here almost three months and the romance is not fading at all!

Monday, November 2, 2009

My Favorite Stroll (Final Stage)

These are the last pictures of my favorite stroll in T'bilisi.  Years from now, I'll look at these pictures and reminisce about how much joy I got out of doing such a simple thing in such an amazing place.  I wish I could convey to all of you how wonderful it is to live here.



Freedom Circle from far away


Mother Georgia in the distance


Close Up


Church entrance on the way back


Typically beautiful T'bilisi architecture

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Great Weekend!

I had a wonderful weekend!  It was great getting outside the city and seeing some of the countryside even though it rained a lot!