So I am finally getting around to blogging! Yahoo! No promises on how riveting or regular it will be because everything is censored by the Peace Corps and if I want to write well it will need to be honest. Enough said.

So here’s the run down. I left my training village about a week ago and moved to my permanent site.. THE beach. Yes, I live across the street from the Black Sea and the backdrop to my village is also very rain forest esq. The city is just 50 cents and a 15 minute ride away. Things couldn’t look better for the summer. Who knew all this in Georgia?

Hmm, I’ve finished all my training and I now get to sit pretty on the beach for the remainder of the summer, minus the 1 week summer camp I’ve got to arrange and run.. easy! Oh and practicing this pesky language!

My new host family is absolutely wonderful. The make up: grandmother, father, mother, 15 year old brother, 13 year old sister; Margo, Nodari, Meri, Aleko, Eliso. They are kind and friendly and caring, if a little overbearing at times, but I’m working on them. The food is tasty and I eat fruit DAILY. This is no small thing, I ate maybe 5 pieces of fruit the entire first two months in country. My body was whining for it. My hosts run a sort of guest house each summer for random families to stay at the beach side and whatnot. It’s a minor annoyance but my family has also allowed a gang of my friends to stay over on the weekends so I figure its just a trade off.

So this post is pretty lame, I think I’m done fore now. Visit my facebook for photos, it’s much more efficient if I post them there.

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Georgia is awesome. Wish women had more freedom here, we cant really do anything without being judged. So, two stories, I literally got ants down my pants one day and yesterday on my morning run, I stepped  in what I thought was dry dirt but turned out to be a sink hole of mud, I looked like I had a lead foot and that I stepped in cement. Even better was the fact that the entire village knew this happened by the time I arrived home to get ready for class, this was 7am… no one was even awake when I left for the run.  Small village life.  Its kinda annoying to have to announce to the whole family that you want to shower and shit but no harm I guess.

Seems like Ive been here for a lot longer then 2 weeks. I wish we had a little more free time to chill out with friends. Sunday is the one and only day for that and now I am off to a picnic in Borjomi park with the other Mokhlise  ( volunteers). The language is crazy hard but coming along quite well PC does an amazing job and my LCF/teacher is very adept. The food is nice but nothing I would call flavor sensations.. Its wonderful though that these people live pretty much self sustainably.. milk and cheese from our cows, we eat the chickens running in the yard( I think they know they re next cuz they are scared!) and we also make yummy fresh bread daily. We have 4 maghazias in our village which are like mini marts.. really not much to them at all and supplies ar limited. Cant wait to buy some natural water here in big Borjomi.. I hate the frizzante shit, its not thirst quenching and I think Im dehydrated on a daily basis, but no worries I can deal just fine. So sorry for the horrid spelling and typos, this keyboard sucks balls.. but its nice to be connected to the world again. Check my facebook I posted a lot of random pictures.

Ok Peace and Love to you allllllll.

P.S. I love post letters write me some bitches. xo

Gamarjoba!

So I’ve been in Georgia for 3 days now. Mostly it’s been just orientation meetings and just a tiny bit of language practice.. which has been tough. What I’ve seen of Georgia.. jut outside the capital in a small village hotel is tranquil hilly beauty, the landscape isn’t striking but peaceful. I can’t wait to see more. My volunteer group, the G10s’ will be placed on the West Coast of Georgia, warmer weather but more rain. P.S. It’s pretty cold here now, I’ve got on a light coat, my winter boots (really my all the time boots) and gloves for nighttime outside…no jokes.

I met some super cool peeps and I am thankful I’ve found some people I truly vibe with, looking forward to learning more about everyone in the next few weeks. I hope some of my new buddies make it into my volunteer cluster group!

Today, Saturday, we will all be heading off to our individual host families to live in villages. I’ll be studying the language culture and how to teach TEFL for the next 10 weeks in cluster groups of 5 volunteers that live in or around my village. I haven’t meet my family yet, that nonsense is about to go down in like 10 hours. I am super excited, nervous and READY!

Wish me luck

Ciao,

Laura

My, my, my….I arranged my flight to depart for PC Georgia. I will leave at 6:30 am on Sunday April 25th. Yep, 23 days away from tomorrow morning. I can’t wait. I am bored, it’s Friday night, I am home watching t.v. … lame!

I don’t expect my life in Georgia to be fun filled 24/7 or say that I will never be extremely bored many a time, but surely it will be a challenge and an experience to explore. That is more then what can be said of what I’ve made out of life since college had to end.

That said, I feel booked in so many respects. I have tons of stuff to do and purchase,  as well as arrangements to be settled. I am really bored and most of my “dates” refer to obligations so I’m not super stoked on them. Nevertheless, ho tanti cose da fare.

One date to look forward to,  my going away party! I can’t wait to get a lil crazy once again.. Vegas seems like it was oh so long ago since the dull days that have filled the week since. I sure wish Ale was around to enjoy life together with. Ma e` cosi.

Wait… I actually did have a really enjoyable time over drinks with my new PC buddy Eng and his Georgian friend David. It was cool hear about Georgia from a Georgian.

Shit! I pretty much abandoned studying Georgian, but Today’s a new day. I think I am at a countdown of about 35 days till I depart or so? That’s about a letter a day to memorize. Forza! Time to pick up the pace on that.

I was gifted some lovely winter layers and a giant lovable down coat (Thanks Pops) that I just lay ON because its to dam hot to try on again and again in Cali. Things are getting real serious and close now. I found some winter boots I like, it sucks shopping online though I always feel confused and mislead because of course every product has great reviews. I met a fellow Californian going to Georgia with my group, yeah! We are gonna have a meal together and bs next week.

Set a date for my going away party, I can’t wait to get crazy with my hometown buddies on last time. But first comes Vegas next weekend, I’ve been dying to cut lose and this has been on my radar for so long. I have way to much free time on my hands, its time to get into a little harmless trouble as Vegas is intended. Work today, work tomorrow and then another giant chunk of free time. I wish my tv would stop beggin me to watch it all the time, what a waste!

Cuisine

Khachapuri

Georgian national cuisine is notable for an abundance of all possible kinds of meat, fish and vegetable hors d’oeuvres, various sorts of cheese, pickles and pungent seasonings, the only ones of their kind.

A guest invited to the Georgian table is first of all offered to eat the golden-brown khachapuri which is a thin pie filled with mildly salted cheese; then he is asked to try lobio (kidney bean) (ripened of fresh green beans) which nearly in every family is cooked according to its own recipes; stewed chicken in a garlic sauce; small river fish “tsotskhali” cooked when it is still still alive; sheat-fish in vinegar with finely chopped fennel; lori, a sort of ham; muzhuzhi, boiled and soaked in vinegar pig’s legs; cheese “sulguni” roasted in butter, pickled aubergines and green tomatoes which are filled with the walnut paste seasoned with vinegar, pomegranate grains and aromatic herbs; the vegetable dish “pkhali” made of finely chopped beet leaves or of spinach mixed with the walnut paste, pomegranate grains and various spices.

Mtsvadi

In East Georgia you will be offered wheaten bread baked on the walls of “tone”, which is a large cylinder-like clay oven, resembling a jar, while in West Georgia you will be treated to hot maize scones (mchadi) baked on clay frying-pans “ketsi”. Admirers of khinkali, a sort of strongly peppered mutton dumplings, a favorite dish with the mountain dwellers of Georgia-keep growing in number. Like everywhere in the Caucasus, mtsvadi (barbeque) is very popular in Georgia. Depending on a season, it is made of pork, mutton or beef.

The splendor of Georgia cuisine is backed up by famous white and red dry wines, among which anyone choose wine to one’s own taste: “Mukhuzani” with a pleasant bitter taste, golden cool “Tetra” light straw-coloured “Tsinandali” with a crystal sourish touch, dark amber-coloured slightly astrigent “Teliani”, rubycoloured “Ojaleshi” with a mildly sweet, emerald-like sparkling “Manavi”, garnet-red honey-tasting “Kindzmarauli”, and dark ruby-coloured velvety “Khvanchkara”, light-green “Gurjaani” dark golden fruity “Tibaani” and many others. If to Georgian wines you add best-brand cognacs, champagne, not to mention remarkable mineral waters and fruit drinks, you can fancy what pleasure Georgian cuisine will to you.

I am a wimpy Californian and I’m trying to figure out just how freaking freezing I will be next winter, in Georgia. Too bad this info is only as relevant as the 1960’s but, it’s something.

Just in case you forgot the metric system since all the way back that one or two times those pesky teachers attempted to teach it in school, 32F =  0C.

Region Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Tbilisi 0.9 2.6 6.6 11.9 17.3 21.1 24.4 24.2 19.6 13.8 7.6 2.8 12.7
West Georgia 5.2 5.8 8.4 12.9 17.9 21.0 23.2 23.6 20.5 16.4 11.5 7.5 14.5
East Georgia 0.5 1.9 5.7 11.1 16.0 19.6 22.9 23.0 18.5 13.1 7.0 2.5 11.8
South Georgia -2.1 -0.8 3.0 8.4 13.6 16.8 19.8 20.1 15.8 10.2 4.5 0.0 9.1
Mountains -0.6 -4.6 -0.5 5.2 11.0 14.0 16.4 16.3 12.0 7.1 1.6 -4.1 5.7
Sea North Coast 5.8 6.7 9.3 12.7 17.2 20.8 23.5 23.8 20.5 16.6 11.6 8.4 14.7
Sea South Coast 7.1 7.2 8.4 11.5 15.8 20.0 22.8 23.2 20.3 16.6 12.0 8.6 14.5

So I’ve got about half the Georgian alphabet characters memorized as well as the verb “to be”. Learning the alphabet reminds me of the kiddie game of “match the corresponding cards to one another”. Oh back in the day…

I suppose it’s time to advance towards actually sounding out words. Wish me luck.

People seem preoccupied with packing for the Peace Corps. I, strangely, am not. I know I will be at some point, but I honestly haven’t though too much about it since I was invited to serve. I guess the reality of it all still seems far off. Plus, I am expecting a packet of info from current Georgia volunteers which outlines the packing situation.  I am excited and daunted by the thought of actually setting out to decide upon packing so its procrastination for about another month I bet!

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Great, thanks, Wiki!

This article is about the terrestrial Eurasian mountain range. For other meanings, see Caucasus (disambiguation) and Caucasia.
Caucasus Mountains
Range
Khinalug settlement in Azerbaijan has a history of 5,000 years and is among the most ancient places in the world.
Countries Southern Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Northern Iran, Turkey
Highest point Mount Elbrus
– elevation 5,642 m (18,510 ft)
– coordinates 43°21′18″N 42°26′31″E / 43.355°N 42.44194°E / 43.355; 42.44194
Length 1,100 km (684 mi)
Width 160 km (99 mi)
Satellite image

The Caucasus Mountains is a mountain system in Eurasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the Caucasus region.

The Caucasus Mountains are made up of two separate mountain systems:

The Greater Caucasus Range extends from the Caucasian Natural Reserve in the vicinity of Sochi on the northeastern shore of the Black Sea, generally trending east-southeast and reaching nearly to Baku on the Caspian Sea, while the Lesser Caucasus runs parallel to the greater range, at a distance averaging about 100 km (60 mi) south. The Meskheti Range is a part of the Lesser Caucasus system. The Greater and Lesser Caucasus ranges are connected by the Likhi Range, which separates the Kolkhida Lowland from the Kura-Aras Lowland. In the southeast are the Talysh Mountains. The Lesser Caucasus and the Armenian Highland constitute the Transcaucasian Highland. The highest peak in the Caucasus range is Mount Elbrus in the Greater Caucasus, which rises to a height of 18,506 feet (5,642 meters) above sea level. Mountains near Sochi will host part of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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