Gelati/Motsameta

Not many tourists come to Kutaisi for the city itself, but rather for the surrounding sights. One Saturday some German couch surfers were staying with a student at the training college, who invited us all out on a trip to two monasteries about 10km outside of the city. Gelati Monastery, built in the early 12th […]

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Gonio

A few weeks ago I went to Batumi, which is on the Black Sea. Unfortunately, it was rainy my second time to Batumi, as it had been my previous visit. About 10km outside of Batumi there is a small village named Gonio, which has an old Roman fortress that dates back to the first century […]

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Roommates

It’s always interesting when you room with someone. Especially when you have no control over who you’re going to be placed with. The following is more or less my collection of notes I took over the past month living with Pakistani host brother. He’s now in Tbilisi, so I feel a bit better about posting […]

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Wasting Time

I think most English teachers in Georgia on this program are becoming experts in wasting time. I hear that the crew in Tbilisi get together regularly and see each other often, but they have cafes and bars at their disposal. There are a few cafes and bars in Kutaisi, but not a great many. Living […]

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Multi-Lingual Dormitory

The dormitory has an interesting dynamic now that it is full of Azerbaijanis, and isn’t just me and my Pakistani host brother. (Who has since moved to Tbilisi. He took off yesterday, and has been replaced by a delightful British chap whose first concern about our rooms was whether we had a kettle or not.) […]

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Tuesday

It’s turning into a strange week. Woke up Tuesday morning for class. I figured today would be back to normal, I’d teach my lessons with my co-teacher (let’s give her a name…. how about Bibi?), and it would be a normal Tuesday. Got to my lesson at 9:00. On time, that is, which is early […]

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Monday Morning

Over the weekend, the dormitory has filled up. On Sunday about 100 Azerbaijanis moved in. They are here from villages from all over Georgia, and they are here in the dorm in Kutaisi for a one month crash course in Georgian. The dorm is a government run program that brings in ethnic minorities to teach […]

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In the Classroom

I eventually make my way to my classroom where I teach my lessons. In the breaks between classes or before classes, some students I don’t teach like to try to say hello. There aren’t many that are up to it, but there are some. I’m told that the students I do have take great pride […]

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Walking to School

Georgians, from what I gather, rarely walk anywhere. Why walk, when for 40 tetris (25 cents), you could just take a marshrutka? When I first arrived in Kutaisi, I asked my co-teacher how long it would take to walk to the school from the dormitory. She said (and whatever she says is in a delightful […]

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