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August 2013

Welcome to საქართველო

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Can anyone guess from the title where I am at the moment? საქართველო, Sakartvelo, more specifically located in Tbilisi... I suppose for many people this is still not bringing too many associations, so let me introduce my temporary home; Georgia.

To keep a long story short I'm in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia for a few weeks ahead while I await my new visa, I had actually planned a trip here next week, but it was pushed forward thanks so some unforeseen circumstances. Despite missing Baku I'm enjoying the change of scenery and chance to get to know a new city.

If you are not a geography wiz and/or haven't bothered opening a map yet, let me tell you Georgia lies northwest of Azerbaijan. I didn't know what to expect from Georgia, as I didn't know much about the country, but some first impressions its quite different from what I've gotten used to in Baku.

Tbilisi lies long-stretched along the banks of the river Kura with hills and mountains surrounding the city, because of the topography the city center is close-knit and has a nice small-town atmosphere where it is easy to navigate. The city has a rustic feel with many old and abandoned buildings in styles from Soviet, classical and a few odd modern structures combined. In addition we have the orthodox churches marring the city-picture.

Despite being easy to navigate, one thing makes it more foreign than Baku; the language! The Georgian language has its own unique script and alphabet, which I admittedly only saw for the first time a few weeks ago. Russian is also widespread (a heritage from USSR), but its declining its use. But lets go back to Georgian, it deserves a chapter on its own. The pretty rounded characters of the phonetic alphabet are quite beautiful and interesting, it reminds me of some "secret code language" exercises we had as kids. Also the sound is different, and its has very few vowels making it consonant heavy. Its nothing like Azeri (not in the same language family).

I will stay in Georgia for the next 1,5 weeks, so I have a lot more to see and learn

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Posted by CamillaS 06:19 Archived in Georgia Tagged georgia tbilisi Comments (1)

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