What I love about my research for WHY GEORGIA, is that I’m constantly getting pumped with inspiration. Meeting people I can learn things from, discovering things I wouldn’t believe existed. Let’s say, there is a place which is growing to a real cultural hub of Eastern Georgia, not being a fortress from XI century or an important religious object. It is located in Udabno, a village which sprang up after the experimental relocating of several Svan families from their remote green mountainous villages to this dry fruitless area, in order to create kind of a defensing point against possible threat from Azeri side.
I’ve been thinking to start this series of interviews since a long time, having met so many inspiring people who had chances to live anywhere else, but decided to settle in Georgia, and facing this question myself at least on weekly basis. Sometimes both locals and non-local don’t simply understand: WHY GEORGIA? Here is the first answer from Eric Binder, an American who settled in Tbilisi around 8 years ago, grew his children and his small tasty business here. We met at “Ronny’s Pizza” in Vake, the prestigious part of Tbilisi. I arranged the meeting through our common friend Archi, but