15 GEORGIAN WORDS TO LEARN TILL THE END OF 2017

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15 GEORGIAN WORDS TO LEARN TILL THE END OF 2017

15 GEORGIAN WORDS TO LEARN TILL THE END OF 2017

Recently at least three people asked me about the tips how to learn the Georgian language. Being very sincere, I’ve never learned it properly: having thrown myself into the local life, I had to start reading and writing, and if I didn’t understand some grammatical issues, a great professor of linguistics, Tako Mghebrishvili, was there to help. The language is very old and quite complicated. Even if you are not staying here forever, during your trip around the country you might learn some basic words such as “gamarjoba” for “hello” and “madloba” for “thank you”. I decided to teach you some seasonal

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#lifehack_Georgia: how to survive bad weather during your holidays

#lifehack_Georgia: how to survive bad weather during your holidays

Of course I would love to have amazing weather 365/365 a year, but Georgia is way too diverse, and the weather in its different regions can significantly differ. If you happened to travel here and wake up to a rain or cold day, don’t be upset. This situation can also bring you positive emotions. The most obvious option is to check weather forecast and go to any place, where it is sunnier or dryer. One-day trips from Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Telavi, Kvareli, Sighnaghi and Batumi are possible. If you are in a small town or village in the nature – Mestia,

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5 Thrilling Places to Enjoy Wine in Tbilisi

5 Thrilling Places to Enjoy Wine in Tbilisi

Once my mum asked me what I was doing, and I sent her a snapshot of me sitting in the newly opened wine bar in Kutaisi with a glass of Krakhuna (crispy local white wine) in front of me. “Does your hand ever rest from holding a glass?”, mum joked, but the joke had a taste of homemade Tsolikouri: it was straight, honest and not very clear at the same time. But what can I do? That was her and my dad who took me to my first tastings in Ukraine, and now, as I live in Georgia, level of

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Georgia Beyond the Popular Routes, v.1: German Heritage + Georgian Whiskey

Georgia Beyond the Popular Routes, v.1: German Heritage + Georgian Whiskey

When I started this website years ago, the articles about Tbilisi backstreets, prices for sulfur baths, or trips to Batumi were quite a rare thing. Now, as I’m hunting the content for the official facebook page of Georgia’s tourism, I stumble upon zillions of articles from world famous and little regional media that tell about (oh wow!) walks in Old Tbilisi or bicycle lanes of Batumi. So, my friends, if you are still reading it, you’re going to encounter a couple of places that you might have never heard about. Or at least, they were not in your list of

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A short break in Tbilisi: Where to stay, eat, party and recover

A short break in Tbilisi: Where to stay, eat, party and recover

One nice Thursday afternoon in winter 2016 I went to one of the new coffee shops to check out their winter menu. You might not understand the peculiarity of the situation, but Tbilisi  still was a city that mostly drinks Turkish coffee (which I also like), had instant coffee listed in the menus of quite an amount of restaurants and didn’t care what was beyond cappuccino and latte. And here we had a winter menu of a coffee shop. Being rather a black coffee person, I was still curious to taste those new Russian-style raf and Australian-style flat white, that have never

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Writing a Guide to the Cradle of Wine: my sober story

Writing a Guide to the Cradle of Wine: my sober story

Have you ever wanted to write a book? Quick googling showed that around 80% of people would say yes to this. It looks like a great thing to do: become famous, an opinion leader, earn a fortune, sign hundreds and thousands of copies, be admired and respected… Now, as the travel guide to the wine regions of Georgia by Miquel Hudin and me is already one month old, I want to share my experience and emotions of becoming an author. If you are here, you might know my story, right? A Ukrainian who worked as a sports journalist in Ukraine

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Freelancers’ oases of Tbilisi

Freelancers’ oases of Tbilisi

Since I moved here in 2013, I notice more and more people who come to Tbilisi not just to experience the Georgian version of “hakuna matata”-lifestyle, but also to work and create. Of course, a hotel room or an airbnb flat is not always the most inspiring place, so the questions about convenient spots for freelancers started to pop up more often. As you might guess, I also work on my official weekends, spending my time with laptop and notepads in various locations all around Tbilisi, drinking dozens of cups of coffee and tea, and making up a list of

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Extend your business trip: 6 Spa hotels to try in Georgia

Extend your business trip: 6 Spa hotels to try in Georgia

Usually while gathering ideas for a vacation in Georgia, people rather think of mountains, hiking, trekking and maybe Georgian wine. It is all true, but actually there are some little spa gems hidden between green mountains and picturesque lakes. Doesn’t matter, if your trip to Georgia is for business or leisure: you should definitely find at least one day for discovering one of those places! Actually, the most known spa region in Georgia is Borjomi, a small town in the Southern part of the country, rich on mineral and thermal springs. Borjomi water is one of the main export items;

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10 Entertaining Things To Do In Georgia

10 Entertaining Things To Do In Georgia

As a person who already knows something about the Georgian tourism, I can tell you for sure that most people usually travel here for our great food, for affordable natural wine accompanied by Borjomi water afterwards, for this weird mixture of old and new, and for the Black Sea. Then, maybe, there are mountains and couple of important churches in the list. To me, it is SO SAD! Without a doubt: milky cheeses, variety of fruits and herbs, flavorous spices and fresh hot khachapuri can make you hungry even as you read about them. Seaside is also good, especially in Gonio

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Tbilisi Fashion Week S/S 2017: #wearGeorgian and celebrate youth

Tbilisi Fashion Week S/S 2017: #wearGeorgian and celebrate youth

As I came to Georgia in 2012, wearing local designers seemed to me not a big fashion, but rather a support of a friend who owns an atelier. The Georgians cherish friendships, so there were always people who wore something made here. There were always Avtandil, Anouki, Tamuna Ingorokva, Aleksander Akhalkatsishvili and another dozens of names, but the market seemed pretty small and segmented. Recent Tbilisi Fashion Week in October 2016 made me quite proud. I had this weird tickling and warm feeling of seeing the future. Even though the opening featured fantastic old dresses of Nino Ramishvili, the founder

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