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
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
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
Israel didn’t come down on me as a huge wave of sun, old stories and warm air, as I used to imagine before. It didn’t tempt me to give up everything and immediately move there. Our first encounter in Ben Gurion Internatinal Airport felt like a business meeting: hi, how are you, welcome, here is the exchange, here is taxi, here are the shuttles, 64 shekel, you are welcome. In Jerusalem the feeling gets warmer: in a cozy neighbourhood with not very cozy name “German Colony” I am really welcome by the mother of my friend Naomi. She is feeding me,
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
As you know, recently Tbilisi has experienced a natural flood which caused damage to several neighbourhoods, left some families homeless and led to death of many animals from Tbilisi Zoo. But it also caused a flood of volunteers and simply aware citizens who wanted to help their city and those who suffered because of disaster. It showed that people of Tbilisi are Tbilisi’s flesh and soul, and that kindness and mercy are not just a words. Now, as the affected neighbourhoods are recovering and life is becoming normal, I want to tell you about a place which existed before the flood