Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!

Thankfully we received a day of reprieve because of traveling halfway across the world.  They gave us the day off to do whatever and we will start tomorrow.  With that said, several friends and I decided to get up for breakfast then hit the City of Tbilisi!!!  Well, we did the waking up part…barely… and then went back to bed to conquer the city later on.

OK.. Part II.. woke up from nap… ready to conquer the city!  We decided to walk into the city. For good or bad, it was crazy hot, like a Savannah summer hot. And it took us 30 mins of doubtful walking in one direction to finally get to something that looked cool enough to say “we are here’.  Tbilisi has a lot of really old churches.  Up on top of hills/ mountains churches. So we decided to check those out.  Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

The following, Narikala Fortress, was built in the 4th century and considerably expanded over subsequent centuries.

Narikala Fortress

Took a break to do lunch. We all had versions of the best known national cuisine, Khachapuri. It basically consists of a warm bread bowl filled with hot cheese. Then on top is a slab of butter and a raw egg. You then stir the contents together and BAM! Super good.

Khachapuri

I’ve read lots of other blogs of people who came before me to Georgia. Great Advice, Extremely helpful. But obviously all that information needs to be understood to have a personal spin. It’s the same with this blog. To those that are following us here in the future, keep in mind, Georgia is changing on a daily basis, and things described now might have been subtly changed by the time you get here. I think that’s a great rule of thumb to have in mind. As this team starts and continues to talk about ‘what we’ve heard’, the discrepancies are numerous and varied.

For example, we took a taxi home from the restaurant.  It was CRAZY. And what was unbelievable was the driver didn’t know the hotel we were staying in although it was a five minute drive from the current location. What I did expect was a lot more ‘harassment’ of my two female counterparts (they did too).  But I guess I pose a threatening figure, hehe. Lesson to be learned: take all previous information with a grain of salt and filter with your own experiences.

After another nap when we returned, went downstairs to drink and meet other members of the team.  There are people from all over the world.  Fun and interesting people.  But by far, the accent I love above all others is the New Zealander’s. I am looking forward to spending more time with all of them.

Orientation starts tomorrow.

“You like to drink, so do we
Get my bottles, bring ‘um to me
Hold your glasses up, people everywhere…”

Yeah x3, Chris Brown

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