When in Georgia, it helps to know these symbols: the pipe and the parasol. It's hard enough trying to determine which bathroom to use if you can't read the Georgian language, but if one of these images are on the door, you will know that pipes are for men and parasols are for women.
“I even don't blame them if they think of the Stalinist era as an age of paradise”
Where did u get that? :))
Georgia achieved its renaissance and golden age by the young King David IV of the Bagrationi royal family, at the age of 16 (Builder and Georgian Reconquista)!
Stalin, “Great Russian man”, Soviet dictator and political criminal, who led the Russian Bolshevik army into Georgia, which to this day continue to create great problems for Georgia's freedom and democracy, all but destroyed his home nation, simply destroyed the best parts of Georgia!
Saakashvili faced many problems on coming to office. Still, it is a risky mix, but one with at least the potential of bringing significant progress towards development, stability, success and territorial integrity!!!
"I'm only wondering how could this wonderful country and proud people produce such a monster as Stalin and such an idiot like Sakashvili? "
well...hade to comment and get involved in political debates, but this is just not right in my opinion.
Mikheil Saakashvili won the presidential elections in Georgia with more than 96% of the votes cast, making him the youngest national president in Europe.
The reforms initiated by Saakashvili are considered to have huge success; still the rate of corruption in the country has drastically reduced.
According to the World Bank accounts, Georgia is named as the number one economic reformer in the world and the country ranks as 11 in term of ease of doing business, when most of the country's neighbors¡¦ are in the 100s of the World Bank's rank.
Finally, there is a big hope of restoring Georgia's territorial integrity and you are calling him an idiot?
Wow, so sad... ƒº
"You might think that as a Pole you're throat is well trained, but you can't imagine how much wine and vodka a Georgian throat can take! :-) "
*Yes, Georgians drink a lot of wine, but not every day. Only if there are guests over or something is being selebrated.
*To refuse a glass of wine is rude,but to toast along,hold speeches and only drink symbolic sips from your glass is accepted.
*To say that you have a hang over is not reccomendet since the local remedy for this problem is more alcohol or you run the risk that they start preparing "HASHI", soup made of cew feet and cow stomach- the ultimate hang over cure... :)))
A traditional rural wedding - everybody has been invited: not only the villagers, but also the tourists who happened to be there. As the guests would not fit in any room in the whole village, they have gathered in the backyard of the bridegroom's house. Men and women are sitting apart. They are still waiting for the newlyweds, but the feast has already begun. Women will be bringing food to the table until the end of the feast. Finally, the newlyweds arrive and take their seats at the table, under a banner with an inscription wishing them happiness. In accordance with Georgian custom, the Tamad raises toasts, while men stand around the table. The cake is then cut into pieces and the dancing begins — mainly the traditional Lezginka. Naturally, the first dance belongs to the bride. The feast and revelry will last till morning.
When at the dawn of history God created the world, all nations gathered in one place, waiting for their share of the Earth. Each nation wanted to get a beautiful piece of land for themselves. They started to make a great noise, jostling one another. When the Georgians saw this, they decided they'd rather spend the time dancing, partying and feasting. Meanwhile, God distributed everything he had. However, when he heard the merry songs and inspired toasts, he took pity on the cheery, smiling people. To reward them for their high spirits and rustic joy, he decided to give them the most beautiful corner of the world, verdant, scenic, mountainous and fertile, one that he had intended to keep for himself.
Dance, parties and feasts still play an important role in the life of the Kists — Georgian Chechens who settled in the Pankisi Gorge. They play musical instruments, sing beautifully and dance with great flair.
The Daimoakh (“Homeland”) folk group was founded in the mid-1990s by Makvala Margoshvili, who is both its director and instructor. Among the singers are such celebrated Georgian artists as Keto Mutoshvili, Taissa Alkhanashvili and Mamuli. The dancers, both adults and children, perform mainly varieties of Lezginka, one of the most popular dances in Caucasus.
Dressed in traditional Kist costumes, they sing and play both Georgian and Chechen songs, which imbues their folk art with a unique sound and colour.
The Georgian Pankisi Gorge lies in the heart of the High Caucasus.
The Kists came here from Chechnya 200 years ago and adopted many Georgian customs, but also kept many of their own.
They still obey Muslim norms of social life. During visits to the mosque, women must dress in accordance with accepted canons, putting on a scarf, a long skirt or trousers. Not only in prayer, but also in everyday life they must conform to the strict separation of the world of men and the world of women.
All physical contact between men and women is forbidden in the presence of other people. Courtship takes place mainly by means of gestures and facial expressions, but must never be witnessed by others. After marriage, the wife may not sit or speak first in the presence of her in-laws.
Not many POS, but ATMs in the centre of T’bilisi are common sight. You can cash in both Lari (2,3 lari/1 euro) and USD. There’re some ATMs just outside the railways station, in front of a bank kiosk on the left side.
Should you have Manats left from Azerbaijan, they can be exchanged into Laris at quite reasonable rates in the exchange offices in the railways station. Banks won’t accept Manats.
Travelling by train from T’bilisi to Baku, I had to fill in and sign a sort of “customs declaration”. The only problem was that the paper was printed in Georgian only, with its marvellous hermetic letters. So I didn’t have the slightest clue of what was I supposed to fill in and where on the form. An English speaking local helped, but I still took some photos of the form I filled in, as putting my signature on that piece of paper was pretty annoying.
At least I have a proof :-))))
Travelling to Georgia under a Romanian passport requires a visa, which can be easily obtained from the Georgian Embassy in Bucharest, in exchange of 2photos + application form + passport + visa fee. The visa is issued same day, in the afternoon.
I even managed to get a two entry visa for 57 lei (less than 20 dollars), single entry visa 30 lei. Visa fee paid at bank indicated by the Embassy
Georgian Embassy in Romania
44-48 Mihai Eminescu street, Apt.8, Et.3, Sector 1, Bucureºti (near Piata Romana)
Tel: (0040-21) 210.06.02
Fax: (0040-21) 211.39.99
Visa applications received between: 10.00-12.00 (don’t count on 10 sharp, better arrive a little later)
Visas issued between: 15.00-16.00
Everywhere in Georgia you will see ribbons or some type of material tied to trees. Local tradition has it that if you tie something around the branch of the tree then your wish will come true. I dont know if it will but now you will know what these ribbons / everything are all over the country.
Georgians have a very rigid order of toasting. The toast master will call on everyone around to listen as he addresses everyone at the table. The head of the table will (in an intimate atmosphere) will pour the drinks himself. They toast God first, dead grandparents, living grandparents, brothers and sisters and on and on and on until you usually are either on the edge of your chair or up dancing but overall be respectful and allow your hosts to open their hearts without being interrupted and you will experience hospitality that will blow your socks off! Enjoy!
Georgians love to toast at the dinner table but there are many rules and regulations involved with the whole process. For example, the guest should never toast without asking the main person at the table as it is considered rude to the hosting family. You should always toast (if given permission) with hard liqour / spirits as Georgians only toast their enemies with beer. There are many many regulations and I will add some more in my tip files. Cheers.
Since summer 2005 there is no visa required any more for european citzens.
Russian need one. Isn't it strange?
You have to bring with your passport.
Georgian border guards are very friendly on all border post.
At night the risk of meeting a corrupt person is higher ...
when you dine together with georgians you will often be expected to drink quite a bit aswell.
not from little glasses but often from big bowls that go around the table.
it makes for a fun evening where everyone lossen up once they have had the first 2 pints of wine.
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