The Georgian Alphabet
I did not like to put the Georgian Alphabet under a trap section @ all but if you are unprepared you'll be trapped. I do apologize for all Georgian who might feel offended; they are after all gracious enough to forgive me. @ least we ignorant foreigners feel trapped when confronted by the Georgian Alphabet.
The bad news there is 33 letters in the alphabet that you'll encounter for the first time. The good news there is no casing so there are no capital and small letters. What a relief!!. The other good news is the letter/sound relationship is one to one meaning each letter can be read only one way. It is not difficult to learn and it is actually very engaging and stimulating to do so. The Georgian Alphabet first appeared around 400 AD.
The Georgian language is unique in another way also. It is not connected to any other major languages. It is connected to 3 other minor local languages spoken in the Caucus area. While in Georgia I realized that there are plenty of Arabic, Farsi and Turkish words in the Georgian language.
Saunas not really Saunas
Some of the saunas that may be seen all around the city are not really saunas. These are brothels. Therefore if you decide to go to Sauna you may be surprised to see a shabby or a luxury place with no relation to where you intended to go...
Old Town saunas are traditional bathes. Though about a year ago Sauna Poseidon one of the most notorious brothels located in the old town was confiscated and destroyed by the municipality. This sauna employed the individuals of the oldest profession....
One thing that Georgians have an extremality is a consumption of alcohol on Georgian Table - SUPRA. Georgians love to drink a lot of wine, vodka or whatever is stronger. And for some reason they believe that foreigners who do not have such a culture, must match them in alcohol drinking. So be aware... On one hand Georgian Table is really an interesting experience, but on the other hand if Toastmaster insists on matching him in drinking, than this is where problems may come up...
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