About

From 2012 to 2013 I taught English in Georgia (the country). I originally intended for this blog to document my experiences there, but I quickly realized that documenting my experience was boring. So this blog contains more impersonal thoughts about various Georgia-related topics (with an emphasis on linguistics).

You got Georgia questions? I got Georgia answers.

IMAGE POLICY: Most of the images on this blog are not mine. I generally find them on Google Image Search and Wikipedia. I try to link to pictures I find on personal blogs, but sometimes I don’t know where a picture came from. If I’ve used your picture and you object to it, let me know and we’ll work something out. If you want to use one of my pictures, ask me and we’ll work something out.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Your blog is just fascinating! It’s amusing to read of English teachers’ adventures in obscure foreign countries—such as Georgia. Sometimes they are fun—like enjoying a new holiday, or sometimes not—like losing internet access and having to base all teaching materials off of a book made for toddlers.

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  3. Hi,

    I’m writing a book with a Georgian character. Do you know any online resources that have more about the day to day life of a Georgian, Eastern Orthodox Church, or what life was like before WW2? I’ve read a few different blogs, but I wanted to know if you knew of books or other internet resources.

  4. Hello,
    My name is Davit, I am Megrelian ( Margal ). I read your article about differences and similarities between Megrelian and Georgian people. It is very interesting research and first of all thank you for this great job.
    As I understood, sadly, more researches about my culture (one of most ancient cultures in the world) are made by foreigner scientists, then our own. Unfortunately I can tell more than that, our researchers of history in my opinion ,very often, are too much subjective for their conclusions ( telling “facts”, without reliable sources).
    If it is interesting for you my opinion about who I consider myself, I will tell you that I am Margal ( I like to tell Colchian) and our language is very different from Georgian language. You wrote about Laz people language too. I spoke to one Laz person by facebook in Megrelian language ( or Megrelian-Laz), and we understood each other perfectly, he was using some turkish words mixed with Megrelian-Laz language and I of course similar to Georgian, because in the school we learn Georgian language (but not Megrelian) and our language is influenced by dominating language. Laz people speak very similar language to Megrelian Language ( also they were part of Colchian civilization), so I think that If we (Megrelians) belong to one country or culture Also Laz people should to be with us.
    Of course any culture is fundamentally influenced by local religion (and by other things too, but religion is one of the most important factor in my opinion) so it created some cultural differences between us, but they are our brothers.
    One more thing, very often I can easily distinguish Megrelian and Not Megrelian person only by look. So we are ethnically different from Karts.
    My opinion about most important thing, about territorial issue , separatism and autonomia: after all of this differences which I wrote in this letter I anyway think that to separate Megrelian region from Georgia will be big mistake for each part and region of Georgian territory, because first of all we will lose a lot of people in the inside war and second we have other very important enemies from outside, so it is very dangerous.
    However I have continuous wish that we keep our culture and traditions which is still remaining in Megrelian People and to rebuild organized beautiful place, because we have more than enough talents to make this (but within this territorial situation which exists today). After to gain others respect and to respect ourselves again and to be more ready for any kind of attempts of discrimination by culture or language criterium. But this “Wish”, to be realized needs some continuous investments of money ( I do not have also hope from state for investing in this) and of course human resources, who will manage development of my people (without separation of territory) . I saw some people started to do some things for our culture but when it is not centralized, this kind of activities, they are not efficient.
    Thank you again for your very interesting article about Samargalo.

    P.S. if you can to give me some reliable internet sources about Megrelia I will be very gratful.

    Best of regards friend,

    Davit

    kolxidaviti@gmail.com

    • Thank you, this is all very interesting! One remark about the relationship between Laz and Mingrelians: I met a Laz woman in Istanbul who referred to Mingrelians as “Christian Laz”! I found it to be a striking inversion of how the relationship between the two groups is usually portrayed.

  5. Are you Russian? Your facts are not true, about Georgians and you making wrong information about GeorgianAdjarians mainly a re Christians not Muslims! Wtf is Kart? Karti people don’t exist! Karti in Mingrelian language is Tbilisi. In Mingrelia from childhood they learning Georgian language! Mingrelians in Abkhazia studied in Georgian shcools! What means that they don’t know Georgian language in Abkhazia? Why posting about Georgia when you have not correct facts? Language don’t meaning a nation! Nation is when people united and established a country! Georgia was established by many tribes and Georgian is nationality fot this tribes). Mingrelians are tribe the nation! In old Greek texts Mingrelians are tribe also in old Georgian texts Mingrelians are tribe! Please stop posting about Georgian nation until you are unlearned and delete post about Mingrelians. p.s. Laz people in Turkey are assimilated by Turks they are not Laz.

  6. Hi there, I contacted you once before about your piece on the Georgian church in Istanbul and the altar piece made by Jozef Ratynski. I am in the process of writing a blog article myself on the Polish emigres in Istanbul in the 19th century. I plan to add a link back to your article on the church but wondered if I could also use your picture of the altar piece on my own blog please? Many thanks, Angela.

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