Georgia Republic 2011

I returned to Tbilisi, Georgia in November 2011, to continue work with the Ministry of Education. This was a productive trip work wise and I was able to go out and have some fun though the weather did begin to turn cold.

Indiria's Party

Indira, the acting Chief of Party for the EMP Project that I work for, and her husband, Boka, were kind enough to invite a group of folks and their spouses from Chemonics, MoES and some of hte consultants to their summer home about an hour outside of Tbilisi. They have a wonderful and peaceful place right next to a river and the experience was fantastic: great scenerary, wonderful people and fantastic food!

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Nia's Riding Lesson

My good friend Badri invited me to come along and see his daughter, Nia, take her riding lesson. It was a very cold day as it had snowed the day before, but it was nonetheless a wonderful experience. The riding school is just outside of Tbilisi and we stopped at Lisi Lake on the way up. The photos and videos are not the best as I did not use my flash so as not to spook the horses and because the photos and videos were taken late in the day when the light was fading. Still it was great to see Nia ride as she is a natural on a horse.

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Freedom Square

When I visit Tbilisi, I stay at the Marriott on Freedom Square as it is so conventiently located to eating establishments, grocery stores and pharmacies. The photos in this section were taken from either my room, 204, or from just outside the entrance to the hotel.

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Turtle Lake

My friend Berika and I get together from time to time to walk Turtle Lake. We spent a few hours walking around the lake then going up the mountain so that I could take some photos. Afterwards, Berika was kind enough to take me to his home and fed me a wonderful meal.

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Walking Tbilisi

I decided to get up early one Sunday morning to walk and photograph Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi's main roadway, and take photos of the buildings lining this street as the buildings are simply beautiful. It was nice to be able to take photos without a million cars jamming up in the avenue. Rustaveli Avenue, formerly known as Golovin Street, is a named after the medieval Georgian poet, Shota Rustaveli. The Avenue starts at Freedom Square and extends for about 1.5 km in length, before it turns into an extension of Kostavas Street.

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Friends

In this section you will find photos of some of my very close and dear friends. The list is hardly comprehensive, these are photos of people I spent time with on this trip.

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