Things have been going pretty well lately. The 7-12 grade teacher took two weeks off for her honeymoon, so I have been teaching her classes by myself, in addition to co-teaching the younger kids lessons. I think I have been doing alright, but it has definitely been a challenge at times. I am sure 12-18 year old’s are tough to teach/keep in line anywhere, but when you throw in the language barrier it definitely gets trying. It seems like about a third of the kids are excited about learning English, a third are somewhat interested and a third either couldn’t care less, or have a learning disability or something, it is tough to tell sometimes. At any rate it will be a relief next week when I go back to only co-teaching the young’uns. Another thing, it’s been freaking cold at school. It has been snowing on and off this week and there has been zero heat in the building. Come to think of it I haven’t even seen a light on. Everyone just wears their parkas and winter hats all day.
Anyway, this last weekend I went to Svaneti, which is a mountainous region in the northern part of the country (it borders Russia) with a few friends. The mountain ranges there were, they reminded me of the Swiss Alps. We flew there on Friday afternoon and planned on flying back Sunday, but unfortunately the flight back was cancelled due to weather. We had to spend twelve hours on buses/waiting for buses, but the drive down through the mountains was really scenic so it all worked out in the end. I would go into detail about all of the sites but let’s be honest looking at pictures is funner than reading a long winded blog. So here ya go: