Svaneti

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:

Da plane, da plane! It was a Canadian run airline (airline might not be the right word they only have one plane) anyway the pilots were Canadian which seemed kinda funny.

Da plane, da plane! It was a Canadian run airline (airline might not be the right word they only have one plane) anyway the pilots were Canadian which seemed kinda funny.

Svaneti, Mestia

View from the plane

Svaneti flight, Mestia

View from the plane, Georgia is making me wish I was a better photographer

road mestia, road svaneti

I am pretty sure this is part of the road that we took on the way out of Mestia

Queen Tamar Airport, Mestia, Svaneti

Queen Tamar airport in Mestia, it was built less than a year ago

Uhhhh, I guess they have run into some problems in the past...

Uhhhh, I guess they have run into some problems in the past...

Mestia, Svaneti

Mestia, it is the main Town in the Svaneti region

Move it cows.

Move it cows.

Cruising around town

Cruising around town

These towers are everywhere in Mestia. They are from the 9-12th century, from what I read, extended families would build and live in them to protect themselves from invading forces and other families (this region has a pretty violent past)

These towers are everywhere in Mestia. They are from the 9-12th century, from what I read, extended families would build and live in them to protect themselves from invading forces and other families (this region has a pretty violent past)

A Svan Tower (thanks google image search)

Close-up of a Mestian Tower (thanks google image search)

More Mestia

More Mestia

Mestia hiking, Svaneti hiking

The start of an eight hour hike up into the mountains

Hiking Svaneti, Hiking Mestia

Half way up the mountain

Hiking

Hiking

Kinda felt like I was hiking in a Windows screen saver...

Kinda felt like a Windows screen saver...

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

I wish I would have had time to sketch this scene

I wish I would have had time to sketch this

Koruldi lake, svaneti, hiking

Koruldi lake, at the top of the mountain

Just someone hanging out their laundry on their balcony...

Just someone hanging out their laundry on their balcony...

...or is it!

...or is it!

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I am teaching English in Georgia through the TLG program through December 23rd. It's fun.
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