Christmas Eve

I wish all of you beautiful, amazing and cozy Christmas!

Yesterday, 11 EVS volunteers celebrated together the Christmas Eve! We sat around a long table and ate our self-prepared food. We had melted Camembert, Khachapuri, potato salad, Bacon, Carrot cake, Plätzchen and more! It was nice to create our own supra. Everyone prepared something that reminded him or her of Christmas at home or at his or her home country. Sharing this kind of personal foods and traditions made us all so happy.

For me and almost all of my friends, it has been the first time that we have celebrated Christmas without our family. Personally, it felt not like Christmas at all. I missed the cosy moments in front of the Christmas tree and being with my whole family.  Anyway, it has been a nice and long celebration with friends, we shared so much, played games and had a lot of fun. Consequently, we got to know each other better and got closer.

We talked about our different Christmas celebration traditions and although we missed Christmas at home, we enjoyed to be together. Definitely, I will enjoy Christmas with my family even more in the next year!

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second stop: Yerevan 

View from my window in Rustavi: Sunrise
Hitchhiking: first try
View out of a truck.
The two drivers bought us coffee and turnt on the music!
One driver was pretty annoyed of our pee-breaks…
The driver of our 3rd car was more nice and stopped without hesitating!
Finally we arrived in Yerevan! After 7 hours hitchhiking!

Republiqe Square

We had to wait for our other EVS friends, to pick us ou and guide us to there flat! It was a really nice first day here and the City is very beautiful. Because of it’s big squares and places and modern streets and buildings, it looks more like a European city…

1st stop: Kutaisi

 

2nd week in Georgia: My first short trip has been Kutaisi. I have accompanied my flatmate Hiki to pick up her parents, who arrived at Kutaisi’s little Airport.
The first night, I slept in a horrible smoky dorm room of a hostel. Fortunately, I was able to change the hostel and I got a new nice bedroom in the flat of a very nice woman.

We travelled by mini van from Tbilisi to Kutaisi. That very exciting ride showed and confirmed that Georgian drivers drive as they were in a car chase, which means crazy, fast and off the beaten track. All in all, I was not able to sleep, because I had to hold on to Hiki’s arm and be prepared for the big crash.

Kutaisi is a beautiful city. With it’s mountainous and green landscape it is a natural and calm city. Contrasting the desert area of Rustavi and Tbilisi, Kutaisi is much more green and humid.
The river Rioni divides the mountainous area with it’s old houses and the city center, which contains many new buildings.

My favorite place and photographic object was the Colchis fountain. This fountain in is located in the central square of Kutaisi. It was built in 2011 by the architect David Gogichaishvili. The fountain consists of 30 gold plated statues.
Around the fountain were several beautiful and old buildings, like the city’s theater and cinema and some restaurants.

Besides, Hiki and I were a little bit disappointed about Kutaisi’s nightlife, because it does not exist.
We can find more going on in Rustavi!

Consequently, we used our power to explore the city.
We visited two Christian orthodox cathedrals.
The more famous one, is called Gelati (It is the one, with a lot of frescoes inside). We liked it very much.

Arrival

October 18th, I arrived at Tbilisi Airport at 3am.

I was picked-up from another volunteer and her friend. We drove to the volunteer’s flat and when I entered, I thought that this flat would be my new home for the next year.

It felt completely strange to me to call it “home”because my home is in Germany for my whole life.

During the next days I got to know my environment, including transport, food and all members of staff in my host organisation.

The organisation SIQA  is a non-profit legal entity, which is productively functioning in Georgia and abroad since 1999. SIQA oriented on development of critical and creative thinking trough informal learning among society’s members (age is unlimited), who’s motivated to positive changes, but also contribute to introducing innovative and already approved method of studying, that a person established as an active citizen, who’s oriented on self-development. (Siqaorg-en.blogspot.com)

The volunteers of SIQA are leading certain clubs, like English and German clubs, handicraft club and whatever the volunteers want to practice with youths of all ages.

During my first days, I will mostly help the other volunteer to prepare the club sessions.

In the following week, my Georgian language class will start. Since Georgian writing is very different from common German writing and the Georgian language is difficult to understand as well, it is necessary for me to learn it soon.