Week 5 is over and are we glad. This past week we had the usual daily classes as well as mid PST assessments. First there was the technical areas (for Tom: business) (for Suzanne: education). PC requires a 90% passing grade on these tests. Neither of us achieved that so we have re-answer the questions that we got wrong. It’s like being in school again but we get to retake the questions we missed. Then there was the interview with the PST Program Manager. We each met with Tengo (that’s him) and generally discussed how “things were goings”. Did we have any concerns and, if so, what were they. How were we doing with the language? You get the picture. Then came the final nail in the coffin….the individual 20 minute interview in Georgian. We stumbled our way through that and will receive some feedback as to our level at this point. Novice Low is what I expect and Tom agrees with that. You can probably guess that Friday night couldn’t come quick enough for most.
Today was a rare free day…not really. It was a “cultural trip” day when we could take a day trip or even an overnight in the country as long as we were back by Sunday at 7 PM….and Tbilisi was off limits! We decided to go to Tsinandali a village about 15 minutes our side of Telavi which has a beautiful museum and lovely surrounding park. The museum was very enlightening view of some of Georgia’s history in the late 19th and early.20th century. It was interesting to learn the connections of some of the aristocracy with that of other European countries and the connection at that time of Georgia with Russia. Sometimes it seems that not much has changed.
Tomorrow, Sunday 10 June 2012, we have another breather day but we will have to do some review of the material for our test retake on Monday. We are also going through our things to repack two of our suitcases for our trip next week. You will get more information about this trip in our next posting. Here are some pictures of recent activities.