შეგიძლიათ დაჯერება! რვა კვირის განმავლობაში არ მოვიდა და წავიდა და მხოლოდ სამი სანამ გახდა ოფიციალური მშვიდობის კორპუსის მოხალისეები.
Sorry, I let my Georgian get the best of me. Here is what I said:
Can you believe it! Eight weeks have come and gone and only three more before we become official Peace Corps Volunteers.
Now to continue.
It’s true what they say about life after Site selection and Site visit — everything appears to be going down hill as we rush to the finish line.
So what happened this past week. Oh yes, there was this flu bug still hanging around. First Tom, that’s me, had it badly last week. Then I seem to have given it to Suzanne who was in bed one day with a fever and still has this nagging cough. But, generally we are doing well and staying healthy. Not so with some others. One poor gal has parasites and that is one thing we don’t want.
Yesterday we had a visit from the American Ambassador who, unfortunately, is on his way home in 3 weeks. He was very impressive and gave us quite a good insight into why this country in particular is so important to America. It seems that Georgia is one of the best funded countries, per capita, from the U.S. The relationship with Russia is surely one reason but he also pointed out the strategic spot Georgia has in the Caucauses and the number of other countries who do business through here. It was a helpful retrospective. He also gave us a “shot in the arm” by saying that we are the true ambassadors of our country to the folks in the villages and towns who never wander outside their region. It was a good reminder.
On Wednesday, the whole troop went to Tbilisi to visit the Peace Corps office and also visit other organizations who might have something to offer us as we work in education or business. Everyone brought back materials from the places they visited and we had and ‘in house’ resource fair on Friday so all could take advantage of these materials.
“Man does not live by bread alone”. In Georgia, they might argue with that a little. In this country bread is the staple of life. You will find small bakeries on what seems like every block. We have seen people come up to the little window at the bakery and walk off with stacks of bread. Now there are different types of breads but a common one is called Tonis Puri because of the way it is baked on the sides of a very hot kiln. This morning our ბაბია, (bebia) that’s Georgian for grandmother, baked bread so below you will find several pictures of her in action.