Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Life Lessons with George in Georgia

I often find that when I travel, the adventure is not about what you saw or did. Rather, it is about the people you connected with while you found adventure.

Lynelle and I had awoken early, like 8 am, to explore Tbilisi one morning (a mistake - as there was almost nothing open before 10). After wandering through the streets and managing to find coffee and breakfast, we had the brilliant idea to find a bottle of wine, grab some cheese and cold snacks and bring them up the funicular with us to have a picnic at Narikala Fortress. So, we stopped in a trendy looking wine shop asked to taste a few different types of wine. Boy, did we NOT know WHAT we were getting ourselves into...


George (a lot of men are named George in Georgia, apparently) acquiesced to our request and ensured that we were well and truly acquainted with his favorite types of wine. He acquainted us with 'wine meditation' as being one of the most important activities in Georgian culture. "In order to really meditate...you must drink lots of wine." Done and dusted! I think I will put that on my resume, wine meditator. It has a nice ring to it.


"As you wish, when you wish, how you wish"
 - George, referring to Georgian Hospitality 


Georgian hospitality was really in play here, he sat us down and kept the refills coming - letting us sample many of the different types of wine that he had to offer in his shop, he also ensured that we tried CHACHA - a liqueur distilled from grapes that is popular in Georgia. Between shots of CHACHA and toasting our spirits, he shared his views on the Georgian people and his beautiful country. He had nothing but love for his homeland and it was infectious to say the least. He truly belived that love is the religion in Georgia, that it matters not where or how you pray, but what matters most is that you are Georgian, and you love each other. A day well wasted, and an experience I wont forget.

"Trust me, You can dance"
-Chacha


George