I already wrote the exact same thing this morning, before the internet didn't work anymore and the whole text I wrote for this blog was gone as if I never even started. But who cares, I'll just rewrite everything...or at least I try to.
Two weeks have already passed since the last post and that also means I had two weekends full of time to travel all around Georgia...well...at the moment my traveling around is limited to going to Tbilisi but that's fine by me for now because I just moved to another flat yesterday as the previous volunteer living in the room I have now left Georgia on Saturday to go back home. Anyway that's not the main thing here.
On the 12th October I went to Tbilisi with one of my former flatmates from Lithuania to go to the Wine Festival on Shardeni Street. We tasted a few of the many presented wines and found a really tasty one that even I liked...at least for wine...but unfortunately it's one of the more expensive ones, so I'll just stick to my tea^^ There was not only wine but also Churchkhela (Georgian sweets), flower crowns and live music, so we had a lot of fun.
This weekend I went to Tbilisi again. This time all three of us (Goda, Erika and me) went and we stayed at another volunteers' flat. He is from Frisia, but if you ask him to make a dish for example from India you will think he never cooked something else, because it's so good. So on Saturday we took the Marshrutka from Rustavi and thought we would end up at the Station Square where we wanted to take the Metro to Douwe's flat...that didn't work out that well because the Marshrutka we took didn't go to Station Square but to another place in Tbilisi, so we first had to gain back our orientation but in the end we made it safely. We're still figuring out which yellow Marshrutka goes where in Tbilisi, but nobody of us can read Georgian that fast yet so that we could read and translate the signs on the buses within seconds, but we're working on it every Monday and Thursday. When we arrived I went shopping for dinner with Douwe and the girls stayed at the flat to rest a bit. We went to a genuine chicken shop...they only had chicken, but in all variations. That was impressive somehow, but seeing all those chicken feet at once was kind of weird as well...Finally we ended up with the best honey-mustard-soy-sauce-chicken I have ever had. Douwe also made some rice and steamed carrots with it. It was just like a dream.
On Sunday Erika, Goda and me went to see the "Chronicle of Georgia". It's a beautiful monument on a hill with a great view over the whole city and the Tbilisi Sea with all the mountains in the background. The trip there was less complicated and shorter than our usual trips, so we could enjoy it even more. On the way back to the flat we stopped at the Station Square to get some lemons and ginger for Douwe, because he invited some other volunteers over to his flat for dinner as well. From the outside the building where we were looking for the stuff didn't seem that big, but when entering it turned out to be a huge bazari. They had almost everything: a ton of vegetables and fruits, but also clothes, almost all kinds of spices, cookies, sweets and meat...and again chicken feet :P They also had a lot of kitchen supplies so Erika went behind one stand to have a closer look, but somehow she must have looked like the owner of the stand because two ladies passing by started to talk to her in Georgian asking about the things on the table...we don't know why but this actually happens quite often to her which is always funny for Goda and me...I'm not so sure if Erika has the same amount of fun as we do but at least it's something to remember ;)
Back at home on Monday the same old question again: "What will we have for dinner today?" The luxury of having someone to cook innovative dishes for us was gone with the end of the weekend, so we had to come up with something ourselves...maybe no pasta or banana pancakes (our very tasty and healthy(...) alternative to normal pancakes because they don't contain additional sugar, but we eat them with ice cream or peanut butter, so maybe it's not that healthy anymore but we don't care because it's too tasty) this time, because we already had this more often within the last weeks, so we had the idea of making some vegetables with rice and sauce...in the end we had eatable vegetables with rice and sauce...just the cooking process was again quite chaotic and improvised (like our stew we made last week because we had to use up the eggplants) but what matters is that we didn't burn or destroy anything and it tasted not bad.
This weekend...who wants to guess...I'll go to Tbilisi again, but just on Sunday to get my speaker back that I left at Douwes' flat because his is broken and he wanted to borrow mine for the week. But the weekend after the coming one I will go somewhere else...probably... ;P