Sunday, July 10, 2011

Gaumarjos! (Cheers)

Friday, 1st July
I finished work early, got a lift home, it was soooo hot! I took a nap. Clint called me after he got up, he had also taken a 'nap'. I got on the phone with Michelle, tried to walk to Tyna's apartment. Got lost cos I wasn't paying attention to the road. I eventually made it because you can't exactly get lost here, the town's very small. Tyna was still asleep, we didn't want to disturb her, so we stood outside and whispered. (She came home from work and took a nap herself because we all had a late night the night before). Eventually, she came out and was like, why are you guys whispering? In her Polish accent:).
Cut to when Harriet came over to join us, we bought some drinks and hung out at the apartment. Played some of my music frm the iPod with the Shox speaker and danced the night away, Akhaltsikhe style!
Harriet's family sent a car to take her home, I caught a lift with them at 10 and called it a day.

Saturday, 2 July
My host sister is weird and makes me feel uncomfortable whenever she's at the house. She's always at the house. I left for the office to do some work, walked in the scorching heat all to find out they leave the office at 1 on Saturdays, I got there at 2.
Harriet called and said to meet up at the park at 2:30. I'd to walk some more and head for the park this time where I met up with Clintyna. (Got it? Clint and Martyna!)
Harriet's family took us to Saphara the next day. This is a church and monastery on a mountain about 20 km frm Akhaltsikhe. They picked us up in a police van, 3kids, the driver and Harriet were already in the car when they picked Clint, Tyna and I up. It was a 4X4. Overload! All in a day's work here!
We saw Giorgi's car outside. But never saw them in, and it's such a small place. Oh well. The place is ok, it's another church and another monastery in Georgia. I must say I'm kinda fascinated by the monks. They look rather cool in those outfits!
We drank some really nice cold water that I think comes frm a well somewhere. We hiked up a small hill to get to a small building on the top. It has an unusually small door, and murals around the walls. They look ancient to. We left. It started raining. The route to this place is an experience on it's own. The road is bad, gravel with rocks and we almost rolled over with our car on our way there. It was kind of scary. I cringed just thinking about driving back home. We made it safely.
Clintyna and I were dropped off at mine for lunch. Iajob (my host bro) was home. We ate and he opened this cupboard I didn't know extisted and whooped out 4 bottles of different types of alc, Beer, wine, cognac and vodka. Gaumarjos! (Cheers). We ate and drank and talked and and and. Until Harriet came back to join us.
We walked to the flat and hung out till it was time to go home. The next day, Harriet's family wanted to take us to an Observatory.
Sunday, 3 July
Apparently Harriet's family changed their mind about taking us to the observatory, they took her to the village to meet the grandparents. The plan was to go to my host family's village thereafter and since that was cancelled, Clintyna came over, Iakob drove us to the village. Him and Clint went hunting, with big guns and a dog, apparently there was some horse - riding in the field.
Tyna and I ate with Lia, my official host mother whom I adore! She speaks English as well - self taught! She made Khachapuri for us (chese bread). I like how she makes it, so good times! We went for a walk to a, wait for it! Church! The walk lasted for 2minutes and a black bmw stopped for us, openned the doors and signalled for us to get in. We obliged. He drove us to the church and dropped us there. Shorena, my host sister was with us. We took some pics, and walked back. On our way back, we saw this familiar looking boy on a toy scooter. It was Harriet's host brother! It so happened that they had come to the same village we did!
We went to say hi and ended up staying for 2hrs. Nice people who don't speak any English. They spoke some Russian, so does Tyna, so she did what she does best,and translated for us until I almost fell asleep frm sitting on the cheer and maintaining a permanent smile while nobody really talked to me.
I asked to leave because Lia must be wondering where we were. Lia had been cooking the entire time. We got back to more food! And alcohol, host Daddy was home frm work as well.
Gaumarjos! He asked me to bring me a tiger when I come back frm holiday in SA. He said money's not an issue, he'll pay for it! LoL, I guess I'll just grab him one frm my backyard then and since they're so nice to me, he doesn't even have to pay for it.
Gotcha, my 20 year old host brother and his friends joined us for one or 2 toasts aka glasses of wine, and this boy, Nika, asked to dance with me. He made me do Georgian dance, which of course I've never danced before. It was interesting to say the least.
I later disappeared with the boys, they asked me to go on a walk with them in the car. So walk, we did! To the city, parked the car and walked some more, on foot this time in the park. It was packed! Everyone was snacking on sunflower seeds. Hate em! Nika bought me water and coke zero, sweet! We exchanged numbers, he lives in Tbilisi and said to hit me up whenever I'm in the city, he'll take me for a ride on his motor bike. I look forward to that! He speaks some English, in case you're wondering how I knew he said what he said.
Nika begged for a kiss! From me! And since I don't kiss and tell...
We drove back to the village, as soon as we entered the city, I got an opportunity to drive a left handed car, the bmw!
We all went to our respective homes.