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My Georgia...

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Imagine a place where the mundane patterns of normal life disappear, and you're transported into a fairy tale of sorts. This is my Georgia, the way I'll remember this magical little corner of the globe. A fairy tale for a brief moment in time, yet I don't believe such lands of enchantment exist in reality. Life is a constant ebb and flow. We are always swimming along, and against, various streams and tides in life. For me personally, it's sometimes confusing to know which route to take.

Georgia - it was full of wonder and discovery on many levels - from stunning mountains to the ancient, narrow pathways of Old Tbilisi, fortresses glowing atop hills in the night sky, and of course Georgians themselves. I think all those readers who wrote about these "wild" people have never stepped foot in this country. I love so many things about this place, and of course some things made me uneasy and caused culture shock.

I can't find the proper words to describe my time there, but I'm now back in the USA and have returned to monotonous and boring office life. Mostly I want to thank all the native Georgians who took such good care of me during my visit, and all the friendly and helpful strangers I encountered along the way. When the words come to me, I will write them here and tell more about my journey. We covered North, South, East and West, having some real exotic and off-road adventures along the way. I didn't carry my big camera, and all photos were taken with the new iPhone 7. Somehow I just wanted to focus on the experience, and not worry about getting the best shots. Simply existing in, and absorbing, each moment.

It has been my longest absence from the blog since I began writing on LJ. I hope some of you are still here, and that you're doing well - staying warm with the arrival of winter. Cheers from the USA! :)

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nar_row
Nov. 8th, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
Georgia is on your mind, huh? :)
I'm glad you returned successfully.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is on my mind. Very soulful and beautiful country. I really enjoyed my time there, and will return soon. :)
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notabler
Nov. 8th, 2016 02:27 pm (UTC)
I was absolutely certain, that you'll love Georgia ))) I'm glad I was right )))
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, you have good instincts. Hi, Nadia! I hope you're doing well.
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romanklimenko
Nov. 8th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hey, gamarjoba! Welcome back!
We're longing for the story :)
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
Writer's block recently...I can't express myself. In person, or in writing. :( Hopefully the phase will soon pass, and I'll find some creative inspiration!
redheadrat
Nov. 8th, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
Glad that you loved it, and don't forget that about quarter of it is under occupation.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:37 pm (UTC)
I was close to these regions, and very near the Russian border. One of the most memorable experiences during this trip was in such a place, where Georgian border guards hopped in our car with their big guns and went on an off-road adventure with us...but more about that later. :)
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mesier
Nov. 8th, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
Грузия - замечетельная страна! В которой ты понимаешь, что кавказское гостеприимство - не миф и не пустой звук.
А айфон седьмой, оказывается, мылит изображение, так и знал, что не стоит покупать.. )))))
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
I can't understand why so many Russian people wrote bad things about Georgians? If you don't like expressive or emotional people, then you will not like Georgia. :) But I'm drawn to such people, abroad and in my own country.
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pin_gwin
Nov. 8th, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC)
Glad you love the trip! There are Armenia and Azerbaijan nearby, also amazing ^)
Now - go vote!!!!
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
For Azerbaijan, I need a visa but I'll definitely try to visit Armenia next time I'm in Georgia. It's an easy trip, but this adventure was already packed full. Btw, Virginia had early voting - on Saturday. :)

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j1980
Nov. 8th, 2016 02:51 pm (UTC)
Я недавно увидел девушку, чем-то похожую на вас. Вы наверное дальние родственники.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
:)) And you think I look like the woman dancing in this video? We both have wild hair. :))
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concept_in_time
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
I remember you had thoughts on volunteering for a year there. Did you change your mind?
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:40 pm (UTC)
I do not know...somehow I think it will be too hard to be away from my family for so long. They are really what keeps me grounded and tied to the USA.
creamy_mood
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:19 pm (UTC)
Pretty good quality of picture with iPhone 7! Can`t wait for mine to arrive from Georgia... Atlanta, Georgia :))))
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
This phone takes amazing photos, especially in low light and at night. Big upgrade in the camera. I don't feel the need to carry my heavy equipment around anymore, especially on a trip like this where I was walking on rough terrain a lot, or high up in the mountains on horses, etc...
mb_b
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
Hi, thanks! :)
rider3099
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! Hope to hear a lot of wonderful stories from you )
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Have you been to Georgia? If not, I think you would really love it there. It is a cheap travel destination for Americans. :)
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Maks J-Fry
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:54 pm (UTC)
O man, I've been waiting for you. I'm so glad you survived in this terrible country!
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
It is nice to feel missed. :)) Explain please why you think this country is terrible.
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south_of_broad
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:55 pm (UTC)
I've been to Georgia and absolutely loved it. Good to see you back.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 03:57 pm (UTC)
It is a wonderful escape! Just a completely different pace of life outside of the big cities. The country is basically one huge village, very rural in nature. It is nice for a change, but to be in this environment permanently - not sure. :)
Ринат Атман
Nov. 8th, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
YES!
peacetraveler22
Nov. 8th, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
What is the question you're answering? :)) Or, is this just a general proclamation of joy for Georgia? :)
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kremlin_curant
Nov. 8th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
I missed you so much, but as I correctly guessed you are in Georgia.
Never been in Georgia itself, only in Abkhasia, area is ceded now from Georgia by Russia.
Wasn't impressed by abkhasians, looked like really wild people.
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