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Faces from Batumi - Georgia

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Every day we are in motion, encountering a multitude of different faces on the street, metro, in markets and almost every corner of life. Yet it seems to me most humans walk around not noticing a damn thing about the people or things around them, living in their own personal bubble or cocoon of sorts. There is a truthful saying in my view - the eyes are useless, when the mind is blind.

I know you have seen dozens of reports from Batumi, Georgia, where many Russian tourists go to sit by the warm sea. During my time there I was not concerned with the water, but the local inhabitants. Today I will share some portraits of the locals I met there, including this couple who sat on a bench outside the apartment complex where I stayed. They did not speak one word of English, but language barriers are irrelevant when people flash such nice smiles and inviting eyes!

1. In Batumi, there is a huge Turkish population and the cuisine there is divine! All kinds of tasty meats, kebabs, rice, sweets, and all of it is very cheap. We found a local cafe we really liked, and came to know the waiters there quite well. This young lad tried to charm foreigners into the place with his seductive smile.

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2. He was in charge of roasting the various meats. Most locals in Georgia happily smile and pose for the camera, so it is no problem to capture portraits there.

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3. I met this young Russian woman while walking along the boardwalk by the beach. Well, Georgian men are known to be smooth talkers and Romeos, right? No one can resist kissing them, even when their bronzed form is merely a statue.

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4. International affair. :)

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5. In this city, I wandered around completely alone and stumbled upon a group of men playing backgammon. This scene can be found all over Georgia, as I've said before I do not know what most men do there all day except sit around. Women appear to be the work horses of the country. They were delighted to be approached by a foreign woman, and tried to chat a bit in poor English. The younger man with the mustache later greeted me on his bicycle to ask if I was travelling alone - and I wonder if any women are stupid enough to answer "yes" to that question?

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6. People appear not only in life form, but on street designs. I'm not sure what scenes are being captured here, perhaps it is from Soviet times, or before Batumi became modernized and the Las Vegas of Georgia. I really do not like this city at all, and if you have only traveled to Batumi in Georgia then you will understand absolutely nothing about the country.

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7. Young children living a bit of a wild life, hanging out of cars and having fun. I think much more endearing than all of the young zombies we see walking around the U.S. and Europe with their faces already buried in phones and electronic devices.

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8. What I remember most from this day is this couple. I was walking along with my camera and the young woman waved me over. She is from Turkey and her much older boyfriend is Canadian. They sat together with some local gypsies, wasting the afternoon hours away eating and drinking.

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9. After basic pleasantries were exchanged, I joined in on the feast. Wonderful conversation hearing about their love affair and the young woman's dreams of becoming an attorney in the U.S.

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10. Many family members and friends find it strange that I just stop and talk to strangers in foreign countries, but it is ordinary for me, and I simply rely on instinct and physical queues to know whether people wish to be approached. In this case, it was entirely obvious the couple wanted company and I'm grateful for the opportunity to have met them, and so many other wonderful humans in all my travels in Georgia and around the globe.

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I will write another post about Batumi and share general impressions about the city. How is everyone? Who is still alive, and reading me after my long hiatus?


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pin_gwin
Aug. 29th, 2018 03:47 pm (UTC)
So glad to see you back!!!!
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'm alive! :)
procurator0
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:03 pm (UTC)
gonna spend there a couple of days ..in two weeks. what is the best area to stay? oh yeah welcome back
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for the warm welcome back! :) I stayed at an airbnb apartment that was right in the center, with wonderful views of the sea. Right by the water. It was $60 a night, and quite big. I have no idea about hotels, but maybe readers can provide some suggestions. I always stay in apartments in Georgia. In Batumi, I stayed here - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7735699.
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mb_b
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:06 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And welcome back to my readers. I have missed our virtual chats and exchanges. :)
chukcha_ghek
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:07 pm (UTC)
Be careful of Georgian hospitality... or we'll lose you again :)
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:10 pm (UTC)
I did not move to Georgia actually, and have been in the U.S. during my absence. But part of my soul will always remain in this magical country and I will visit again in a few months!
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stzal
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, сaucasian men are a bit specific and easygoing. :-)
But they are talkative and you can easly speak with them.

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peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:54 pm (UTC)
Most Georgians are very animated in speech, using their hands a lot with loud voices. Most are quite friendly to a foreign woman with blonde hair, as I stand out in the crowd there.
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stzal
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:50 pm (UTC)
Shannon, how are you doing?
Where have you been for so long? We missed you. :)

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peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm good! I have been in the USA, going about my daily life during the past few months. I'll try to start writing here again in the near future, as I have some free time now.
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genka8
Aug. 29th, 2018 05:04 pm (UTC)
Glad to have you back. I see you enjoyed your time in Georgia.
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 05:06 pm (UTC)
Many thanks! I have so many posts to write about my travels in Georgia. So stay tuned...
mybathroom
Aug. 29th, 2018 05:15 pm (UTC)
Good to see you in LJ, Shannon!
How are you?
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 05:19 pm (UTC)
I am fine, Denis! And how are you and your family? Is your son back in school yet?
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no_xit
Aug. 29th, 2018 05:18 pm (UTC)

Welcome back

peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
moskitow
Aug. 29th, 2018 05:40 pm (UTC)
Very cool pics! I like your story about Georgia. My daughter is like you - she can talk to strangers with no hesitation. It's a gift, really.
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 05:50 pm (UTC)
In normal life in the U.S., I rarely talk to strangers but during travels - almost always! I think it is the best way to learn about any country and culture.
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dksd
Aug. 29th, 2018 05:57 pm (UTC)
Long time no message.
Welcome back! We missed you)
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 06:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had writer's block for many months and was dating. This occupied my time and nerves. :))
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caramba_hola
Aug. 29th, 2018 06:50 pm (UTC)
Glad to see you again here, Shannon!

Good photoes from Georgia. There are nice people, but caucausian men are very special ;)

Turkish-Canadian couple looks for me like Georgian woman and Southern European man (maybe Itakian or former Yugoslavia) )))
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am happy to be back! Why do you think Georgian men are "special"? The man in that couple was definitely Canadian, he spoke perfect English! :)
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kremlin_curant
Aug. 29th, 2018 07:28 pm (UTC)
Charming place. Are those people just unemployed or don't like to work?
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 07:34 pm (UTC)
I think it is a combination of both. Unfortunately, the country does not have good employment prospects outside of the tourism sector. Most Georgians I know are working in the tourist industry somehow.
maryasha_b
Aug. 29th, 2018 08:42 pm (UTC)
You are back! Then I will install again Lj app on my phone to read your blogs!
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm back for now. Not sure how long it will last. :) I hope you are well, and thanks for reading my blog!
alexanderr
Aug. 29th, 2018 08:56 pm (UTC)
Talking about Georgia, I recently watched "the death of Stalin" on Vudu. What a great movie! I heard it was banned in Russia, I wonder why
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2018 10:01 pm (UTC)
I've heard about the film, but have not yet watched. It is definitely in my queue for viewing.
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