29 June 2006
What I hate on driving in Tbilisi comes here, feel free to comment, if I am wrong, or if you have other experiences.
1. The ability or will to Foresight seems to be rather undeveloped. Typical is to speed up in a difficult and very possible dangerous traffic situation by speed of 90+ and use the breaks in the last possible moment.
2. Backwards driving for 100s of meters unaware of the possible conflicts provoking of the following traffic.
3. Overtaking other cars on the opposite lane is a must for every Tbilisian. But even cooler is to barricade the whole opposite traffic for my little advantage in front of the stoplight.
4. Most Tbilisians rather risk the life of their children, than protecting them with the seat belt.
5. Pedestrians are slow and weak, are uncool and crap and can be ignored. They should watch their steps.
6. Its cool to hit as many straydogs as possible.
7. Marshrutka-Drivers have always priority.
8. Defensive driving is for cowards, lets drive with a clumsy aggressive fun.
9. Red stoplights may sometimes be ingnored, depending on the drivers mood.
10. Arguments with other drivers are best solved in open boxing fights in the middle lane of the left embankment of river Mtkvari.
11. I teach my wife all the efforts of my aggressive driving experiences.
12. Driving teachers give their pupils the worst cars available (38-years old Shigulis from the first production cycle in 1968 are best), for that they feel how cool will be a 200 PS BMW in the future.
13. Never teach the use of the mirrors to the pupil, because not every car has mirrors, neither they are too important.
Relax Tbilisians ! Don't crash your expensive car ! Do not kill innocent others! Take your foot away from full gas ! Be a little more polite to the others !
Photo: Gia Chkhatarashvili/ Goethe Institute Tbilisi
Thanks to the Goethe Institute Tbilisi and to its chief Uwe Rieken a wonderful photo project of the Georgian photographer Gia Chkhatarashvili on Georgian expats living in Germany was opened this afternoon. Some of the Georgians in Germany are famous, some living more or less ordinary lifes, but behind all of them are standing unordinary histories and biographies. Khvelas Kartvelebs Germaniaschi Gaumardschoss ! Gia Chkhatarishvili is today one of the best known Georgian photographers and got famous for his documentary photos of "Ushguli: A village at the Crossroads" Winner of Fiftycrows 2004.
The exhibition goes through July,29th.
28 June 2006
27 June 2006
With Vova (See his marvellous images from Georgia here: http://flickr.com/photos/vshioshvili/) I had a short conversation on that. In earlier times one had to bribe to get a cool number plate, but for 1 or 2 years now, you can officially pay an amount of money (wich goes to the state budget) to get your singulary number, if it is not registered already by somebody else. Prices (the list I saw in Rustavi) rank between 400 and 1500 Lari ~ 220 to 830 USD. Now what are cool combinations:
1. the first three letters are short for the name of the driver f.e. GIA for Gia; GIO for Giorgi, ZAZ for Zaza or DAT for Dato.
2. the first three letters stand for the wife or mistress of the driver f.e. TAT for Tatia; NON for Nona; or EKA for Ekaterina.
3. Other strange combination are: FBI, SOS, TOT (German for "dead") or TOD (German for "Death"), cool are of course three in a row like XXX or FFF.
4. In Shevardnadze-times all cars with special rights, like the cars from parlamentarians had the AAA, wich meant they never got stopped by the police. So AAA is still a very cool number. A friend of mine, who got for his car much later the AAA-107 gets quite often asked by other Georgians, if he would sell them his number. They easily offered 200 USD and more.
5. But today I saw a really cool number, and turned my car around to photograph it. I guess that number was more expensive than the car...
26 June 2006
Along the roads in Khevsureti one can see the holy springs remembering beloved family members. Drinking from the water remembers them. Rob, a writer for the Bradt Travel Guide, tastes the cold water near Barissakho.
View to village Roshka on 2050 m
Sorba, the dog of Ivane Tsiklauri, Roshka
Pele, the son of Gogi Tsiklauri, Roshka
A new National Park was established on June 25th and approved by President Saakashvili in the Western part of the Lesser Caucasus Range near the Black Sea Coast: Mtirala National Park more Information here: http://www.panda.org/news_facts/newsroom/index.cfm?uNewsID=73660
24 June 2006
Pankisi Valley, 2003
Talk at the Pass, 2003
Heaven with herde, 2005
Me as Prometheus, 2005
Check Point, 2000
Bonjour, Supera, Tusheti, 1998
A Caucasian beauty, 2002
The Eagles of Saakashvili, 2005
23 June 2006
From the Tbilisi Project: "Georgian youth are intelligent, quick learners and are eager for new ideas and concepts, particularly those from the US. However, they have not been exposed to entrepreneurial concepts that are commonplace and woven into the daily life of most western cultures. Concepts such as developing a plan, marketing, evaluating competition, and recognizing opportunities are new to Georgian youth, and they have few, if any, entrepreneurial role models to learn from."
I could not agree more. Maybe soon or in a few years some of the crisis-ridden countries of Europe may have to learn from successful young Georgian Businesswomen and projects like Yedi.
Art Pension Murtazi: Nice breakfast and a really nice atmosphere for 25 .oo Euro. If you intend to stay longer than 4-5 nights you probably get a deal. In Saburtalo. (Prestige living area for Tbilisians, 15 minutes by car to the Old Town.)
Guesthouse Nika: With airconditioning and a firstclass service. 15.00 to 35.00 USD. In Saburtalo. (Prestige living area for Tbilisians, 15 minutes by car to the Old Town.)
High up in the Mountains in Tusheti, village Dartlo: Guesthouse Manana. Its senseless to describe the place, too beautiful. 25 USD incl. breakfast. For impressions visit http://tusheti.blogspot.com Contact me for details and bookings (up to 6-7 beds).
A bit more expensive (90-110 USD), but with a Jazz Bar in the basement and in the Old Town of Tbilisi: Hotel XX Century: http://www.20-century.com
22 June 2006
21 June 2006
20 June 2006
Plants Georgia Caucasus
Animals Caucasus Region
19 June 2006
Fritillaria ophioglossifolia Freyn & Sint.
(syn. Fritillaria lutea M. Bieb. 1808, non Miller 1768)
Chaukhi, Juta, Georgia June 2006
See a collection of rare species of plants of Georgia here:
The Fritillaria Group of the Alpine Garden Society in England thinks of the right name of the above species the following:
"According to the revised classification by Martyn Rix published in January
2001, fritillaria ophioglossifolia (Freyn & Sint) is no longer an accepted
name! The accepted name for what once were called fritillaria
ophiglossifolia is now fritillaria crassifolia!
Also, according to revised classification by Martyn Rix, fritillaria lutea
(M.Beib non Miller) is now reclassified as fritillaria collina.."
18 June 2006
We start from Tbilisi, the capitol of Georgia. Two other Guys from Switzerland will arrive on July,16th in Tbilisi. We spare a day for the town and start the Journey on July, 18th, with a trip through the wineyard of Georgia, Kakheti to the Winter settlement of the Tushetians, Alvani.
We will have a good typical Georgian dinner there with some good wines. On 19th we start the difficult road via the Abano-Pass of 2900 m to Tusheti, with a short stop in the biggest village Omalo. This road takes us 8 to 10 hours, depending on the weather conditions, but the scenery of the wild mountains will indeed impress you.
We follow the Tusheti Alazani River to Dartlo, where we stay at the Guesthouse of Manana. Next day we make a short walk to the next village Cesho, and further on to the villages Parsma and Girevi with its impressing ancient Defendstowers.
Here we saddle our horses and cross the mountain range to Tsova Tusheti, a beautiful wide valley with sheep and dogs and rough herdsmen. We camp with the herdsmen and try to catch some Brown trouts in the evening. If you do not like horse riding, you of course may hiking. We take your luggage on the horseback.
We follow the tiny pathes to Jvarboseli and the Eagle-nest-like small village of Dochu on the rock with a magnificent view down the river. We cross the range again to Cesho and change horses to a 4WD to go to the Northern villages of Shenako and Diklo close to the Dagestanian border.
We have to be back in Tbilisi on August, 1st.
Join the freedom of Tushetis mountain world with us.
Further details on this Journey via http://www.kaukasus-reisen.de
Price: USD 1380.00 from/to Tbilisi, including full board, accomodations, all transports, guides, horses etc.
Best regards, Hans
See some more images from Tusheti here: http://tusheti.blogspot.com/
Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb. ex Murray) Ser. -Sorten
(Großblättrige Hortensie, Garten-Hortensie) - angebaut
Rhododendron ponticum L. (Pontischer Rhododendron, Purple
Lilium szovitsianum Fisch. & Ave-Lall.
(Szovits'is Lilie, Kaukasus-Lilie)
Papaver orientale L.
(Orientalischer oder Saat-Mohn, Oriental Poppy, Pavot d'Orient)
Dactylorhiza urvilleana (Steudel) H.Baumann & S.Künkele