28 September 2006

Metro Guide and WIFI-Cafe in Tbilisi

Irakli wrote:

You can buy laminated English-Georgian TBILISI METRO GUIDE for travellers for $1 at 18 Rustaveli Avenue at Java Cyber Cafe (Wireless WIFI Internet Cafe).
Ask for Irakli.
You can get online for $1 an hour with your laptop or you can lease laptop station for $1.50 an hour.
There is also an International phone and you can call to Western Europe, USA, etc for 20 tetri (little over 10 cents) a minute. Pretty decent, huh!

Till Sunday I will be in Atskuri near Borjomi and this blog takes a break. See you soon. Hans

27 September 2006

The Georgians- A Flickr photo-set

I created a new set at Flickr and called it The Georgians.

As my collection is very much depending on my own surroundings and that may to constricted for the amazing variety of Georgian individualty, I started also a Photo-Pool at Flickr, what is a group, where everybody may join and post his photos of Georgians into.

The set of "my" Georgians, here
The Flickr-Group "The Georgians" you are invited to join, here

(You need to create an account on Flickr, what is free, upload your photos, and join the group "The Georgians", it is that easy.) Start to create your Flickr Account here


Helena, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Elene, the daughter of Omari and Khatuna from Arkhoty in Khevsureti and Gamardshveba, between Rustavi, Martkopi and Tbilisi

A pass in the Caucasus

pass-caucasus, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Between Dshuta and Arkhoty, Khevsureti, July 2005

24 September 2006

Girl from Didube

girlfromdidube, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Photo: Stefan Hostettler

23 September 2006


kartweli-mepe, originally uploaded by grijsz.

20 September 2006

Tbilisi, seen from near Turtle lake

Tbilisi, originally uploaded by vshioshvili.

A wonderful Panorama Image by vshioshvili

See the full Panorama here and vshioshvili's set of photos here

Tibani, Kakheti

tibani-cut-opt, originally uploaded by grijsz.

View the full panorama image here

19 September 2006

To all the homesick Georgians abroad

Irakli, Lasha, Nino, Russo, Khatia, Sura and the 100.000s others

Nino Arabuli sings a song from Khevsureti, sopeli Gldani 2006. Sorry, the video is a bit dark, but the music is just wonderful... Push the IPLAYI-Button

Hear another song from Khevsureti performed by Nino here:

16 September 2006

Ra lamasia Tusheti

Lela Tataraidze

Visit my Blog on Tusheti http://tusheti.blogspot.com


kosack, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Michael Lermontov

A Cossack Lullaby

Sleep, my darling, sleep, my baby,
Close your eyes and sleep.
Darkness comes; into your cradle
Moonbeams shyly peep.
Many pretty songs I'll sing you
And a lullaby.
Pleasant dreams the night will bring you....
Sleep, dear, rock-a-bye.

Muddy waters churn in anger,
Loud the Terek roars,
And a Chechen with a dagger
Leaps onto the shore.
Steeled your father is in gory
Battle.... You and I,
Little one, we need not worry... .
Sleep, dear, rock-a-bye.

There will come a day when boldly,
Like your dad, my son,
You will mount your horse and shoulder,
Proud, a Cossack gun.
With bright silks your saddle for you
I will sew.... There lie
Roads as yet untrod before you....
Sleep, dear, rock-a-bye.

You'll grow up to be a fearless
Cossack, and a true.
Off you'll ride, and I'll stand tearless,
Looking after you.
But when you are gone from sight, son,
Bitterly I'll cry....

May the dreams you dream be light, son;
Sleep, dear, rock-a-bye.
Thoughts of you when we are parted
All my days will fill.
In the nighttime, anxious-hearted,
Pray for you I will.
I'll be thinking that you're lonely,
That for home you sigh....
Sleep, my son, my one and only,
Sleep, dear, rock-a-bye.

I will see you to the turning,
And you'll ride away.
With my icon you will journey
And before it pray.
Let your thoughts in time of danger
To your mother fly.
Close your eyes and sleep, my angel,
Sleep, dear, rock-a-bye.

More poetry by Lermontov in English and Russian
from Friends and Partners, Natasha Bulashova and Greg Cole

fallback, originally uploaded by grijsz.

08 September 2006

Im Herzen der Steppe

lastwagenopt, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Wir fahren durch den schneidenden Nordwestwind vom Aralsee. Am ersten Dezember durch die braune Steppe in Richtung Karschi. Links die mit Neuschnee bedeckten Höhenzüge des Pamirs, rechts eine leergefegte unendlich scheinende Ebene. Weiter hier

07 September 2006

Vakhtang Kavelashvili: Portraits

Vakhtang Kavelashvili Portraits, originally uploaded by grijsz.

See Vakhtang's impressive portraits here

Genre: http://pic3.piczo.com/b0ke/?g=18294058&cr=3

Nature: http://pic3.piczo.com/b0ke/?g=18293822&cr=3

06 September 2006

Still-life with big fish

thieme-still-life-with-big-fish, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Still-life with big fish
120x110 cm, 2004

Andreas Thieme, Dresden

"A Georgian" by Andreas Thieme

Der Georgier, Andreas Thieme, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Kartweli/ Georgian/ Gruzin
59x48 cm
Oil on Canvas, 2006
Andreas Thieme, Dresden

04 September 2006

Photos from Buzkashi by Chris Herwig

Photo: Hans Heiner Buhr 2003

Photos from Buzkashi by Chris Herwig on his website with wonderful photos of Central Asia you find here: http://www.herwigphoto.com/buzkashi/index.htm

Thanks to Carpetblogger !

Photos from Buzkashi in Uzbekistan, called KupKari there, from 2003/2004 by myself you can find here: http://www.kaukasus-kaleidoscope.com/specials/specialindex.htm


kleine-fee, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Niza at fathers birthday, 28.08.

03 September 2006

Eistein connects the Caucasus dots

The last year saw a culmulation of medial interest in the Caucasus. A great part of that had been transported via various bloggers, journalists, photographers, writers and artists. Now, Eistein from Norway aka Writer'n tries to connect different ties on his marvellous blog on Georgia, gives other Bloggers a platform to create a sort of loose Caucasus-related web. Thank you Eistein for your activity and for your love to the Caucasus. Lets work together and now, the word is yours:

My nickname is Writer’n. I am the manager of Guldseth & Partners (http://www.gpe.no), a company specializing in strategic business communications. I also study sociology and mediascience at the University (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

I still remember that day on the news when Sjevardnadze went down the stairs from the plane in Tbilisi airport early in the 90ties. Chevvy was a well known figure to all of us from the west, but my first thought was: Where and what the f*** is Georgia? So I just forgot about it, thinking that Chevvy finally had ended up in some remote area where he could do no harm. Anyway, a woman I met in Munich destroyed all my western ignorance, and took me to Georgia. I was in for a cultural shock and an incredible treat. And I discovered more: Tbilisi had been harbouring some famous Norwegians! Dagny Juel, a close friend of the painter Edvard Munch (Skrik & Madonna) was killed by her jealous lover and buried in Tbilisi in the early 1900. The Nobelprice awarded Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun lived at the old Hotel London (close to where Dagny Juel met her fate) while he traveled through Caucasus, finding himself, as the gigantic mountains and culture of the Caucasus reminded him of his childhood years in the northern parts of Norway. His novel I Æventyrland is largely about this adventurous journey. His later works are also greatly inspired from his time spent in Caucasus region.

So I asked myself: Why did his stay in the region has so strong impact on his later writings? What inspired him so much? The only way of knowing, is to search in his footsteps and try to find the secret formula. But his writings about Tbilisi and Georgia has been subject to critisism, claiming that he only got some superficial glimpses of the Caucasian culture. Maybe, or maybe not. Is there such a big a difference between Norwegian and Georgian culture?

Yes and no. My goal is to try to explore the differences and the similarities, and maybe entertain you at my website and integrated blog (http://www.writern.no). This website is a "popularized" part of an ongoing sociological study wich I started in 2004, without knowing it in fact. Looking at the material I had collected when I returned to Norway, it was clear that this could be the basis of something more than just some pictures and stories. So when I returned to Tbilisi in 2006 my schedule was more structured and closer to a systematic qualitative research for a future analysis. The website has the shape of a reportage, so not to worry. You will find stories, interviews and some smalltalk together with image galleries from both Norway and Georgia.



Summer Work (Collecting Metal) by TABU, Batumi

Summer Work (Collecting Metal), originally uploaded by tabu.

Tabu shows great works at Flickr:



erti-gundi-wart, originally uploaded by grijsz.


01 September 2006

I am working for you

I am working, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Maybe you'll buy some of my potatoes at the basar ?