Firstly, apologies for my late happy post – I had a very busy weekend which you will hear more about later!
Next, let’s take a moment to appreciate the sleeping pisos in the photos above. The black and white cat is my cat back home, Lucy, who is about 17 years old now and complete with dribble and old lady habits. The gorgeous white cat is in Mexico, and the photo was actually taken by my friend who has recently started using film photography, so I can’t take credit for how ethereal it looks!
The matchbox in the top right corner is from a cafe Shota and I went to last night. Georgian alphabet appreciation aside, it says ‘mokide da smoke kide’ which is a play on words that means ‘more light and more smoke’. It provoked quite a lengthy discussion about cigarette smoking in Tbilisi, which is definitely still a fashionable thing to do considering the demographic of this cafe…
Anyway, on with the happy things. I’m distancing myself a bit from the blog at the moment as I work out what direction I want to take it, so forgive my inactivity!
1: The landscape in Kavtiskhevi on the way to Kaspi last weekend. Something about it really emphasised how ancient the land is, and I can’t get enough of wondering about what the people would have been like way back when!
2: Buying our plane tickets for Berlin!
3: Fighting Mediocrity‘s Youtube channel. I just love what he’s doing!
4: Alice Phoebe Lou. I actually saw her perform in Berlin by accident last year and have been addicted to listening to her on Youtube since. She just has the most beautiful voice, I must remember to buy her CD next time I’m around Warschauer Strasse…
5: Getting vitamins to hopefully help my hair… If you’re interested I can write a post about it but my hair started falling out when I returned from the UK and I’ve been trying everything to help it! I thought perhaps it was thanks to hard water but have started taking some vitamins from South Korea and, within just 2 days, it seems pretty much back to normal. Let me know if you’d like to hear more and I’ll go into depth about my balding…
6: Attending the most beautiful Georgian Wedding on Saturday. Hopefully I can share some photos and videos with you all, it was spectacular. Full of traditional song, dance and food, I’ve never seen anything like it.
7: Seeing Shota’s dad and sister as they passed through Tbilisi briefly. We had a quick lunch together and, even though I can’t communicate so easily in Georgian, we manage to understand each other and laugh together. I’m very fortunate that he comes from such a kind, open-minded family considering stories I’ve heard from other foreigners with Georgian partners whose families have been rather averse to them for not being local!
8: Wine progress, more on that later…
9: Waking up to this video that Shota sent me on his way to work. I have all the time in the world for gruff accordion players. It reignited my love for Klezmer music, which reminded me of this night in Berlin which reminded me of this amazing musical which lead me to the decision that, if I have a ceremony at my wedding, it will indeed be full of thigh-slappingly good music which gradually increases in speed like this, this and this. You’re welcome.
10: The fact that Shota needs cake closure after a meal now thanks to my influence.
Tell me about your week! I feel like we haven’t had a good catch-up in ages, what’s new?