A Southern European vibe is in the air of this small Caucasian country east of the Black Sea. You will immediately feel the chill atmosphere once you land in here. This country and it’s people are open and friendly, the moment you set foot on Georgian ground—locals will be glad to help you get around. From polite cab drivers to people that are a bit tipsy at the wine bar starting conversations—everyone in here lives the vibe of the chill and hip country. Just recently Georgia got popular, not only among wanderers wanting to explore the mountains of this lush green country, but among expats deciding to move away from all the hustle and bustle back home. (Read more about expats in Tbilisi later)
Four facts on Georgia 🇬🇪 :
- It’s the birthplace of wine and it’s accidental discovery dates back 8000 years. More about that here.
- They don’t call it Georgia but actually Saqartvelo (or საქართველო)
- Georgia has it’s own very unique language . “A bottle of wine, please!” would look like this: ბოთლი ღვინო გთხოვთ!
- It’s burning hot in summer and freezing cold in winter ranging from 40C to -10 degrees Celsius
The name comes from the core Georgian region of Kartli, also known as Iberia in Byzantine and Classical sources. It’s believed that the Russian name Gruzya and the Western name came from the Persian designation for the area, “gurğān,” meaning the “land of the wolves.” However, there is more than one theory as to how the country came to be called Georgia.
Expats in Tbilisi🇺🇸🇪🇺🇸🇦🇨🇳🇩🇪:
In 2015 Georgia granted the visa-free status to almost all countries. This unique move attracted so many expats from all-around the world that especially Tbilisi (the capital) is overwhelmed by them. In fact not only life-standards in this Caucasian (and mostly poor) country rose, prices did too. For some foods so much locals couldn’t afford getting them anymore.
There are two funiculars in Tbilisi, bringing you up the hills surrounding the city. One goes to Turtle Lake (a big artificial lake with cafes and beaches) and the other one offers an amazing view over the city (especially at night), access to the botanical garden and the big Kartlis deda statue.
The botanical garden🎋🌺:
It boasts with several different sections, all huge and hardly visited. Coming to the garden once in the afternoon/evening from Tbilisi is a must. From plants and trees from all around the globe to a nicely made parterre and bamboo gardens with a waterfall—There are too many things to enjoy in here. We suggest starting off with a zip-line from the funicular-station which lands you right in the heart of the garden.
Georgian sweets 🍬:
They call them Churchkhela (aka. ჩურჩხელა) and they’re nuts covered in grape must. You’ll find them with walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts.
Georgian wine 🍷:
Georgians love party—but wine even more, so this country will serve you well if you like. From orange-colored wine filtered in the ground without sulfur to red and white wines you’ll find everything in this small country. We recommend: Don’t just go to fancy wine bars in the center but check out the small ones spread all over the city. Especially in the Vake-district you’ll find many of them.
Georgian food 🥟🫓
If you followed our instagram you already know about Georgia’s traditional food. The two signature dishes are unarguably Khinkali (Georgian Dumplings) and Khachapuri (Georgian bread). The dumplings are big but don’t eat them as a whole. Follow our step by step guide to avoid cultural blunders!
Steps of Eating Khinkali (Georgian dumplings 🥟 )
Step 1: Hold the Khinkali on top between your fingers.
Step 2: Bite a small hole into the bottom of the Khinkali
Step 3: Suck the broth out of it. (Make sure none get’s wasted)
Step 4: Eat the dumpling without the top . This part is not cooked through and not supposed to be eaten.
For Khachapuri there’s no guide just eat it 🙂
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