"My soul is elsewhere, I'm sure of that. And I intend to end up there." -- Rumi

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Big Reveal

Well, I am so tired I actually want to go to bed before 1:00 AM, so this won't be the best written thing ever.  But today was a big day.

First, I found out where I will be posted.  Poti, in western Georgia on the coast of the Black Sea, about 45 minutes north of Batumi and five hours from Tbilisi.  It could be worse.  I was really hoping for the Capital, but there are definitely pros and cons to each.  Three other teachers from my group got posted in the same city, and that is really comforting.

I also met my Georgian co-teacher, and she seemed really excellent at first blush.  Very kind and down-to-earth.  I'll be teaching 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.  She was also able to tell me a lot about my host family, so there are many fewer unknowns than when I got up this morning, in a terrible mood because there was no water for a shower.

My host family is large, although probably not by Georgian standards.  Two girls, 8th grade and 5th.  Two parents, and two grandparents.  And me.  I was told the grandmother is an excellent cook.  They have a farm outside of town and grow much of their own produce and things.  I think they even have cows and chickens.  At least I'll know everything is fresh. :)

I have more to tell you -- about climbing the ancient tower and the Tbilisi Botanical Gardens, but my stamina is tapped.  More tomorrow, hopefully.


  1. Hurray for the Black Sea!! I think it's great you got the older kids to teach. They will adore you! Maybe your host family will let you help out on their farm, that would be so cool. So exciting :D

  2. Oooh, Georgian teens! I'll be fascinated to see how they compare. :)

  3. Poti, huh?

    Maybe you'll run into someone who knows Sasha there. Russia apparently has a military presence there.