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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Where I Live

Some of you (my Mom) have been asking to see more of Poti.  I really should take my camera and actually take a few photos of the inside and outside of my house, and my school and neighborhood, but in the meantime, here's something.

Last night (Monday), I met Ben and Mark at Oscar's, one of our local watering holes.  We like it because it has outdoor tables, even though their Turkish toilet is atrocious.  Should take a picture of that too, so you can see what I have to deal with.  And beer makes me pee a LOT.  Ben and I were joking that that's maybe why Georgians prefer vodka.  Less trips to the Olfactory Wonderland Hole in the Ground.

It was a beautiful day, so after a beer or two Ben suggested a walk.  Mark had to take his leave shortly, but Ben and I ended up at a new place -- also with outdoor seating! -- that made a delicious kebab.  I feel it worthy to note that "kebab" here for some reason can mean about four different things.  This kebab was deliciously shaved and seasoned chicken served with sauteed onions and peppers on thick white bread.  Loved it, and found another place in Poti that actually adds a little heat to their food.

After our snack, we walked down to the seafront.  Poti's seafront is nothing to write home about, but it IS the Black Sea.

It'll do, right? :)
Art Shot

Ben and I channelled our inner kid and just had the best old time jumping around on those rocks.  We made it all the way from that pier down into the port proper, a walk that would have taken a third of the time on the sidewalk which was about 15 feet to our right.  But what's the fun in THAT?

The port in the distance.  We'll make it!
Art Shot x2
We walked out to the end of that thing.  Safety is for other countries.
Me at the end of the pier.
Soviet bloc housing, and cows
Abandoned Soviet factory

When we reached the port, it was time for another sit-down, so we found our third place in one evening that had outdoor tables -- and hooked ourselves up with more Natakhtari and more Georgian food.  Maybe I am finally getting a little acclimated, but it definitely seems that my palate is coming around a little.  I still miss SO MANY things back in the States that I simply cannot get here, like Indian, Thai, and sushi, for a start.  But I do feel that these days I've been a good bit more into my meals.  I'd worry about gaining weight, what with all the oil, potatoes, and cheese, but I'm also probably more consistently active than I've been in years.  So hopefully it will balance out!


  1. Hi Mary

    Enjoyed reading your blogs. Georgia sounds like an interesting place! I am so glad you are getting to experience so many things, bad and good. I think that is how you learn more about what you want in life. Again, thanks for sharing.


  2. Thanks for the photos!! It's good to be able to put you into a scene. It all looks rather sparcely populated?? I'm sure you enjoyed getting some quiet time, though. Can you believe you've already completed 1/12 of your time in Georgia??? Make the most of what is left!!

  3. Thanks Debbie! It's so great to be able to connect to folks from home. :)

    Mom -- Actually my contract goes until June 20, 2012. So I've completed 1/13. :) It's gone by so fast though! More pictures to come of Poti... not all of it is as drab post-apocalyptic as the port area, thank goodness!