I took the morning marshrutka to Batumi today to do one final search for chalkboards instead of whiteboards. Cajun and Kanise joined me there and showed me the market called Hoppa….and yes indeed: We found chalkboards! I ordered them from Emzari, the owner, who said they’d be there tomorrow. So we all went to meet [...]
You see that yellow DONATE button on the right side of this page? Yea…head on over there and make 21 little Georgian students day. I dare you!
Toma had to miss school the past two days because he had to help Nino and Medico and a bunch of the neighbors pick the mandarins off the trees on their land. I came home to find the garage packed full of them. I’ve never seen so much fruit in one place before – and [...]
So…when I did finally arrive home…there was no electricity…and there hadn’t been for the past 4 days….. Excuse me, What? In the end we didn’t have electricity for 8 days total. This means no showers, everything in the fridge had to be thrown away, and all my electronics died. Not the end of the world [...]
Hello! After an entire week of not accessing the internet, I was greeted with more donations that have flowed in this past week. We are so close to reaching our total of $525 dollars to supply my 6th grade class with the Level 3 English books they will need for next semester! There are still [...]
Well after a fun-filled weekend in T’bilisi one would usually head home but because I had a few extra days off of school I decided to head to Gori to visit some friends. Gori is known as the city Stalin came from, and no matter how you may feel about this historical man, Gorians are [...]
Thanksgiving coincidentally coincides with a holiday here in Georgia called St. George’s Day. So that means we all got Friday off work! I left Thursday after class and started walking towards Ureki when Kanise and I finally caught a ride down the tropical mountain. We hailed a T’bilisi marshrutka and were on our way by [...]
I’ve always loved “Love Graffiti” as I call it. Anytime a heart or the word Love or I Love You is painted onto the side of a wall, I smile inside and out, and feel a bit lighter for the rest of the day. So, when I woke up this morning and started walking towards [...]
Ok, here’s the current numbers: 15 English books are still needed and we’ve got about a week left before I need to order the books (which is December 1st). So send the link out to your friends and family so we can get these kids what they need for next semester! : )
This weekend was filled with more fun-packed-bar-hopping-adventures with the crew in T’bilisi….durning the days, I ate another real pizza (yummy), I took a bubble bath (oooh, aaah), and I even watched movies with popcorn (wow – no way). Yes, I’d say it was a Very-Western-Weekend with all the amenities, electricity and wifi one could ask [...]
At the beginning of school I purchased notebooks for each of my 6th grade students so they could keep all of our English lessons in one place. By doing this, it seemed to make the class even more special and students started paying more attention. I numbered each book (since they looked the same) and [...]
Note to self: Never accept a ride to town with the host family ever again. I guess a more accurate “Note to Self” would be this: Have no expectations whenever I do accept a ride to town by the host family. I say this after four failed trips to town over the past few months. [...]
Step 1: Pack a full bag of dirty laundry and start walking in the rain after work to hopefully catch a marshrutka (mini bus) to the city. Step 2: Remain optimistic because a car will probably pick you up and drive you all the way to the stop. (Shroma rules.) Step 3: Spend 7.5 hours [...]
I’ve received tons of emails asking about where we stand on the Level 3 English Books for my Grade 6. Therefore, I devised a little countdown chart so we can all keep track together! I’ll post this chart every few days so you will know where we stand, or you can pop over to the [...]
Here’s another reason to love chemi dzma. Apparently pulling pranks on grandparents is international. Hehehehe. Toma, you rule.
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