|Village school: Only 4 6th graders|
Later, we got to spend some time with Lela's adorable students. We read books to her 1st grade English class, who were so excited to see us. We even got to celebrate little Giorgi's birthday with a Mickey Mouse cake!
|Reading to the 1st graders|
|Giorgi turns 7 years old!|
In the afternoon, we got to visit another monastery (Zarzma), where one monk was kind enough to tell us about the history of the site. Then we headed to the resort town of Abastumani where the Romanovs used to vacation. It is said that Abastumani has the cleanest air in Georgia and can cure your health problems. We stopped at the grounds of the old royal baths, where our driver, Amiran, prepared a traditional Georgian barbecue for us! He made pork skewers and Khachapuri (cheese bread) and served us other delicious foods he brought from his home.
|Amiran cooking for us and Lela being silly!|
As it began to get dark, we drove up to the top of the mountain which is the site of the National Observatory. No one was there except for the security guards and the famous astronomer Narsvlishvili, who lives and works there. He has discovered over 100 stars! He kindly gave us a private tour of the observatory and let us look at the surface of the moon and Jupiter through the enormous telescope. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced. As we rode home that night through the pitch black countryside, I couldn't stop thinking to myself how lucky I was to have had a day like today.
|The ceiling opened, and the floor moved up and down, so the telescope could find the best view!|