Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Day Five in Akhaltsikhe: Students, BBQ & Stars

As I have said before, the days keep getting better in Georgia. Today, we got to visit our new friend Irma, who is an English teacher at a small village school. The sixth grade class we observed only had 4 students! The boys and girls analyzed Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree, and we were so impressed by their effort and higher level thinking!

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!


  1. That's really cool how the classes are so small. How many people were in that village?

  2. The barbecue looks great. I can't wait to see you and hear all about your adventures. See you soon!

  3. That's really surprising about how small the classes is, especially when you compare them to our classes. Also, the first graders look so adorable and that cake looks delicious. I can't wait until you come back to tell about all your adventures.

  4. I can't believe there are only 4 6th graders. That is such a small amount of people.

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