|Our driver getting us some famous Bojomi water!|
|The dirt road to the monestary|
|Skulls and bones of monks killed during Ottoman Empire|
Finally, we made it to Akhaltsikhe where we got to meet our host teacher, Lela! Lela gave us a tour of her school and we got to meet some of the children who were still in the building for aftercare and dance class. We also got to meet the school director and many of the teachers, who all welcomed us warmly. Later in the evening, Lela took us up to the top of the hill to Rabati Castle, which was an important destination on the Silk Road. It was eerily quiet and we had the place to ourselves, as tourist season is not until the summer. On the walk back to our hotel, Lela told us fascinating stories about her childhood growing up in Georgia when times were very difficult for all Georgians. She had no electricity or running water until the new Georgian government took control in 2003. We had delicious dessert and tea at a small cafe and talked more about our cultures, our families and our profession. Joe and I are so excited to spend the day in Lela's classroom tomorrow, where the students will be presenting for us!
Students: Research Akhaltsikhe and tell me one interesting thing you learned!
|Lela, the school director, Joe and me!|
|Queen Tamar (called King Tamar because she was such a strong leader)|
|View from the top|