Holidays Georgian Style

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panorama of the mountains

Ironically when I woke up this morning, my bedroom and its outlets along with the family computer and the internet box setup had no power. Yet, the bathroom and kitchen source of electricity were intact, thus I had a lukewarm shower, enough to say 'satisfactory', and heated hot water from an electric kettle in preparing breakfast: a small bowl of oatmeal, a cup of warm water in accompanying  my cold fried cornmeal bread. A breakfast of champions!

During my Georgian Christmas and New Year experience, I didn't travel anywhere in particular because most of the excitement were taken place here in Batumi that meant an easy 5min walk to either Medea’s Plaza, Poseidon’s Fountain or toward the Black Sea. The latest live concert had taken place at Medea’s Plaza; the crowd wasn't as large as Tbilisi’s (the entire block was filled with viewers) and Niniko excitedly had persuaded me into tagging with Teto and her two girlfriends to the music performance.

a church near Niniko's home

"Let's go listen to music," Niniko said, pointing at the TV, which was broadcasting a live. I thought, how far I have to walk for I already had gotten comfortable after changing into my night clothes, I was preparing for bed.

I made the indication of 'thanks, but no thanks' and Niniko gave me that teenage girl sad look of 'why not?' Ok, this year, I promised myself, be sociable as possible now that I'm in a busier area, and Batumi was certainly the town of entertainment. After watching her living room dance to the televised music concert, I finally gave in by saying that I'll go. "But for only 1hour, then I'm returning, ok?" I told her.

Niniko beamed a great smile. This gal does have the most beautiful natural smile which lit her whole face and she looked radiant. I hastily changed my clothes, propped my Nikon onto my monopod, preparing in case there'll be a large crowd and probably won't even get a great view, and followed the young girls (Teto being the 2nd older, she's only 22yrs) out onto the illuminated streets.

a statue near the Black Sea beach

"Where’s the concert?" I inquired. Niniko laughed when she said, "Very near," and she wasn't kidding. The neighboring locals gathered and semi-filled Medea’s Plaza as they approached the propped stage while several police officers were patrolling the streets and around. To my surprise what I saw on TV was happening right here in town.

If you look carefully when the airwaves repeats the performance, which the networks have been doing after Julio Iglesias’ New Year’s Eve performance which too was very near ... simply across the street block from Poseidon’s Fountain and the performing arts theater, you just might see me waving like a crazed fan (which I had no idea who was singing that night) from the bird's eye view crane camera as it swept over the audience.

I'm not sure what this building is, but I was fortunate in getting a photo of it whilst it was still illuminated

At exactly an hour and a few minutes had passed in which I made my departure and returned to the flat. I can handle a crowd only for so long, any longer I then become mildly claustrophobia. I was glad to have brought the camera and monopod for I was able to capture a few good shots and videoed the performance.

The last 17 days spent in Batumi has been with my new host family, their celebration experiences with their family and neighboring friends. This meant lots of visitors dropping by at any hour (oh, nothing early, more like late lunch toward afternoon into evening), talking (about what, I truly don't know, but whatever the topic has to be funny since I usually Keti's hearty laughter), eating (omigosh, the food ... I will lose weight, I will lose weight) and drinking.

For me, there have been several nights of late to no sleep and waking up the next day not fully rested.

I've made myself sociable as possible with the language differences, especially in conversational speaking, nevertheless, I was still able to comprehend perceptively from the gestures and tones, after a time the whole ordeal becomes overwhelming.

The similarities in the way Georgians eat are the way Chinese eat, every moment of the hour and into the next day. Now, I enjoy consumption as much as I enjoy sleeping (my recommended 8hrs ensuring my mood of being very sociable and lively) to sustain my sanity, but anything less ... well, let's just say, I usually leave the flat for a very long walk then return after a few hours.

However, in the past 4 days and the clouds have wept which confined me temporarily indoors. During those times, I finally started to sort through my Italy photos and started posted them on stock sites, also I had created a travel photo album site to sell my other images which stock sites disapprove as not suitable to their specifications.

Batumi's lovers facing the Black Sea
(Always have to remind myself, that the refusal is not of THEIR standards or marketing ploy, at least my viewers, family and friends with a few new interested individuals, have expressed their appreciation.)

This idea came from the German program developer, Patrick, of the Blitz flashcard program. So far, I haven't received any notice or interest of ESL participates on LinkedIn after I posted my announcement that I had ESL flash card sets to sell. Then again, I must redo the flash viewing because the watermarking are rather large over the black/white demonstration, which of course was done on purpose which no one steals the idea, probably might explain why no one contacted me.

Medea holding the Golden Fleece
Actually, I take that back, one LinkedIn member did congratulate me on my affiliation with Patrick. However, what surprises me that there are other ESL members who post their sales of their product and they are getting noticed or comments.

Marketing and promoting takes lots of effort. Upon generating and selecting a pre-designed web template in representing my photos which are gradually manifesting into a presentable online travel photography album. The webpage is virtually published, the task of sorting through a month of photos (trust me, there's a few thousand images), tagging, keywords, beautifying (yes, landscapes and objects require touchup), posting and linking is laboring, literally, to the fingers! I've also included a few freebies to attract other surfers. Now that I have a YouTube and Facebook account again (for business purposes ONLY), I'll post there as well in hopes to generate business.

upon you look closely, you'll see a face

Also, I'm glad that this coming Friday, I'm returning to school in which I'll meet my new co-teachers and become familiar with my new environment. Then by Monday, classes resume back to normal... how exciting!

Now you may think I'm crazy, but a prolonged holiday is productive as well as too boring for me. I'm a workaholic by trade, what can I say? Mental activity keeps the nuts and bolts in motion.

Today, it's almost 0930hrs, and my bedroom still doesn't have any power. I want to update my blog and start rewriting in my script. I want to finish and resend to the Welsh director. My thrive requires into getting back into the mood of writing my theme which means watching my horror films, but as an inspiration of possibilities of getting my script produced, last night I watched 'Tales from the Script' which inspired me to keep writing till I'm finished.

Niniko on her birthday, sitting next to her is Tako
Not asking for much... write one blockbuster then live off royalties, I believe that's realistic, don't you?

bubu932 says:
nice blog :)
Posted on: Jan 18, 2012
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panorama of the mountains
panorama of the mountains
a church near Ninikos home
a church near Niniko's home
a statue near the Black Sea beach
a statue near the Black Sea beach
Im not sure what this building is…
I'm not sure what this building i…
Batumis lovers facing the Black S…
Batumi's lovers facing the Black …
Medea holding the Golden Fleece
Medea holding the Golden Fleece
upon you look closely, youll see …
upon you look closely, you'll see…
Niniko on her birthday, sitting ne…
Niniko on her birthday, sitting n…
the night performer
the night performer
fireworks
fireworks
the backup singers
the backup singers
Niniko celebrating her birthday by…
Niniko celebrating her birthday b…
having fun
having fun
my digital birthday card for Niniko
my digital birthday card for Niniko
a courtyard mosaic
a courtyard mosaic
not too bad of a people shot
not too bad of a people shot
Teaching Niniko how to do sit-ups
Teaching Niniko how to do sit-ups
Tako trying to run
Tako trying to run
girl talk
girl talk
Batumi
photo by: mskaye