First weekend in the village

First, I need to make a few corrections. It’s “Teona”, not Teola. And it’s “Nazi”, not Nezo. I mentioned that names are giving me some trouble, and it’s no joke. Anyone can introduce themselves and I’ll have to fight the urge to tilt my head and give my best puzzled-dog face.

I’ve been able to spend a lot of time around the house these past few days, and Nazi has been very kind. She makes breakfast and lunch for me, does the dishes, and doesn’t allow me to help. She actually gets a fussy tone if I start to do anything to help. Here she is peeling potatoes for my lunch.

Nazi peeling potatoes for lunch

And this is what I see after she calls me to lunch.

a typical lunch in Zeghduleti

There’s some cold chicken, Katuleti with tomato sauce (kind of like salsa but totally homemade), bread with kuchamachi spread, baderijani (eggplant), tomatoes, yummy fried potatoes, fish, and cheese. Ask me if I feel guilty, go ahead, ask me!

I’ve mentioned that they farm mostly everything they need, and it’s the truth, although they do have lots of other food products because they have a few “stores” (I’ll explain later). Here’s what I saw in their courtyard on Saturday morning.

Like most Georgians, they also make their own wine. I’ve seen so many homes (in the village, and in Gori) with their own grape vines stuffed into small spaces. They’ll just erect these structures for the vines to grow and cover the property. When the grapes are ripe, they pick them, stomp them, store the juice to complete the process later.

Grapes grow all around the front yard of the house

Nazi hauls these huge buckets of grape juice to the cellar and pours them into huge containers. She looks tiny, but she's very strong. She never whines, and it seems she is always working around the house.

Here’s a shot of their front gate, and their tiny store that gets regular business from people in the village.

Their store front next to the gate, and the home behind the fence

The funny thing is that you’ll find a dozen of these tiny stores in the village, but I guess my host family sells some good products.

uuuhhh...okay...nobody here speaks English anyway

And a few pictures of the family and friends…

Teona, Grandmother, and Nazi

Khatuna, Teona, and Tea




I have lots more to share because I went into Gori today. I won’t be starting school until they arrange for introductions at the school. I’ve been asked to wait for a phone call. This will give me some time to study Georgian language! More later…


10 responses to “First weekend in the village

  1. Incredible adventure you’re having! They are all so beautiful; they look like kind and loving people. Wish them all a Good Day from your Kaliforni family. Have you taught them to say “Have a good day”? The grape juice looks delicious!

    • We have already had a few language lessons. I teach them, they teach me. I think in a few months we will be able to communicate a little better. The girls know a lot of phrases, and sometimes surprise me. We are all struggling with new sounds (phonemes).

  2. Beautiful shots, including the produce! Wish we could grow tomatoes like that here in our part of Kaliforni. Looking forward to all your posts. I’m going to make sure Aru sees how hard Nazi works at home–but what about Giorgi?

    • Hi Carl, We’re so happy you’re finding Georgia such a welcoming place. Great hosts! Your pic’s–especially of the individual people–are really good. They present themselves so well! I’m a little concerned you’re so close to South Ossetia, but presumably it’s not a problem. How far is it to Gori? I can’t tell from Google Earth. I hope your first day of school will go well! Keep the info flowing!
      Love, Dad

      • I’m also concerned, of course, but probably nothing to worry about. Gori is about 12 KM. I rode a mini-bus into Gori yesterday, and it took us about 40 minutes, but only because the bus was very slow, with many stops, and terrible roads. Regarding my job at school, I was asked to wait for a phone call. Apparently they need to set up an introduction meeting with the principal and other teachers before I can begin. They will call me when they are ready.

    • Giorgi plays video games on their computer and gets lots of loving attention from his sisters. But working hard does not seem to be part of his routine yet, but I’m sure he will soon be required to do many chores. He’s only 7, not quite strong enough to do the kinds of things Nazi can do.

  3. Great photos, Carl. Nearly laughed my morning coffee thru my nose at the row of products on the shelf! Could you send me a box of Barf, please? 😉 Keep the news coming.


  4. Хочу поблагодарить тебя за фотографии). Жизнь в деревне в Грузии во многом похожа на то, как живут в Российских деревнях. Отсутствие хороших дорог, хороших магазинов…. в течение лета и осени много работы. Мне это всё знакомо. Эта семья очень трудолюбивая.
    ….и, мне захотелось виноградного сока 🙂

    • Я думаю, что этот образ жизни очень превосходит Америку по многим причинам. Я думаю, что буду учиться любить это!

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