Georgia is one of those countries arousing curiosity because of its location. On the doorstep of Europe, yet part of Asia, neighbour of the Russian Federation and, indeed, for a long time part of the Soviet Union, yet proudly independent, neighbouring muslim Turkey and Azerbaijan yet almost homogeneously Orthodox Christian, the country has several traits making it a special one. And all these curiosities show in the people themselves. One moment you might think they look like Russians, but another moment, they are more like Southern Europeans.
The true problem to really communicate with the Georgians is, often, the language. Their language is unique. It is both old, and has its completely own alphabet. Their vocabulary is also very specific, so bar the loan words, the language will not remind you of anything you ever heard before. At least, it didn't to me. Since most Georgians, especially those outside the capital Tbilisi, don't master foreign languages, learning at least a few basic words is necessary, and rewarded with stares, smiles, and easier contact.
Georgians can be fun to deal with, they are proud of their country and they are curious about visitors coming all the way to see their country. They are helpful, trying to make you have a good time in their country. The eating and drinking feasts of Georgians are legendary, but unfortunately I didn't yet have the experience of one. But I am looking forward to my next visit, and who knows I will live to see it.
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