Georgia and Armenia are very small countries that have their own languages and alphabets, no similar to any else. So it is impossible to understand and read anything. But I was delighted that most of the people speak Russian, as contacts with locals are very important for me. The people were very friendly and helpful, everywhere they wanted to talk to us, in marshrutkas, hotels, bars, specially when they learnt we were from Poland. Very often they hugged us when we left, wishing us pleasant journey. Sometimes it was a great fun when all marshrutka raised toasts with chacha (white vodka, very strong, 70%) for Georgian-Polish friendship.
In this way we learnt about the everyday life in Georgia. The economical situation is very hard. Very often people asked us about our pension. We felt embarassed. The pension in Georgia is the same for everyone, independent of how many years someone worked. It amounts 150 lari, it is around 86 USD per month! I can't imagine how they can survive with it. The prices are lower than in Poland, but not so low. For instance - 1 kg of better cheese is 15 lari, a meal in bar - around 10, soup - 6. Unemployment rate is very high - around 60%. The factories are all closed, and why? It reminded me the situation in communist Poland thirty years ago. But even then it was not so bad.
For tourists, the public transport is very cheap. The ticket for sleeper from Tbilisi to Zugdidi costs 11 lari. But hotels are not very cheap. Budget hostels (twin rooms with or without private bath) around 50 lari.
Most of the women in Georgia are dressed in black. At first, seeing the groups of women in black we thought it was a family going for funeral. In churches women must have a scarf on the head, in monasteries also the trousers are forbidden and they lend a long black skirt.
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macjake (58270) 2014-04-16 8:44
I know Gert will enjoy this photo :)
I do aswell, but even more i enjoy the note. So many useful pieces of information in it.
very well done.
so hard to imagine such a emall pension. When i retire in the future, my pension should be approx $3000 a month.
the photo itself is very warm and bright too. Lovely shot of the locals doing what locals do.
holmertz (42993) 2014-04-16 8:55
Watching people is always interesting. Here you also give us a glimpse of Tbilisi and its steep hills. It's an undramatc photo but it has nice colours and a good atmosphere. Along with the interesting note it's a good contribution to TE.
PS I didn't see Craig's comments. He must be a clairvoyant.
jhm (141523) 2014-04-16 10:39
Thank you very much at your interesting note about the clothing of the women and the money of the retire, incredible for our standards.
Very well sharpness and clarity, we see all details.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-04-16 22:33
Interesting photo and note, before I read it I thought the ladies look sad, especially the two on the right, one appears to have a cold.
Great for you to mingle in their culture, it makes us appreciate what we had and what our forefathers did to get us their.
ikeharel (59869) 2014-04-17 5:51
Great picture, Malgo.
I like how each woman was sitting in a different pose, two are deeply meditating, two are in a conversation and the one on left watching over the other groupe on the far side balcony.
Lovely sight, well collected.
marabu61 (8931) 2014-04-18 2:30
Very interesting yet also somewhat depressing note how you describe the every day life of Georgans. It would be good for us spoiled westerns to appreciate more the hardship of these people.
This is a simple composition of every day life in Tblisi and therefore the perfect photo to accompany your note. Some of the women seem to be in real deep thoughts (the women in blue to the left and the women with the yellow scarf to the right) and thus enhances your message greatly.
Silvio1953 (126137) 2014-04-18 10:48
Ciao Malgorzata, lovely composition with a lot of people, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, Have a good Easter, ciao Silvio
mcmtanyel (14655) 2014-05-03 20:29
This is a very nice photo that focuses on the people while also offering a glimpse of the place. Good light management & DOF. I notice that the closer level has women exclusively and the further down we see a majority of men.
Miguel82 (25149) 2014-07-01 18:45
I appreciate your support Malgorzata, Georgia is a rare destination between Europe and Asia, it's interesting to see the clothes style of the people, regards