The library where Natia and Zviadi work, specializes in catering to the blind.
“How long have you worked here?” I asked Natia.
“Oh, I started only a couple of months ago. I was looking for a part-time job, as I am a grad student,” she replied.
“Which book are you recording today?” I asked them.
“A textbook on the theory of evolution,” Zviadi replied.
From the Imeretian village of Kitskhi in Western Georgia.
Iuza asked his wife to help him with the traditional costume for the folk music rehearsal.
“I couldn’t have survived all these years without the singing and the humor,” he said.
“What happened?” I asked.
“We lost our son during the war in Abkhazia in the early 1990s,” Iuza told me as his wife was fixing the details on the collar.
Chichilakis are Georgian version of Christmas trees, and are essential to have as the new year arrives.
“I’m 13 now, and I have already made a couple of hundred chichilakis,” Temuri told me.
“Well, that’s true, but you still need to shave more hazelnut wood. Practice makes perfect,” Kvicha told him.
I stood there and watched him for a few minutes- he was too concentrated to have any interest in interactions.
“I’ve been making swords and daggers for the last 15 years,” Giga paused to tell me.
“How many swords do you make in a year?” I asked.
“Not many, as it takes around 3 months to make a good sword,” he replied.