The big big birthday
02 December, 2010
The big big birthday

This week, I am going to tell you all a little story about a big birthday party that I went to here in Georgia. It was my first day in Tbilisi, and that flight induced haze I wrote about in my first story had not worn off. In fact, it had become full blown “culture shock” and the best was yet to come. After having very little sleep the night before, the time came to walk over to Natia and Nino’s

flat, to join the birthday celebration of course.  As my wife and I walked along a darkened path, I was trying to imagine what this party would be like, I was hoping for something similar to the type of party that I would normally have back home, cake and ice-cream, gifts and so on. Little did I know, it would be very different.  It took one or two minutes to get to their flat, “not much prep time for me” and after a quick ride in a tinny elevator I found myself in front of a large wooden door. This moment was the silence before the storm. Lika rang the door bell but it didn’t ring it chirped like a bird, then the door opened and the hallway was flooded with sounds from the celebration. Most if not all the other guests had arrived before us; therefore, walking into the party was very overwhelming. It was obvious from the start that I was in for one wild ride. We took our seats at the table, and it was the biggest table I had ever sat at “not really but it was BIG.” Now, don’t forget, I mentioned that this was my first day in Georgia and no one was speaking English, consequently, this made the atmosphere all the more unusual to me. Among other differences, there was an unusually large amount of food at the rather large table, yet somehow more and more food kept coming, “all homemade thank to Babeta I might add.”  My wife was introducing me to all her friends and translating at the same time, there must have been fifty people in attendance, all of which wanted me to eat and eat, yes “chame” over and over, “chame” I think I gained  two kilograms that night. One of the more interesting and intoxicating traditions I think, was the many toasts we made; they toasted to us for being late and to Natia “the birthday girl” and so on. This of course   brings me to the most memorable part of the story, Rezo the toastmaster. Now, I have heard and made my fair share of toasts in my life but nothing like this. As I mentioned before, there were many toasts but the best one in my opinion was the toast for love. Rezo was sitting next to me and he stood up and said “in Georgian” this is the toast to love; moreover, he dedicated it to me saying: it was love that made this man cross the ocean to be with Lika. I was very pleased when Lika translated what he said to me but it was funny to listen to him before that, you see somehow, what he expressed in Georgian was for me like a puzzle, yes it was very hard to understand Georgian at that time. Somehow, I understood that this time in my life, would be so very new for me, with all that was to come into focus, some now it seemed life for me would never be the same. This outcome is totally acceptable because for me to have a Georgian wife, that is the just what happened soon after  I first came to Georgia “yes it was love at first sight” and so you see this is not just a story about a birthday, but a very true story about LOVE….
The article is published without changes in the author’s style.

Print
Other Stories
Georgian designers who participate in TBFW 2018
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2018 kicks off tomorrow, on the 1st of November and will last for 5 days, until the 5th of November.
Tusk of elephant Grand successfully removed in Tbilisi Zoo
Surgery of the elephant Grand in Tbilisi zoo was successful and is over now. Elephant can walk now but specialists still observe its condition.
International fashion exponents meet Georgian designers MBFW Tbilisi
If you’re interested in fashion then you should definitely add a new event to your agenda. Namely Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi that takes place from 1 to 5th of November.
Maryam d'Abo - James Bond Girl with Georgian roots
Giorgi Kvinitadze was a commander-in-chief of the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
Elephant to undergo surgery in Tbilisi Zoo
The elephant Grand is about to undergo the hardest surgery today on the 31st of October.
Best places to celebrate Halloween in Tbilisi
Halloween is celebrated on the 31st of October. It evolved from the Celtic holiday of Samhain which took place at the beginning of winter.
Bera Ivanishvili and Nanuka Gudavadze to get marry on the 11th of November
Son of the richest person in Georgia Bera Ivanishvili and the Georgian model Nanuka Gudavadze plan to get married on the 11th of November.
8-year-old girl killed in Gori - suspected murderer detained
The man suspected of killing the 8-year-old girl (with the initials I.N.) was detained today, on the 26 of October.
Audrey Hepburn with Georgian Emmy Award winner
Some photos keep whole stories. Especially one that are taken with famous people.
New clip by Bera Ivanishvili - Time machine
The richest man in Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili is very much involved in politics, but we cannot say the same about his children, especially about Bera.
Olivia Wilde and Lea Michele in David Koma dresses
Recently, InStyle has organized the fourth annual InStyle Awards.
Gregory Pekk and Marcello Mastroianni and their friendship with Georgians
Leila Abashidze was a famous Georgian actress. She was sometimes referred to as "Mary Pickford of the USSR".
Georgian singer Sofia Nizharadze’s sexy outlooks
Sofia Nizharadze is a Georgian singer. She represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Shine reaching the 9th place.
Beautiful Georgian Model Tamta Shedania tells her story
The model of Elite Model Look Georgia (an international modeling contest) Tamta Shedania worked with various Asian and European modeling agencies.
Ghanaian Eudosia Andoh – Everyday life in Tbilisi in photos
Eudosia Andoh has been living in Tbilisi for three and half years and has been travelling in different parts of Georgia.
Tbilisi Fashion Week SS 2019 ended
Tbilisi Fashion Week SS 2019 came to an end. The event has been widely reported in the international press such as Vogue, Marie Claire, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar, etc.
Tbilisi Fashion Week continues – What’s new?
Tbilisi Fashion Week continues. Foreign tourists, designers, models and special guests attend the event.
The first day of the Tbilisi Fashion Week SS 2019
Tbilisi Fashion Week SS 2019 has officially commenced.
Sophia Loren, Ornella Muti and their friendship with the Georgians
Georgia has numerous artists popular to the international public.
Tbilisi Fashion Week kicks off
Tbilisi Fashion Week is going to commence on the 18th of October. The slogan of the fashion week is “We Must Take Care of Nature”.
Georgian model Ana Akhvlediani becomes a mother
Georgian model Ana Akhvlediani became a mother. Ana Akhvlediani married to Giorgi Beraia in July, 2018. The couple has a daughter.
What do wives of the rich Georgians wear?
Famous Georgian faces pay great attention to look gorgeous when they appear in public or upload photos on social network.
Saddam Hussein’s Georgian Personal Advisor
A-83-year-old pilot Darwin Rukhadze from Georgia used to serve as a personal advisor of Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq.
What makes Japan so similar to Georgia?
Japanese people know Georgia and the Georgians well enough thanks to the Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, also known as Tochinoshin.
Top 5 most beautiful Georgian models
Georgian models take part in popular international catwalks, photo shoots, fashion weeks and shows. They are very successful in Georgia as well as worldwide.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
16.11.2018
17.11.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6818
2.6727
EUR
1
EUR
3.0299
3.0268
GBP
1
GBP
3.4332
3.4240
RUB
100
RUB
4.0185
4.0447
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6727
EUR
1
EUR
3.0268
GBP
1
GBP
3.4240
RUB
100
RUB
4.0447
November 2018
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30