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 wine company “20%” against Russian occupation
Ana Gabriadze and Nika Markozashvili are Georgian entrepreneurs living in the village of Ditsi near the occupation line.
Russian tourists: “We are tourists from Russia and we love Georgia”
‘We are tourists from Russia and we love Georgia” reads the placard of Russian girls supporting the anti-occupation demonstrators gathered in front of the Parliament building in Tbilisi.
President Salome Zourabichvili collecting peaches in Kakheti
The photos of President Salome Zourabichvili collecting peaches in eastern Kakheti region of Georgia have gone viral.
GEL 700 000 bail ordered for Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze
GEL 700 000 bail was ordered for TBC Bank founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze on July 26.
Elizabeth Rood just reached the peak of Mount Kazbegi
Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia has recently uploaded a photo of Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood reaching the peak of Mount Kazbegi.
Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze leave positions in Anaklia Board of Governors
TBC Bank founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze have left the positions of chairman and deputy chairman of the Anaklia Board of Governors.
Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood climbing up Mkinvartsveri
US Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia has recently uploaded a photo of Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood climbing up Mkinvartsveri.
Collection of Soviet Cars of Famous Georgians are now presented to public
Tbilisi AutoMuseum houses Soviet cars of Lavrentiy Beria, Eduard Shevardnadze, the current Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II and other famous Georgians.
British Embassy releases statement about charges against TBC Bank co-founders
The UK is closely watching developments related to the criminal charges the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has made against TBC co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze,
US Embassy releases statement about charges against TBC Bank co-founders
We are concerned about the context and timing of the charges the Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office has filed against TBC Bank co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze,
Mamuka Khazaradze: "I am ready for anything"
TBC Bank founder Mamuka Khazaradze says he is ready for everything and nobody can intimidate him.
Mamuka Khazaradze: "We will build Anaklia Port anyway"
Mamuka Khazaradze, founder of TBC Bank, will arrive at the Prosecutor General's Office.
Balenciaga among ‘The Top 10 Collections of the Fall 2019 Season’
Rodarte, Marc Jacobs, Simone Rocha, Prada, Paco Rabanne, Rock Owens, Loewe, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Chanel are the top 10 collections of the fall 2019 season named by Vogue.
Prosecutor General's Office charges Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze
The Prosecutor General's Office has filed charges against the founders of TBC Bank - Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze.
Kordzadze Law Office will be represented in New Yoir by its strategic partner EK Law Office PLLC
Kordzadze Law Office is excited to announce that Ekaterine Egutia, Esq. joined the firm as Counsel.
‘Grey's Anatomy’ Star Sandra Oh spent her birthday in Georgia
‘Grey's Anatomy’ Star Sandra Oh spent her birthday in Georgia.
Last 10-minute episode of ‘Fast and Furious 9’ will be filmed in August in Georgia
Last 10-minute episode of ‘Fast and Furious 9’ will be filmed in Georgia.
Interview with ‘Patriots Day’ star Georgian Themo Melikidze
Georgian Journal offers its readers an interview with a Georgian actor Themo Melikidze. He gained popularity for starring in Mark Wahlberg's highly anticipated film Patriots Day.
Georgian Kakhaber Abashidze becomes Director-General of Walt Disney Company CIS
Georgian Kakhaber Abashidze has been appointed as Director-General of Walt Disney Company CIS, reports AT.ge.
Public Registry registers Kibar Khalvashi as Rustavi 2 TV owner
According to the data posted on the Public Registry website, Kibar Khalvashi is the owner of 60% shares of the Rustavi 2 broadcasting company.
European Court of Human Rights founds no violation by Georgian courts in Rustavi 2 case
The European Court of Human Rights has published a judgment in the Rustavi 2 case.
Kartlis Deda covering her eye – New Stencil in Tbilisi
Kartlis Deda covering her eye – new stencil has appeared in Tbilisi.
Historic Petra fortress will host an electronic music festival
On August 10 the historic Petra fortress located in the village Thsikhidziri in Adjara will host GR –Fest - an open air electronic music festival.
From September Iakob Gogebashvili's "Deda Ena" will make a comeback in Georgian schools
This fall, at the beginning of the new academic year every first-grader will receive "Deda Ena" as a gift.
Georgian painter creating unique paper sculptures
Beso Kobakhidze, a painter from Ambrolauri, a city located in the western part of the country, has been creating unique paper sculptures for 8 years now.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
25.08.2019
26.08.2019
USD
1
USD
2.9279
2.9279
EUR
1
EUR
3.2365
3.2365
GBP
1
GBP
3.5764
3.5764
RUB
100
RUB
4.4581
4.4581
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
2.9279
EUR
1
EUR
3.2365
GBP
1
GBP
3.5764
RUB
100
RUB
4.4581
August 2019
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 31