I heard so many stories about the hospitality of Georgian people, but fully understood what all is about only when I faced it by myself. May I tell you some stories, which happened to us?
After landing in Kutaisi airport out first task was to catch a minibus, or so-called marshrutka, and head straight towards capital Tbilisi. We’ve got out from the terminal and immediately found a driver, who first of all treated us with a solid bag of sweet mandarin oranges. Refreshing way to start a journey, I should say!
However, our company wanted a little bit richer refreshment, so we decided to grab some local Georgian wine from the bar found on our way. And, what you’re thinking? We took a few bottles of wine, which by the way, was incredibly good, and were treated with extra two liters of homemade wine for free. Despite its too particular taste for our palates that was really kind-hearted!
In the middle of the journey something happened to our marshrutka and it got broken. As the driver wasn’t actually sure how to repair it, we caught another car on the road for help. At the end the men, who stopped for us, not only brought back our elderly orange lady to life, but regaled us a bottle of their local grape vodka chacha too.
What’s more? Similar treats in hostels actually are not that uncommon and may be expected, but when without any extra price you are being fed and nearly don’t need to count bottles of wine your company drinks, is a wow. That happened to us in Kutaisi.
These are the simple things, but they really surprise and gladden you. Who wouldn’t want to be treated like this in all the trips?
As well, one more observation I’d like to add that after looking over in which way Georgians meet foreigners the cornerstone conclusion can be done: seems that all Georgia wanted us not to feel hunger, thirst and sobriety…
Probably the most interesting aspect is that the kindest of all were the total strangers met by accident on the way. It’s not the richness of the country that people could share their goods here and there, it’s the uniqueness of hospitable Georgian mentality that the whole world is speaking about.
by Gintarė Adamonytė