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Old 03-10-2013, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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btw, it's worth it to go to Georgia just for those lamb dumplings filihok posted a photo of--seriously!
Khenkhali are very good. Most of them are not lamb.


I very much enjoyed my time in Georgia - when I wasn't hating it.

It's a beautiful country, except for the rivers full of trash, with wonderful people, except for the member of my host family who was stealing from me.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I have a friend who just returned from there and had a blast! I think it's similar to Russia in that it's an emerging 2nd World country, and the people are friendly. The culture and music are very rich. I've been to the Caucasus, though not Georgia, and it's beautiful, and a lot of fun.

Where do you live? The University of Washington (Seattle) has classes in Georgian language.
Colorado Springs. Seattle is a ways away

However, it sounds like Georgia is a mixed bag according to the posters here.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, IN
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would Russia be considered European?
Also, is Georgia at all alike Turkey?
Isn't all this arbitrary? We're relying on particular conceptualizations of culture based on geography as developed by academics and laypeople over centuries and we're treating them as natural. The Middle East is part of Asia, but we talk about it separately. We often talk about Asian vs. European or East vs. West, but that is incredibly reductionist. India alone is home to a multitude of cultures, religious beliefs, languages. China, too. And these massive countries are quite distinct from their smaller neighbors. European countries vary tremendously as well - geography does have something to do with it insofar as it has facilitated or hindered communication and travel over the centuries ensuring that particular populations mingled more with some than others, but diffusion has always, and will always, occur. Why do you need to define Georgia as European or Asian or Middle Eastern or anything else? The Caucasus have long been a cultural crossroads, influenced by many European cultures, Arabic peoples, Turkish peoples, nomads of the Central Asian steppes, trade from China, Persia, India, Northern Africa...
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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Isn't all this arbitrary? We're relying on particular conceptualizations of culture based on geography as developed by academics and laypeople over centuries and we're treating them as natural. The Middle East is part of Asia, but we talk about it separately. We often talk about Asian vs. European or East vs. West, but that is incredibly reductionist. India alone is home to a multitude of cultures, religious beliefs, languages. China, too. And these massive countries are quite distinct from their smaller neighbors. European countries vary tremendously as well - geography does have something to do with it insofar as it has facilitated or hindered communication and travel over the centuries ensuring that particular populations mingled more with some than others, but diffusion has always, and will always, occur. Why do you need to define Georgia as European or Asian or Middle Eastern or anything else?
Just to get a feeling what culture there is like, what's the "main idea" behind it. Traditionally religion is what usually defines it.

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The Caucasus have long been a cultural crossroads, influenced by many European cultures, Arabic peoples, Turkish peoples, nomads of the Central Asian steppes, trade from China, Persia, India, Northern Africa..
Although Caucasus had quite a few influences, the main question still remains what influenced it the most - Christianity or Islam, and since it's different in every region of it, that's what mostly defines the culture of each Caucasian nation. "China and North Africa" have little to do with it.
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