Tag Archives: Georgia

Thank you Tbilisi for

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a rejuvenating late night rain with proper thunder and lighting. I missed that Southern weather attitude,

something i did not miss, but i accept it: the earth tremor and the ‘ah-ha’ moment it brought,

the smile of the most beautiful lady baker as her gorgeous hands work the dough. She reminded me of my grandmother,

my perfect morning espresso at Entree served by the lovliest barista,

my first cigar. No need to worry. It was the traditional bakery with nuts,

my first peach this year,

eternal wisdom by modern days Gia, served with the traditional candy: “embrace the spoils of civilisation but do not forget your roots and why you are here, on earth”, 

the “meeting” with founding fathers, watchful over today’s parlamentarians presided over by a chairwomen. I can hear the founding mothers, who remained in the shadow back then, cheering up in the sky now (do not ask me how i know),

most devoted and hard-working projects partners, 

seeing my good colleague Nino back to work and recovering well,

stellar team members, who work hard and also know the value of fun at work,

the guard who kept my ipad, which i forgot by the window on the hall of the Parliament, 

teaching me what “არა” means. There were quite a number of “no” heard that day in the parliament,

the colors street flowers vendors bring,

an introduction to Georgian Zaza Svanidze shoes – amazing design combined with the quality feet deserve. Check his website or fbook page, 

lovely lunch at Amo Rame,

a history lecture by the most talkative taxi driver who used to work with Red Cross all over the world. The lecture was a “bonus” for having made him wait for me under a no-parking sign 🙂

kindest MGK hotel owners who made me feel at home, with traditional breakfast to my taste and a room with a view i’ll be looking for upon my return

and many more blessings, to be continued.

 

Thank you, Tbilisi and my wonderful Georgian hosts, for

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your youth elixir. I am 18 years younger. The secret? An inspired choice of the venue: the Tbilisi University,the most succesful international event i co-managed and co-organised so far

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an amazing professional pride projected by people I met and listened to,

the value of managing change by personal example,

getting tears in my eyes when listening to lawyers who still unfortunately indure basic rights violations,

an all inclusive hospitality, which created a wealth of experiences shared and renewed friendships,

taking me to your heart, the birthplace of Christianity in Georgia, Mtskheta,

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a warm summer breeze. Finally,

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calling your wifi “Tbilisi Loves You”,

your terrific Georgian dances. By the way, worth including in a stress release first aid kit,

Organicharmonious (i may want to copyright the word) food&wine, which make opposition melt and builds friendship to last,

a river-view dinner by a host who spoiled our senses with food and toasts,reminding me of the the value of knowing how to work smart and party well, mutually complementary,


giving me a hint that i should perhaps start acting my age. But then, why bother?!