Tbilisi is celebrating the Tbilisoba this weekend, a celebration of all things Tbilisi, or really, all things more generally. Falconry! Trampolining! “Classic” cars”! Dancing ladies! Mimes! Adorable children in national dress! A mysterious “scientific picnic”! Tbilisi is ready and willing … Continue reading →
Lake Ohrid looking baleful and not wholly suitable for a beach holiday.
Just stating for the record that Macedonia has not disappointed, what with peacocks and monasteries and bona fide miracles and coffee and Roman bits and pieces and ten whole minutes of sunshine. There was a bit of minor excitement in Skopje this afternoon which I hope for everybody’s sake does not get any more exciting, but it has otherwise been a gorgeous weekend of which more anon.
No cavemen though, and no sheet-folding lakeside ladies, although in fairness the weather was not terribly conducive to laundry, so I am prepared to let it go for the moment; I may have to come back in the summer to check.
Slideshows: like photo posts but with even less effort (now with added architectural commentary! If you want to know the difference between a chedi, a prang and a stupa, then this is the slideshow for you)! Like Ayutthaya, Sukhothai is … Continue reading →
Fountains, flower-arranging and opera for a dollar: the Navoiy Opera House in Tashkent.
Tashkent this summer is all fountains and flowerbeds and sprinklers and slightly unfortunate new architecture, and I bought an old coke bottle of fresh mulberry juice from the bazaar and wandered through the parks and boulevards drinking it and thinking that the Peace Corps are right to do it for two years. I feel like I’m only beginning to get the hang of things here, that I’m balancing on the edge. And I’m going home tomorrow, and it’s not enough time.