six years ago

Six years ago on 28 May 2008, I arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia for the first time.

top right my entry stamp into Georgia 28 05 2008...I have had many entry and exit stamps from Georgia in my passport since

top right my entry stamp into Georgia 28 05 2008…I have had many entry and exit stamps from Georgia in my passport since

 

I had come for three days as part of a week’s holiday combining Istanbul and Tbilisi. At the time, I was intent on ticking off the countries of Europe one by one, hoping to visit them all by the time I hit 50. I hit 50, later this year and the idea of visiting all the countries of Europe kind of came to an end when I visited Georgia (since Georgia;  Azerbaijan is the only new country ticked off). So what happened? What happened is I was invited to a Georgian wedding, at this wedding I met Khato, an English teacher, put with me to interpret the proceedings.

Khato and me the day we met... May 2008

Khato and me the day we met… May 2008

 

We got on well, we drank (before then I’d been teetotal), we danced a lot and the following day Khato showed me around her city. When I returned to England we kept in touch by e-mail, then in 2009, I moved to Georgia to teach English. The next Georgian wedding I attended was my own, mine and Khato’s. I blame the wine….and the bride’s sisters, who knowing us both, acted as unofficial matchmakers. No!  Sorry – I thank the wine and the matchmakers…as I found my wonderful Georgian wife 🙂

Khato and me on our wedding day.

Khato and me on our wedding day.

პირველად როცა ღვინო დავლიე, მე შევხვდი ხათოს.

ჩვენ ბევრი ვიცეკვეთ.

ვაბრალებ ღვინოს და გამოუცდელ მაჭანკლებს.

არა, მე მადლობელი ვარ ღვინოსი და მაჭანკლების, მე ვიპოვე ხათო, ჩემი გასაოცარი ცოლი 🙂

 

 

 

5 comments

  1. Sometimes it is a magic moment and two people meet and….romance begins! This happened when I met my husband who came to visit a priest in New Jersey. Little did I know that 30 years later I would be living in England. Another love story! Thanks for sharing your story.

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