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Eastern Europe Halfway Around the World 2005


      Georgia is the birthplace of Stalin. He was born in the town of Gori (I'm not making that up) and then in Batumi on the Black Sea coast he spent time. This picture on the right is of me in a museum there. The room wasn't much bigger than the picture. You would think that West-loving Georgians would erase all memory of Stalin by now, but not everyone is ready to let go of the past.

Gori train station.       Stalin museum in Gori

      I stayed in town longer for the Tbilisi International Film Festival. I saw a powerful Iranian film called "Boutique" and to my surprise, immediately afterward the lead actress jumped on stage to give a talk and answer questions. Later I said hello and she was flabbergasted that an American in Georgia was complimenting her on the film. She insisted we take photos. It is me, Golshifteh Farahani and her husband.

That's a hard alphabet      

Simply Red played a free concert in a Tbilisi soccer stadium sponsored by an oil company.

How sad...

Khinkali. I ate these everyday.

Georgia license plate, but it would be cooler if it was in Georgian script


Old Town Tbilisi       Old Town Tbilisi

Hitchhiking back to Tbilisi from Armenia. I got a ride to this point with a Bulgarian trucker who got lost


This is meat in the back seat of a car       Let's see, bus 39 goes to.....

The border with Turkey on the Black Sea, a tough place to hitch from

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