Saturday, February 17, 2007
We arrived in Georgia around 2 p.m., after a 4.5-hour drive. I was wrong - it's not 100 miles to Tbilisi; it's about 170. So we made decent time and didn't get lost (not really, anyway). Then we went straight to McDonald's for Filet of Fish sandwiches and french fries, and then did some art shopping and cafe sitting. We are staying at Betsy's Place, a nice hotel at the top of a hill, with a great view of the city. Tonight we went out for a good Georgian meal (sturgeon shashlik, khachapouri and salad with walnuts), and were surprised by some phenomenal restaurant music. There was a male quartet that sang some traditional Georgian music and then started taking requests ... from the table of Azeris sitting a few feet from us. Taline's Armenian blood sprang out from under her pop culture-loving American exterior, but there were no altercations. We did, however, request American music, and they obliged us with "My Way," after a terrific rendition of Funiculi Funicula for a table of Italians. Fantastic music, and a very nice evening. I stupidly forgot to bring my camera cable, so I won't be able to post pictures until I return to Yerevan on Monday.