1. Do they always wear clothes like that or are those just for school?
The clothes you see them wearing are their uniforms. They wear clothes like American kids wear when they aren’t in school. Not many hoodies though. I only saw one while I was there.
2. Do they make their McDonald’s food different than America? If so why, Explain.
I’m not sure how they make it. It didn’t quite taste the same, but I don’t know why. When I asked if they get their ingredients locally, they said that everything was imported.
3. What does their food and houses smell like? How do their beds look and feel?
The only houses that I visited were apartments called flats. They look like apartments in the States. I didn’t notice a smell except for when food was cooking. They eat a lot of bread, cheese, and beans. It was really good. As for beds, I didn't stay with a family. Only in hotels. Two of the hotels were really nice and comfortable. The other was neither nice nor comfortable.
4. Why so modest with the way they dress? Do they act modest? Or is it just a look? Are they nice? What’s some of their names? Can they get tattoos? How do they do their hair? Whats their money look like? Is it in poverty?
I like your curiosity. I can see why you would ask these questions after looking at the pictures I’ve posted so far. Georgians do dress more modestly than the average American. This probably is due to the influence of the Georgian Orthodox church on society. Even if a Georgian doesn’t attend church, many of the social norms (behavior that is acceptable) are impacted by the church. When students are not in school, they dress similar to Americans and Europeans. Modesty is also seen in the way guys and girls “date.” Going out on dates is not really accepted here. Many times you would go out with a group of friends instead of a typical “American date.”
Georgians are very nice. People were friendly and helpful when we had questions. We also received many gifts. So many, I couldn’t bring them all home.
Some common girls names include Nino, Tiko or Tika, Mariam, and Natalia. For boys, Giorgi, Luka, Yakup, and Zaza (like Zaza Pachulia for the Dallas Mavericks) are common.
I did see a few tattoos on some people while walking around the capital, Tbilisi. They seemed to be mostly in their twenties and otherwise dressed “hip.” The hairstyles of most people seemed similar to American hairstyles. I did notice that girls in school didn’t seem to have their hair “styled.” But most women did.
Georgian money is called lari (lar ee). Below is a picture. Many Georgians do live in poverty. The cost of living is far less than in the US. That means most things cost less, so you need less money to survive. There is a high unemployment rate so many college graduates don’t have a job or have a job that isn’t in their field of study (for example, a lawyer drives a taxi).
Below is a video of traditional Georgian dancing. The clothing is traditional as well and is only worn during festivals or performing this type of dance.
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Stephen Blan teaches US History at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, TX and is a 2015 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow.