You guys are sending great questions and comments so far. Thank you! Below are responses to a few of them. I will answer more later.
1. Why are you telling people about our culture?
I am a part of a program called Teachers for Global Classrooms. It is paid for by the US government so that teachers in America can better prepare students for our globalized world. Part of the program is American teachers traveling to other countries to study education there and to help teach about American culture and educational practices. It has been a lot of fun and I feel very fortunate to be a part of this program.
2. How does it feel to get to go to Georgia?
It feels exciting to be in Georgia. I love to go to new places and meet new people. I like learning about how other people live, eat, and think. Georgia has not disappointed. It's a beautiful country with very kind, friendly people.
3. How was the McDonald's? Was it cool?
The McDonald’s was really cool. The building looks like a spaceship. I didn’t like the food as much as the Georgian food I’ve been eating at other restaurants and people’s houses though.
4. What does their money look like there? What is their culture like? What is their favorite sport? And what do they like to do in their free time?
The currency of Georgia is the Lari. Below is a picture. The other picture is of Euros which is the currency of Germany, where I went first, and of many other European countries. As for culture, Georgians love to have big feasts called supras and invite their friends, family, and neighbors. They fix much more food than can be eaten. They love music and will bust out into song at the table often. Dancing is important here as well and many people know traditional dances like ones you can find in the YouTube video below. If you aren't able to watch this video at school, check it out at home. It's impressive. Georgians like soccer, but the biggest sport is rugby. Their national team made it to the last Rugby World Cup. In their free time, Georgian students hang out with friends, play video games, soccer, basketball, and rugby. The average student has more homework than US students, around 2 hours nearly every night.
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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.