Early Sunday morning we arrived in the capital of Georgia. No, not Atlanta. Tbilisi. We traveled through the dark city to our hotel, The Rooms Tbilisi. I would post pictures, but their website has plenty of far better ones. Click here if you want to check out the place. It is very nice and the breakfast is even better than the decor of the place. Omelets, pastries, breads, fruit, vegetables, and hummus. But the highlight of the breakfast was khachapuri, a traditional cheese filled bread that has the texture of a pastry. I’m already looking forward to waking up tomorrow morning.
What would you do if you had a 10 hour layover in Munich, Germany? Would you go the hotel and rest after not sleeping much on your 8 ½ hour flight? Or stay in the safe confines of Munich airport and explore there? Or would you throw your bags in the hotel room and take a 40 minute train ride into city and experience German culture? If you know me, you then you already know what I chose.
Ten of us decided to take the train. It was a great experience in local food and culture. Eating wiener schnitzel while watching futball (soccer) was fantastic. I also loved walking around hearing the German language. I was also able to speak a little Turkish with a Turk on the train (Fun fact: Germany has the largest population of Turks outside of Turkey). Hearing all the languages reminds me of the need to learn a second (and third) language. Research clearly shows learning a second language greatly enhances job opportunities and salary amount. It also helps your math skills. What’s stopping you from improving your job prospects by learning another language? Tell me by clicking on this link.
Five hours into the 8 ½ hour flight from Washington DC to Munich, Germany, I'm reminded of the downsides of travel. Specifically sleeping on an airplane. Or the lack of sleeping to be precise. I'm not sure if it's my long legs or my age. But I didn't sleep much. As the soreness in my legs slowly sharpens the excitement of going to Georgia dulls with it.
But thankfully I've done this a few times. I know that walking around a new place, hearing a new language, and drinking some coffee, definitely drinking some coffee, will renew my legs, mind, and excitement. #theothergeorgia #soworthit
All right, I have a challenge for all the students following my travels on spring break. In the picture below, explain why the flight map on the screen in the seat in front of me says Munchen. Click here and send me your answer. First correct student gets some Georgian candy when I return.
Stephen Blan teaches US History at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, TX and is a 2015 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow.