In preparing for my trip to #theotherGeorgia, I came across a new twist on a familiar site. McDonald’s. The Mickey D's here in Batumi made the top 10 for innovative buildings worldwide a few years ago. It doesn’t look, smell, or taste like the ones back home. But unfortunately, it didn’t taste any better here, just different. One similarity was actually the menu. It was pretty much the same, just in Georgian. I normally wouldn’t eat American food while traveling abroad, but I promised my students I would.
The spaceship-like design is really cool. When you walk in, you see the counter and place your order. When you get your food you can go up the stairs on either side. There are some tables and chairs on small terraces along the way up until you reach the next floor. This is where most tables are, as well as the birthday playroom. There is also an outdoor seating area near a patch of green space built into the outside facade. In the spring and summer time, they grow flowers. Due to it being freezing (literally) and raining or snowing all day, I didn’t get many pictures from outside. Check it out.
After having been in #theotherGeorgia for less than three days, I may have already found my favorite tradition. The Supra. The Supra is like a feast on steroids. The host prepares, or orders, enough food to feed about 100 people (I don't think that is an exaggeration). The food comes out slowly, about 6 - 8 courses over a 4 or 5 hour period of time. Each course, the food gets heavier and heavier. You move from breads to veggies to stews to fish to meat to meat to meat to fruit to dessert. It is rude to not eat what is given to you, so you have to pace yourself. Even if you really like something and would want to go back for seconds, it’s in your best interest to not. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way. I ate too much on the earlier courses. By the time the last round of meat came, I thought I’d never want to see meat again. Here are some pictures of some of the great food.
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.
Stephen Blan teaches US History at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, TX and is a 2015 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow.