In one week I will be in Georgia! Now that time is getting closer, I am having a hard time believing that I am really going half way around the world for several months! Sunday morning my flight leaves Sacramento at 6:15! I have two layovers -- Chicago and Amsterdam -- before landing in Tbilisi, Georgia at 6 p.m. (Georgian time) on Monday. That is going to be a long trip! I am praying that the weather is good in Chicago on Sunday! My layover in Chicago is a few hours, so I will probably do some writing then to entertain myself while waiting! I wish my layover in Amsterdam was long enough to see some of the city, but it is only an hour long! Here's a question: if I am only in the airport, can I add the Netherlands to the places that I have been? :)
Today while I was running, I was thinking about Georgia -- actually I was thinking about Georgian -- the numbers were going through my mind. I have 1-8 down, but I couldn't remember 9 or 10! Then I skip to the twenties. Oh dear, I have studying to do.... When I got back to my bro's house, the kids were doing their homework, and of course Auntie Steffi had to help! My 5-year-old nephew was working at his homework: writing the letter "F" in capital and lower case over, and over, and over..... That is exactly how I feel trying to learn Georgian -- like I'm back in kindergarden, struggling to form the symbols and attach to them a sound. Then I have to combine those sounds to make a word. Reading a word takes me several seconds, and then I'm not really sure that I am pronouncing the word correctly! The words tend to have a 5:1 consonant:vowel ratio! How exactly does one pronounce "tskhrv-"?
The other thing I thought about on my run was this blog. I do not want it to be merely a daily diary of what I did, what I ate, and where I went. I want to have substance to what I share. I would like to share things that have relevance to everyone's life regardless of where one might be. There are several themes that I am sure will come up in my experiences on a regular basis: the need for flexibility, social groups and "norms," language, and the evolving self. I will, of course share my experiences, but I hope to do it in light of a greater truth about the human condition. If anyone has any suggestions of themes, please let me know!
Now, what do I pack??!!