Comments on: Blue Eyes, Gold Teeth: The Fabled Land of the Svans http://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/ travel wide, live deep Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:02:32 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kyungahttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-1319024 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:03:01 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-1319024 Thanks for your quick reply.
I have already sent an email to the SMTC 2 days ago but there’s been no answer. I will wait for it.
Thanks anyway.
I will go to read other articles about Georgia and Armenia in your blog… Kyunga

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-1316236 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:02:07 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-1316236 @Kyunga: The only route we know first-hand in Svaneti is the one that we took from Mestia to Ushguli, but I’m sure there are other treks in the area that would be less physically challenging. My suggestion would be to contact the Svaneti Mountaineering Tourism Center for advice on best routes: http://www.svanetitrekking.ge/eng/ You could maybe do day treks from Mestia or do a shorter 2-night trek from around Mazeri. Good luck and sorry we can’t help with more details!

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By: Kyungahttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-1315386 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 09:53:58 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-1315386 Hello Dan and Audry,
Thanks for your posting with splendid experiences in Svaneti region.We (I and my husband) are planning to travel in Georgia this coming summer and make trekking for 5 days in Svaneti. While navigating here and there, I found your posting is the most useful and moving. Thanks again !!
I have some questions. we are in late fifties. So I’m afraid we could make the same treks as you did without any physical problem even though we were good trekkers while we were in 30s and 40s. We have just 5 days in Svaneti before leave for Batumi-Travzon-Erzurum to take a plane in 2 days.
If you give some advices, it will be highly appreciated. With my best, Kyunga

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-189899 Mon, 16 May 2011 00:45:49 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-189899 @Gordon: Ushguli (and Svaneti in general) is an unusual part of the world. Not one of those places that draws a lot of people. I’d be interested to know what brought you to choose to spend time in Georgia and Svaneti. At any rate, I’m glad to hear that your Svaneti experience was a fabulous one. Good people, the Svans and the Georgians. One of our favorite spots in the world.

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By: Gordonhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-186399 Sun, 08 May 2011 20:35:37 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-186399 Yes indeed I did! Just over this winter, from October to the end of January. I spent two months in Tbilisi, and just got home to Canada 1 month ago. It was a fabulous experience in Ushguli and really a great way to learn about the Svani culture. Ushguli is by far the most fascinating place I’ve ever been (out of a lot of places) and I wish I was still there :) Add me on Facebook to check out my pictures or so I can tell you a bit more in detail about living in Ushguli over the winter

http://www.facebook.com/gordon.sands1

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-185870 Sat, 07 May 2011 18:05:25 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-185870 @Gordon: You lived in Ushguli for four months? I’d love to hear more about that experience. We found Georgia fascinating and Svaneti even more so. It’s always funny to hear that readers know people in these photos. I wonder how our guide Avgan and his family are doing.

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By: Gordonhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-185867 Sat, 07 May 2011 17:50:17 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-185867 Johndo! Haha that police officer with the open jacket and blue shirt is the Dad of the family in Ushguli I lived with for 4 months hehe. The other police are Gayla and Neri lol :D :D

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-112133 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 04:21:35 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-112133 @Priyank: When the political situation determines the jobs and subsidies, then a change can really turn everyone’s lives upside down. And it takes a long time for people to adjust and learn new skills that are relevant to the new situation. I really do hope that Svaneti finds a way to energize its economy so that young people don’t continue to leave it for bigger cities.

It is interesting that many words in Russian and Central Asian (Turkic) languages have some similarities with Indian languages. Perhaps these cultures were more connected in the past with migrations and trading patterns.

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By: Priyankhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-108678 Sun, 02 Jan 2011 00:35:47 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-108678 Hello Audery and Daniel,
Thats was a very nice trip report (and a very long one!) Its strange how political situation changes people’s lives so much. I bet the villages are not that dependent on the central government, but this drawing of borders and setting up of barriers makes a big impact on their economy. It’s interesting to note that large number of words in Russian and Central Asian languages are similar or exactly the same as Indian languages (Sanskrit relation I guess).
Priyank.

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-13560 Sat, 10 Apr 2010 02:29:33 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2007/08/blue-eyes-gold-teeth/#comment-13560 @Cameron: Glad we could be of service.

I can’t tell you how thankful I am for your comment. These posts seem like so long ago (in the grand scheme, they are not). And your comment helps restore them rightfully to the fore, bringing back memories. And if you carve out a travel schedule, I can highly recommend the Republic of Georgia and the little-understood region to the north, Svaneti. “I NEED TO GO THERE” meter — I absolutely love that!

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