To Vulva!

Thanks to the tourist bus from Iran, we made it back to Baku in time for a feast with Yahya and his family. That evening, we relayed the following story from our days in Tbilisi, Georgia:

Georgian Beer - Tbilisi, Georgia
An evening of drinking overlooking Tbilisi, Georgia.

As we shared an early evening beer on Tabori mountain in Tbilisi with our pal (who shall remain nameless for security reasons), he thrust his bottle in the direction of the skyline, and proudly toasted “to vulva!

Why is he toasting his favorite part of the female anatomy?” we wondered.

Alas, no. Our friend explained that when you drink beer in Georgia, the tradition is to toast someone or something you don’t like, so as to wish that person or thing bad fortune. Still confused?

Turns out that our friend’s toast was in fact to Vova, the short for Vladimir….as in Vladimir Putin, the Russian premier.

Note: Never toast a friend when drinking beer in Georgia. Wine and liquor toasts (based on our unfortunate extensive experience) are standard and often very lengthy, sometimes teary affairs.

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  1. Ivan Abrams says

    Hello Dan and Audrey,

    While I was in Prague recently, Michael Diedring suggested that I contact you. I work for the ABA in Central Asia, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. If you happen to be heading this way, feel free to contact me, or to ask any questions you may have. I’ve only been in the region 3 months, so I’m just getting familiar with the territory and the people. But I’d be very pleased to help you become acquainted with this unique part of the world.

    Best regards,

    Ivan Abrams

  2. says

    Thanks for getting in touch, Ivan! I just sent you an email with our expected arrival time in Almaty. We’re looking forward to meeting you and learning more about your new home.

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