We had high expectations of the Republic of Georgia. So far, we have not been disappointed. The people are warm and the place is beautiful.
We spent our first day walking around Tbilisi, permanently lost in a sea of street signs in Georgian script (a beautiful script, but completely incomprehensible to us!). No shortage of friendly and genuine offers to help us find our way – in Russian, the lingua franca for foreigners here.
One curious turn took us into a courtyard in Tbilisi's dilapidated yet beautiful Sololaki neighborhood where we were besieged (in the friendliest of ways) by a pack of gregarious local kids, many of whom spoke remarkably good English. They made our day by serenading us.