In February of 2014 my Georgian college Giorgi and I were in Tusheti, a remote part of the Georgian Caucasus mountains, to start setting up an avalanche and winter safety program in the area , but also to document the life of the few inhabitants that stay there over the winter. Our host was Zurab, a typical Georgian – hospitable as a host can be, always concerned about our well-being in the cold winter mountain environment, and with a charmingly rough character…and smoking too much. This moment shown here was typical during our stay. While I write down my notes and observations from the day out in the field, Zurab prepares hot water for tea, coffee and food in his simple kitchen, while watching TV (powered by solar) or just watching the time go by, and having his smoke.
Akaki is a local guide who told me so much about Tbilisi and Georgia. He is very proud of his Soviet tour vehicle which is actually in a perfect condition! He was very eager to pose in front of Tbilisi’s Metekhi Church.