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Many things in Georgia are in a poor state (the roads, hotels, postal system and electricity supply immediately come to mind), yet it’s one of the most heart-warming and exciting of all European destinations. This is above all due to its people, who are some of the most hospitable and generous you could meet anywhere. In addition you’ll see fantastic scenery, including Europe’s highest mountains, and lovely ancient churches and cave-cities.
This does in part beg the question of whether Georgia is in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, or some other region: travelers can easily spend half their trip debating this issue. If the Caucasus is the dividing line between Europe and Asia, it’s unclear which side is European and which is Asian. Armenia and Russia have international phone codes in the European 003 series, yet they are separated by Georgia and Azerbaijan which have chosen codes in the Asian 009 series. Despite this, in 2007 Georgia competed for the first time in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in a very credible twelfth place. Certainly the Georgians seem to spend a lot of time squatting on their haunches in an Asian way waiting for the good times to come around, yet civil society (non-governmental organizations, pressure groups, a fair judicial system and so on) is stronger here than in the neighboring countries.
Excerpted from Georgia, 4th by Tim Burford Copyright © 2011 by Tim Burford. Excerpted by permission.
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