When we first got accepted into Peace Corps Georgia, we got heart-felt congratulations and many questions. One of the first questions we receive is, “Where are you serving?” Once we say Georgia, the conversation goes in a few ways:
- “Oh, I didn’t know Peace Corps sends you to Georgia!” In which their assumption is that Peace Corps also serves in the United States, which is does not.
- “Oh, that is not too far from your family,” see assumption number 1.
- “Where is that?” In which they know the Peace Corps is international and they genuinely want to know where it is.
- “Oh, that is cool, but didn’t they have something with Russia a few years ago?” but this response is rare.
So, where is Georgia? Well, it is in a sweet spot of what some like to call Eurasia.
So here is some cool trivia facts about Georgia:
- Yes, they have their own language. They speak Georgian! It is one of the most ancient written languages out there, with its own unique alphabet.
- Stalin was born there! This is something I don’t remember learning when reading Animal Farm by George Orwell in high school.
- They are big on food, wine, and hospitality- but something unique is the females shouldn’t really drink in public.
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