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Country full of fascinating complexities, called The Edge of Empires- captivating case of civilisational belonging and cultural identity.
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The hunger for more fulfilling experience has never been stronger. 

 

Quest for personally, socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually truly fulfilling experience has become  more powerful force now than ever before.

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Know Yourself Know the World

Shaping the Meaning of Our Own World by exploring the world we live in. 

Life experience harbours much deeper richness in its meaning rather than in its simple sensory stimulus.

At Least for ‘people of certain nature’ there cannot be a true sense of completion or fulfillment without connecting with deeper life-meanings and human values. 

CreaTour Georgia

“World’s Cradle of Wine”,

               “Cradle of the European polyphony”, 

                                “The World’s Original Fusion Cuisine

“The Edge of Empires” and The Furthest Edge of Europe".


Picture an intellectual, emotional holiday that delves a bit deeper. One that doesn’t simply drop by top sights and major sightseeings but takes you off-the-beaten-track to see each location through the eyes of the people who know it best. And with a diverse group of people you can expect more than a personalized experience.

In this tour we introduce you to the authentic experiences of Georgia and never-to-be-forgotten views, while providing the comfort, safety and expertise that comes with traveling on a high standard. The Authentic Western Georgian tour is ready to book, there’s no better time to reserve your seat on an extraordinary adventure.

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Georgian Cuisine - Dreamy Coalescence of Cultures and Exquisite Tastes

Food philosopher Lisa Heldke emphasizes the high stakes of encounters with alien food: “It feels much more risky to taste the food of an unfamiliar culture than to listen to its music, look at its art, or read its literature, and indeed it is more risky... New flavors threaten – or promise – to challenge our very boundaries as we either admit them onto our grocery lists, or refuse them access.” 

 

Anthropologist Allison James likewise emphasizes the primary identity produced by food: “Shared patterns of consumption mark our differences from others.” But she also adds that these patterns are rarely fixed, that “trade, travel, transport, and technology have all played their part in facilitating a considerable exchange of consumption practices.” Tourism delivers the greatest opportunity of our times for this exchange.

 

We can learn a lot when we think about food in a different way. It can be individual, family, ethnic, religious or national identity. 

 

When they say Georgia is in many ways a place of astonishing power to charm, Georgian cuisine plays a very special role in that.

 

"Every Georgian dish is a poem," said Alexander Pushkin in 19th Century. Georgia, which was then still a country to be discovered as a place of great creative muse by the world renowned Russian poets and writers, went on to invade Soviet table in the 20th century. 

 

Georgia now continues to be discovered by the world. One of the best-known foreign authors on Georgian gastronomy and Winner of Best International Cookbook Darra Goldstein mentioned: “the first visit to Georgia changed the course of my life”. 

 

Another author who was fascinated with Georgian food and dedicated her work to Georgian culinary is Carla Capalbo with her book winning multiple international awards. She mentions: “It only took a few days for me to fall in love with the people, their food, wine and culture.”

 

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the country's instability during the 1990s, the pattern has finally been broken - the world has been opened to Georgia, sending many young people abroad for greater educational and economic opportunities. 

 

In the culinary realm they not only discovered new flavours but got caught up in an entrepreneurial spirit. returning to Georgia they opened restaurants where they could literally play with their food, introducing new tastes and methods to the classical repertoire. 

 

A mini Renaissance in Georgian food also took place beyond Georgia's borders. Georgians restaurants began opening throughout the world from New York to Beijing to Dubai. The taste of Georgia caught on with American foodies and now 

 

Georgian food is, they say, trending hot.”

 

Darra Goldstein

 

One of the good examples of this is Khachapuri – one of the oldest Georgian foods. It has recently received worldwide recognition after being featured as one of the TasteAtlas's top 100 dishes and has Crossed Over Into a New York Essential Dish. Khachapuri is also nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status.

 

Goergian cuisine is now poised to test its fortune on the world table and experts say its potential is immense.

 

What is the story behind?

 

“World’s Original Fusion Cuisine”

 

Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Georgia has endured its share of invasions. But it has also experienced some of the benefits of foreign influence, more visible in gastronomy than in politics. Georgian food is reminiscent of both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tastes, the result of a rich interplay of culinary ideas carried along the trade routes by merchants and travelers. Georgians had the advantage of being able to cherry-pick the best of what the Greeks, Mongols, Turks, and Arabs were cooking along the Silk Road. 

 

“When Russian poet Alexander Pushkin asserted that "every Georgian dish is a poem," I like to think he wasn't referring just to flavor and artful presentation but also to the coalescence of cultures on the plate”, wrote Darra Goldstein.  

 

“What is perhaps most interesting (and yet to be documented)”, she continues, “is the similarity of Georgian food to that of northern India. This is no coincidence, since the foodways of northern India are the legacy of the ruling Mughals, otherwise known as the Central Asian Mongols who left their imprint on Georgian as well…. `curry blends find their counterpart in khmeli suneli, the aromatic herb and spice mixture of Georgia.”

 

Darra Goldstein

 

As Bret Atkinson, Lonely Planet writer puts it,  “there's a solid argument to consider Georgian food the world’s original fusion cuisine.”

 

Despite these outside influences, Georgian food remains steadfastly true to itself.

2022-08-09

Civilisational Identity at The Crosspoint of Civilizations

Georgia is a country full of fascinating complexities. Lodged at the crossing point between Europe, Middle East and Asia and called The Edge of Empires, with torrid past and tangled geo-political settings, Georgia presents a captivating case of civilisational belonging and cultural identity. 

 

Perhaps it is symbolic that the region came into existence about twenty-five million years ago, when the African-Arabian and Eurasian land masses collided. Being a battle-feild of world power collision has been an extraordinarily dominating theme during the dazzlingly long history of this country and resulting scars have also been extraordinarily deep. As one British author described, at the heart of the Caucasus mountains this is one of the most coveted and fought-over countries on earth.

 

But there is another dimension in these epochal battles of getting torn between the influences of East and West -  influences of geopolitics but even more so of values, aspirations and cultural identities. Georgia’s history is a dramatic reflection of the great civilisational battle between East and West, or, maybe, between perceptions of invading and liberating centres, that has been compared to Shakespear’s history plays in fast-forward mode (International Affairs in their review of the book “The Edge of Empires”).

 

And the revealing question here is how did Georgia choose (when, indeed, it had a power of choice)  and form the centre of its alliance?

 

Financial Times reflected that History of Georgia is an emotional story of why this nation “looks so longingly to the West”. On the other hand, there are deep roots, undeniable past and powerful forces pulling to the other side that this small country needs to endure not in the main realm of Euorope but at the far edge of it. 

 

How is Georgia seen from outside? Peter Nasmyth in his book “Georgia - In The Mountains Of Poetry” calls Georgia “Asian country with European beginnings” where “East had become resiliently Christian”.  “The Caucasus always represented a line of mutability between the Asian and European culture… It's always interesting to ask a Georgian whether he’s European or Asian. More often than not he’ll stop and think with his European mind, then give an answer with his Asian heart, which will depend more often than not who is doing the asking.

 

But do Georgians see themselves the same way? Survival of their own ethnic and cultural identity is where the biggest loyalty and allegiance of Georgian people reside. However, when narrowing down “complex lense of civilizational identity”(Jacinta O’Hagan, Discourses of Civilizational identity) to concepts such as “the West”, “East” or “Islam”, Georgia identifies itself to its core with “the West” (whatever it means). And answers are in the long history.

2022-08-09

Unlocking the human emotion through travel

By Louise Pieterse 

Nothing in this world can let you lose yourself and find yourself all at once. Nothing, except travel.

 

The emotions evoked by the gift of travel are an accumulation like no other. A perfect balance is struck between chaos and harmony, the known and the unknown, the present and the past. 

 

The spectrum of emotions unlocked by travel might just deepen your understanding of self, others, and the world around you. Here is a look at some of the key emotions travel will awaken within you. 

 

Excitement

From searching for flights to finding inspiration on Pinterest, and booking your out-of-this-world accommodation, every step of the travel process is an excitement-fueled entity. The culmination of which seems almost too much for one person to bear. 

 

As the excitement bubbles up inside you, your body keeps you aware of the small doses of adrenalin you are blessing yourself with. When you click that “book” button, when you eat new food for the first time, when you tick off that bucket list landmark; excitement will be there around every corner.

 

Curiosity 

As you wander, you will start to wonder. Exploring new cultures and fascinating locations will leave you with more questions than answers, as it should be. 

 

Curiosity didn’t actually kill the cat, it leads him to discover more than he ever dreamed of! Being curious is how we learn more about the world around us, and eventually, more about our place in that complicated world. Be curious enough to find a thread that ties you to the past or seek out similarities between you and even the most foreign-seeming cultures. 

 

Captivation

As you wake up on a crisp morning and wander out of your remote cabin, enveloped by the nothingness around, you will stand captivated. Similarly, climbing up the steps at Westminster station to see Big Ben towering above you; you will stand captivated. A childlike sense of astonishment makes you feel small in the great wide world but further fuels the drive to see more. 

 

Whether it is your first or 100th time experiencing travel, there will always be something to be captivated by. Whether it is the grandeur of the tallest building, or the smallest wildflower springing back to life after the snow melts; stand back and soak in the magic.

 

Gratefulness 

Being grateful is the emotion to end all emotions. Traveling isn’t always as easy and worry-free as one might like, but if you can stand back at the end of the day and feel gratitude for the experience as a whole, you have won. Feeling gratitude is more powerful than any adversity and traveling spoils you with opportunities for this powerful emotion. A stranger pointing you in the right direction, a day of good weather, and learning something new; all reasons for gratitude.

 

All things considered, traveling should come with a warning label:

 

Emotions include but are not limited to the abovementioned. Travelers will return changed; for the better. 

2022-07-26

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