Whoever wants to actively explore this world does not need to travel to the far end of it, as miracles might be waiting for us nearby, and we only need to remain open to them.   Two years after our…

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Nino A.


Those who have lived in Georgia even for a short while will surely have noticed how artistic and expressive the Georgian people are. For instance, it is hardly possible to experience a Georgian supra during which people won’t be singing…

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My recent pieces of work, published or broadcasted

Georgian cuisine gaining popularity worldwide: http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/georgische-kueche-eine-entdeckung-fuer-europaeische.1242.de.html?dram:article_id=376995 On Georgian polyphony: http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/aus-der-schatztruhe-des-weltkulturerbes-die-polyfone-musik.1242.de.html?dram:article_id=347483 On Georgian-Ukrainian interconnections: http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/ukraine-krise-georgische-kuenstler-fuerchten-russische.2016.de.html?dram:article_id=314954 http://derstandard.at/1220458455998/Analyse-Kaukasisches-Beben-in-der-Ukraine On the amazing observatory in Abastumani:  http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/astronomische-forschung-in-der-sternwarte-lebten-wir-im.1242.de.html?dram:article_id=340877 On Stalin’s legacy in Georgia: http://oe1.orf.at/programm/355079 On Georgia’s difficult location between Europe and Russia: http://oe1.orf.at/programm/420590 On Georgia’s occupied…

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My Funny Soviet School Life

from “Tales about my Soviet childhood”   My Teachers My childhood winters were snowbound, sunny, frosty and they lasted long. Thick snow layer was covering the earth at least three months of the year. Now, every time when I see…

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German world


As a child, each time I heard “fasсists” I thought of the Germans, and for me they were evil, brutal and merciless people. The Germans were our enemies in the last war. In Byelorussia, my country and the whole Soviet…

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How I became an ‘already big girl’   From “Tales from my Soviet childhood”   It happened 35 years ago to the day. I remember it clearly as if it was today. On that beautiful day my brother was born….

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Post-Soviet Belorussian architecture

Two Girls In The Realm of Fears

We all must confront our fears in our lives. Some of us learn to overcome our terrors quickly and then have no need to deal with them. Others face fears time and again, having once overcome them become addicted to…

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A Short Kiev Christmas Story

The story starts just before the New Year in Kiev, a town living in a sort of inflated mood with not a thought about what would happen to it in just a couple of years, a town all dolled up,…

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Georgia: Seven years ago there was a war

August 08, 2015 Tatjana Montik Report from the unrecognized border Today marks seven years since the beginning of the Russian-Georgian war, a few days blitzkrieg the consequences of which extend far beyond the borders of Georgia and now resound in…

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On (Self-) Control or A way to learn letting go

Have you ever thought about it? Our fear of certain upside-down yoga poses is similar to our fear of, say, a parachute jump or a commonplace fear of shots.   I wonder, if you are afraid of anesthesia. I personally…

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