GEORGIAN COUNTRYSIDE: I met these three about an hour outside Tbilisi when I stopped to buy cheese and fresh bread from them. The woman on the right was baking bread inside at roadside building. The woman on the left said she was the director of the local village school, which has 180 students. She started working there 41 years ago as a 17 year-old teacher. The director said the school used to have more than 400 students, but people are leaving the village for the city (as is the case in most countries). I asked if she had any famous students. She said one of the current Georgian ministers attended the school. The woman in the middle said her daughter died of illness several years ago and thus she wears black as a sign of mourning.
Evgeniya and her boyfriend Vanya (left) were visiting the friend (right) who initially intoduced them. Evgenia said she is going to be a baker like her grandmother. She fondly recalled visiting her grandmother at work for first time at the age of 8. Her grandmother let her play with the dough. I asked Evgenia what her favorite pastery is. 'Eclair - it's the hardest to make, but it is the most delicious.'