“This is the bus stop where I met Nini”

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

It became a memorable event. Something special. But it began in the most ordinary fashion. Susanna needed to go someplace unfamiliar and she needed to know which bus or mini-bus she should take. She looked around for a young person to ask, because young people are more likely to speak English. She ended up asking a woman named Nini, who speaks English quite well AND who knows the bus routes quite well—a very valuable resource. Susanna’s bus would arrive in 1-2 minutes. But in that brief period of time, Nini learned that Susanna is from Brazil; Susanna learned that Nini is a theater director. Nini’s directing “The Clean House,” by Sarah Ruhl, which has a character who speaks Portuguese, but no one in Tbilisi speaks Portuguese. Susanna to the rescue! And it’s Nini’s birthday!

Last night Susanna coached Salome how to pronounce the Portuguese-language part of the dialogue. But first, Susanna had to correct the problems with the translation. Nini is listening on the left; Salome is practicing on the right.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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