We like to stay with different families in Adishi

In our fall, winter, and spring visits to Adishi, we did not stay with families with young children, but on our summer visit, we stayed with Gunter Avaliani and his wife Zaira, their two daughters: Ia and Jameki, and three grandchildren (from left): Lika and Giorgi Mamulashvili as well as Levani Avaliani. Copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.


Zaira Avaliani prepares a meal for us on her wood-burning stove. We enjoyed kachapuri, fried potatotes, fresh tomatoes, a cheese-grits dish, and several other Svan dishes during our visit. Copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.


Several Adishi children played together outside Gunter Avalianai’s home. Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.



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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