What does it mean???

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012

“It” is a large sculpture on Rustaveli Avenue, one of the most important roads in Tbilisi. The large bicycle is positioned at a high point and it blocks a beautiful view of the city below. Since two sets handlebars go in opposite directions, I assume this bicycle is going nowhere. So what does the bike represent? Is it a symbol of the world, Georgia, Tbilisi, or something else?

Lights before Christmas on Rustaveli Avenue

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

Susanna Melo writes again.

Decorative lights string the main avenues in Tbilisi making for a bright and festive holiday season. The freezing cold weather is a reminder that we are closer to the North Pole.  But we have not yet seen crowds of shoppers in stores or too many people walking down these commercial streets with shopping bags.

We know that people are still going through hard financial times here, but Georgians still take to the streets to have some fun.  Children skip or run on the sidewalks to and from school, youth walk arm in arm independent of their gender, families stroll along closely knit, while the elderly also make their presence sitting on the benches and watching the passersby. Popcorn and cotton candy stands attract business, as do men or women selling flowers or balloons.  Life seems less complicated and less commercial here.

I have enjoyed the beauty of the Christmas lights, but I have mostly enjoyed observing all the human interactions that take place on the many streets I walk each day with thousands of Georgians.

Stroll at dusk along Rustaveli Avenue

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

Many governmental, public, cultural, and business buildings  along Rustaveli Avenue are ornate, and in the evenings, lights show the elaborate designs. Rustaveli is the main street in central Tbilisi, and whenever Susanna and I go anywhere, we begin by walking down “our” hill to Rustaveli.

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011