Gori, Hometown of one Joseph Stalin

How about that Stalin guy eh? What a funny old fellow he was, rose to power after Lenins death, oversore both a massive period of growth for his nation as well as a massive period of killing for his own people and anyone else he could get his hands on really.

After Tbilisi we have come to this small town Gori, in the middle of Georgia where one Joseph Stalin was born! This is the only place left with statues of old mate and they are everywhere, they have a museum with his personal rail carriage and they have preserved his birth house. The museum itself is quite sweet, lots of photos and you get a guided tour, plus they have tacky stalin souvineers, I got myself a small stalin statue, perfect for that special someone who has everything!

This town is like a little time machine back to Soviet days, its immensly facinating to be here, english is hard to come by, Iiris does most of the talking for us in Russian which is understood by almost everyone. Our accomodation last night was some of the finest the soviets had to offer, two small creeking beds, rusty bathroom, no hot water nor even a shower head. The land here is beautiful but its scarred by big concrete structures, concrete it seems was the building material of choice for the soviets.

We have had some amazing adventures so far, remember I mentioned some seperatist areas in the north, particularly South Ossetia? DFAT 5 out of 5 rating? Lets just say the zezeran spirit couldnt resist that one for long… its a gold story, soldiers with AKs, getting shaken down by the KGB, its got it all, more stories and pictures coming soon, I think this internet is coming through 2 tin cans and a bit of string. I can say this, I am very glad I came to Georgia!

By Louis Zezeran

Louis Zezeran is an Australian Stand Up comedian and comedy promoter based in Tallinn, Estonia. He was the co-founder of Comedy Estonia, Comedy Finland and Comedy Latvia. Louis writes, does gigs and performs at private events through the Baltics and Finland

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