For me Abkhasia has always been a peculiar place where I could feel the reality as I remember from my childhood under the Soviet Union.
In the shops there are extraordinary shop assistants who weigh everything on large scales that can be seen only in museums. Yogurt in glass bottles and ice-cream in waffle glasses with forgotten taste of childhood and summer.
The people are always relaxed, kind and so hospitable that they take it for an abuse of a family when someone refuses to eat and drink everything that is offered. That is why it was difficult as we had to eat and drink strong alchohol in every house where we made photos.
Anyway, every meeting left its unique impression. The openheartedness of Caucasian people, their emotions and extraordinary soul generousity couldn't leave anyone indifferent, even the most unimpressed guest.
As a rule, every house was decorated by many toys - of different colors, shapes and sizes. It created some touchy cosiness and contrrasted serious and hot-rempered Caucasian men and wonderfully beautiful women dressed in black.
In many families all moral and physical work lays on women's fragile but strong shoulders as the husbands gather in the yard to play games and to drink a little vodka that influences them very particularly together with heating sun and pleasantly roaring sea.
Abkhasia is being restored after the war but there are many destroyed and unfinished buildings.
Some schools, for example a school of arts in Gagry are not made for working with children but the teachers build everything by their own - they work for no salary , bring their own tools that they have been collecting all their lives to teach children. And they do not pity niether time no strenght for this.
But in spite all these difficulties the people can be happy and they can really enjoy the life.
Their weddings are so huge that they remind of famous celebrities' concerts that have first come and all their tickets were sold in a year before the plenned event.
Not less than a thousand people are invited to the wedding. No one must be forgotten and offended, even the person whom you or your acquaintances have seen or talked to only a few times in your life.
The credits are taken for such a wedding and are being payed during all the family life. But the just married cannot do other way, it's a question of honour, that is very important for hot Caucasian heart.
Not less than 8 cows are killed for the wedding. The national dishes are cooked and all this is accompanied by national dances and hearty talks.
nearly all young men come to the wedding with pistols elegantly tied to their belts. When they dance the pistols may fall and create additional noise and joy.
So, all that you can see is an unforgettable show. But the main thing that you cannot forget is the unique temper, maximalism and sincere passion to everything in hot southern Abkhasia.
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