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A Taste of Georgia

A Taste of Georgia

Flavorful dishes, homemade bread, and plenty of wine are essential at the Georgian dinner table. Influenced by both European and West Asian traditions, Georgian food, filled aromatic herbs and spices, plays an important role in social culture. Here are a few of the most characteristic dishes of a Georgian meal.   Georgian Dishes Khachapuri This traditional Georgian bread is stuffed with a mixture of eggs, various cheeses, and herbs.  This mixture is cooked until the cheese inside of the bread has melted to form a delicious filling.  Khachapuri is a staple of most Georgian meals. Khinkali  Dumplings—Georgian style!  Fillings for Khinkali can include meat, vegetables, potatoes, and cheese. Suluguni Love it or hate it—this sour, pickled cheese is something you have to try during your stay in Georgia.  It has a salty, savory taste, and is often deep fried to mask its strong odor.   Georgian Desserts Georgian sweets and desserts tend to be based around nuts or fruit.  Various nuts, fruits, and sometimes honey, are combined in different ways to create these delicious treats. Churchkhela  This dessert is popular in many countries in the region, including Turkey, Greece, and Russia.  It is made by dipping a string of nuts, […]

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RTT Taiwan February Event: Elephant Mountain

RTT Taiwan February Event: Elephant Mountain

  Still have things to cross off your “Things to do in Taipei” bucket list? I know I do. So for this month’s event, I’m taking us on a hike that’s right in the heart of our amazing city: Elephant Mountain. Elephant Mountain is just a short walk from the base of Taipei 101, …and about a twenty-minute hike up to the top. (Note: Even though it’s a short hike, it consists of mostly stairs… so be prepared). It will all be worth it once we make it to the viewing area; it’s supposed to be one of the BEST views of the city. We can then continue on and check out the rest of the hikes in that area, or we can end there and all get lunch together. If anyone is interested in the hike but would rather go for sunset, let me know. It’s supposed to be packed with people on the weekends, especially at night, but if everyone would rather have night views of the city then we can definitely change the time! When: Sunday, February 19th Time: 12pm Meet: Taipei City Hall MRT, Exit 2 Cost: Free, but bring $ for lunch if interested Bring: […]

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Georgia’s Chiatura Church

Georgia's Chiatura Church

About 10 miles from Georgia’s small town of Chiatura, the Katskhi Pillar juts upward from verdant green hills. Known as Chiatura Church, this ancient stone structure has overlooked the hills of Imereti province for over a thousand years. Before Chiatura church was built, it is believed that the pillar was an ancient site for pagan rituals. When Christianity took root in Georgia, a group called the Stylites took over the pillar.

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Celebrating the Lunar New Year in Asia

Celebrating the Lunar New Year in Asia

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, is celebrated throughout the world, but has its traditions rooted in both China and Taiwan.

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Celebrating Christmas in Georgia

Celebrating Christmas in Georgia

Spending the holiday season in another country is the perfect way to really get to know that country’s culture and people. In the Republic of Georgia, Christmas celebrations contain plenty of familiar elements, as well as a number of traditions that are uniquely Georgian. The vast majority of the population in Georgia is Orthodox Christian. As such, Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year. In the Orthodox world, the Julian calendar is still used in place of the Georgian calendar, meaning that Christmas falls on January 7th. On this day, large processions make their way through cities, towns, and villages throughout Georgia. These mass walks, called Alilo, are central to Georgia’s unique Christmas celebration. Banner-carrying clergy lead the processions, and men, women and children follow. Dressed as shepherds, soldiers, famous religious figures, or wearing traditional Georgian clothes, the procession members congratulate each other, and collect money for charities. Songs play an important role in the Christmas tradition in Georgia as well. Harmonious Georgian carols echo through the streets during the procession, and can also be heard in churches throughout the day. Although the songs vary from region to region, Georgian Christmas carols are solemn and beautiful. […]

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Celebrate Christmas in South Korea In Style

Celebrate Christmas in South Korea In Style

Celebrating Christmas abroad can be a challenge for new teachers and long-term expats. That’s why Reach To Teach’s Korea HR team has you covered for the holiday season. Here are some ideas on how to spend Christmas in South Korea. For teachers living in the Seoul area, check out: 1. Hollywood Grill Cost: 25,000Won per person Dinner is from 4pm to 8pm on December 25th and includes a glass of wine or beer. Secure your reservation at 02-749-1650 or throughhollywoodgrill1@hotmail.com. 2. Big Rock – Buffet Cost: 38,500 Won per person Dinner is from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm on December 25th and includes a drink of your choice. Contact info@bigrock.co.kr for more information. 3. Hyatt Regency Incheon – Buffet Cost: 50,000 per person Dinner is from 3pm to 5pm on December 25th. For reservations, please call 032-745-1234. Teachers in Busan can consider the following: 1. Wolfhound – Buffet Cost: 35,000 per person Christmas Dinner runs from 2pm to 5pm on December 25th. Reservations are required and limited to 90 people. Email wolfhoundbusan@gmail.com for more information. 2. Seaman’s Club – Buffet Cost: 26,350 Won per person An all-day Christmas buffet that runs from 11am to 9pm. Contact Mr. Kim at 010-3863-9638 to […]

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Event Recap: RTT Taiwan Christmas Event at Playing Lounge Bar

Event Recap: RTT Taiwan Christmas Event at Playing Lounge Bar

For our Christmas event, we headed to Playing Lounge Bar in Taipei for an evening unlike any other Reach to Teach event this year. Despite its small size, Playing was a perfect spot for us. There were over 30 of us cozying and mingling on the comfy couches and chairs. Each table had its own hookah with different flavors for us to try. We also got specials on drinks throughout the night; my favorite being the 2-for-1 deal at 11! The best part of the night, however, was the belly dancing show. After about an hour of hookah, drinking, and catching up, all of the lights came off except one spotlight in the middle of the room. The belly dancer danced right in the middle only feet from our tables; it was awesome having the show literally right in front of us! In addition to celebrating an RTT Christmas, we also celebrated Euan’s birthday! The night ended with a cheers and a birthday song in his honor. After leaving the bar around midnight, a bunch of us headed to Babe 18 for an after party/birthday celebration 🙂 I’m grateful that so many of us could make it out for our […]

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RTT Interviews Raymond Revnyak, a Reach To Teach Teacher in South Korea

RTT Interviews Raymond Revnyak, a Reach To Teach Teacher in South Korea

An interview with a Reach to Teach teacher in South Korea. Raymond Revnyak joined the EPIK program in August 2011.

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