Trip Advices for Travelers to Georgia
Russian language is quite limited. It is remembered, mainly, only by people aged over 30 years. Given the abundance of local dialects, even small knowledge of Georgian usually does not help.
In Abkhazia, people speak their own language, not even remotely resembling Georgian (refers to Abkhaz-Adyghe language group of the North Caucasus of the family). But the Russian is understood almost everywhere.
Currency exchange rates and finance
The standard of living in the country is extremely low. Prices are according too. Therefore, it is recommended to take many small denominations.
In Abkhazia, due to the course of the Russian ruble, which are freely exchanged for any hard currency and have an unlimited currency in trade. But just as the rest of Georgia, in many places, tourists will be obliged to pay only in dollars.
In the markets decided to haggle. Prices are fixed in most stores.
Tipping in most establishments is 5%, but if service charges are not included in the bill, it is recommended to leave 10% of the total bill as the tip. In other places, you can just leave the change.
While bathing in the sea, you should bear in mind that most of the beaches are pebbled and the bottom level decreases rapidly from the shore. Bathing in the sea when the waves are of great strength and wind is more than three points is simply dangerous, because in most cases the bank is very uncomfortable. Most coastal resorts have long fallen into decay, so clean the beaches have almost no support (except for Resorts of Adjara and Abkhazia, where clearing banks is still in progress).
Kindness and hospitality of the inhabitants of Georgia are widely known for a long time. Nothing has changed now. Even at such a low standard of living of any citizen of the country does not refuse to help tourists, most of all – absolutely for free.
Georgian feast is repeatedly glorified by all who have ever attended it. Centuries-old traditions and a special attitude to the table and hearth, is an integral part of home and family (and family for all Georgians is sacred!) Led to the fact that any meal, especially if attended by a guest, turns into a feast, regardless of the level of wealth owners. In any case, it takes a complicated ritual utterance of toasting (and there is always wine on the table), communication and exchange of views on a wide variety of life experiences. Noisy debate are present. Invocation to all witnesses and authority this is also a huge yes. But the honor of the guest within the home will never be violated.
The special, stressed respect for parents (especially for older family members) and friends, also catches the eye.
There is no special etiquette at the table. The main thing is not to interrupt the tamada.