At last, Miss Hoggy is living the Georgian life, working as an English teacher, khachapuri much, in the land of Jason. I know! Alright, she’s jumping ahead of herself. Let start from the beginning. Are you all ready to jump into the land of old with me? Well, this boy is.
After many temporary homes in forms of hotels, I’ve finally made it to my teaching posting in Kutaisi and a host family came with the package as well. They are very lovely. And they didn’t mind to tell me, many times that Kutaisi is where Jason got the Golden Fleece. That’s why the White Bridge is here. Because, that’s where as legend would have it, the people of this land hung the fleece of gold, right here.
Also, I’m told that Kutaisi is a very old city, at least 3500 years old. Hmm, let me think about it. How old is Melbourne? 177 years old. Melbourne, you’re such a baby. But hey, how old would you be if you don’t know how old you are, right? Well, let’s walk down the oldest street in Kutaisi.
Yeap, the bridge is the oldest thing around here, along with the cobbled street that leads from it. This is where the city begins, and rightfully so, where it all began for this city.
To be honest, it’s not difficult to imagine how it all played out in the legend of Jason. The old rugged shores of the Rioni, the ruins, the architecture, regardless of insignificant the reality of that story might be, this stretch of road, in this part of world, can be a magical portal, in my own head. That’s the magic of the human imagination. It can weave a story into a legend, like a sheep fleece into a golden fleece.
Well, well, this is my current home, where the Jason and the Argonauts came in search for the Golden Fleece. If I would have it, with my imagination as a magical portal, just by living in this city, I am an Argonaut too.Facts: Kutaisi is 4-5 hours away from Tbilisi’s Didube station. It would cost you 10 laris. From Kutaisi’s main marshrutka station, take the No. 1 bus into the city centre. It should only cost you 30 tetris.