I Am Taking My Homeland with Me

Author: Maka Gogaladze

Georgians arrived in Istanbul at different times with different aims. Today they are scattered throughout this foreign city but each one is creating their own version of Georgia, a reflection of what they miss from home.

In Huseyin’s version of Georgia, they prepare Turkish tea and serve Turkish dishes, carrying them from one floor to another.

Irakli’s version of Georgia is Café Galaktioni, which welcomes everyone and treats its guests to Georgian cuisine, literature and music.

In the outskirts of the city, Georgian women work in private residential houses. They often gather at Dadu’s, where they create their own version of their homeland by making Georgian dishes, singing Georgian songs and sharing their grief with each other.

I Am Taking My Homeland with Me

Journeys, December/January 2018/2019




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