Fifteen excited faces met us at the airport in Tbilisi.
Little Aleko was swept away with Tako, Salome, and Marika holding his hands and leading him to the marshutka. Twenty minute drive through town, seeing what changes Tbilisi has had over the three years.
We arrived at the gray stone building and rode the antique elevator up three floors to Baccha and Kakha's apartment (now aunt and uncle) where a supra was spread and we began the feast with some of our favorite dishes.
Aleko was a bit shy at first but instantly warmed up to the relatives when stuffed animals were brought out. We are all really sleep deprived but I am excited to see what the next day has in store for us. Pictures to come soon. After sleep.......
Baccha's birthday was fun with a load of people. In the morning, Cicino surprised us and showed up.
A friend of ours (Keskinichi) is a trucker and Cicino hitched a ride together with Keskike's wife and kids (Boka and Marika).
Little Aleko loves Boka, because he plays with him. Cicino has a 9 month old baby boy, Giorgi. He is a pudgy little baby who is teething right now and constantly wants breastmilk. Cicino is a frantic first mom. Imagine taking on that, travelling in a big truck trailer with a chain smoker who doesn't open the window with a teething nine-month-old. Man, that is dedication. Boka and Marika sang beautiful songs at Baccha's supra. It was the first time my little Aleko had heard such vocals. Our niece Salome had her graduation banquet to go to too, which is almost like prom. She was so beautiful!