Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Batumi Arrival

A rainy start early this morning as we arrived in Batumi, Georgia.

We were welcomed by local government authorities and members of the Georgian military. Following introductions, the national anthems of each country were played while military members from Georgia and STOUT saluted the Colors. The highlight of this small reception was a performance by a local youth dance troupe. The young dancers performed both gracefully and powerfully. They demonstrated traditional Georgian dances with the precision that comes only with extreme dedication and long hours of practice. It was truly a unique experience. Also awaiting STOUT’s arrival were several local media crews eager to photograph the ship and her crew.

While in Georgia, crew members will have the good fortune to experience tours, take in local cuisine, and attend a performance by the Georgian National Ballet