Things move quickly in Tbilisi, when they move at all. The haggling takes ten minutes—the rent holds steady, but Dato will replace the washing machine and install wireless internet throughout the ezo—and when it is over, we drink.
Tara Isabella Burton's work on religion, culture, and place can be found at National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Al Jazeera America, Smithsonian, The BBC, The Atlantic,and more. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Arc, Shimmer, PANK, and more. She is the winner of The Spectator's 2012 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. She has recently completed her first novel.