This is the outdated version of my website (2011), I am in the process of designing struw.nl as my new website.
My great passion for archaeology, travel, mountains and learning foreign languages (Latin, Greek, Arabic, Russian) has led me to many places in Europe, the Middle East and the Caucasus region. I am always in for a game backgammon or chess.
Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia, a small country in the southern Caucasus on the edge of Europe.The Georgian culture is unique; its language has no relation with other spoken in the region, like the Turkic or Indo-European language groups. Georgians are an extremely hospitable and friendly people, who faced many threats and disasters throughout its history, like the Mongol invasion and many wars with Ottoman and Persian invaders. The post Soviet Russian state is seeking to preserve some of its influence in the region, against the interest of the Georgians.