SLS Georgia 2017: Information For Participants
Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations, though if you have any problems finding a place to stay, we can offer assistance. Below are some accommodation options recommended by our colleagues in Tbilisi.
Our meeting spot will be at the Writer’s House of Georgia, at 13 Ivane Machabeli St., in the heart of the city, so you may wish to find somewhere to stay nearby.
Searching for apartments on Air BnB near the Writer’s House is a good place to star
A list of apartments for rent: https://www.airbnb.com/wishlists/156377738
Most are centrally located and inexpensive by North American standards.
Rustavelli Hotel: Centrally located, and walking distance from the Writer’s House of Georgia. Discounts available for SLS participants at substantially lower rates than those listed at other links (on booking.com, for instance), on a first come first served basis. Rates are for single or for shared rooms.
Ibis Hotel: Brand new, also located very near to the Writer’s House: https://web.facebook.com/IBIS-Styles-Tbilisi-Center-1756045301314055/?_rdr
This list is non-exhaustive, and we suggest that you do your own research. Hotels are likely to fill up quickly for July, so we advise that you book as early as possible.
Program and scheduling
The opening party will take place on July 9th, the closing party on the 22nd. Classes begin on the 10th and finish on the 21st. You may wish to arrive one day before the program starts, to orientate yourself, and to adjust to the time zone.
More detailed program schedules will be provided to participants in early May.
We will arrange for a taxi to pick you up from the airport and take you to where you are staying. Please make sure you have informed the program coordinator of your arrival time in Tbilisi.
In general, taxis are cheap; rides within central districts usually cost $2-3. However, most of the attractions in Tbilisi are walking distance from one another.
Transportation for trips outside of the city (e.g. to Sighnaghi and Batumi) is not included in the overall program costs. To get there, we’ll rent buses for a small fee, and split the costs amongst those who choose to come.
Georgia is known for its food and wine! You’ll be introduced to some of these delicacies at our opening party.
There will be lunch breaks between morning and afternoon sessions. The area around the Writer’s House is home to a number of nice hotels and cafes. We’ll eat out together in groups in the evenings.
The currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari (GEL). There are 2.46 Lari to $1 US, and 1.81 Lari to $1 CAN.
ATM machines, banks and money-exchange offices are widely available, and all major credit cards are accepted.
We require that you obtain travel insurance before your trip. Many SLS participants go with United Healthcare (formally MEDEX) (www.uhcsafetrip.com) or Patriot (https://purchase.imglobal.com/Quote/patriot/pre-quote?imgac=182036), though please research the best option for you.
We also recommend that you obtain travel insurance that makes flight refundable, in case of any exigencies.
We require that participants sign and bring to Georgia a liability waver form.
Forms will be available on the website soon.
Watch this space for more information!
If you require further assistance with any of the above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.