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Tamada Travels: A Camel Looks for Love in the Caucasus

Episode 6: For a country, like Georgia, keen on promoting its European credentials, a camel attack in the center of its capital city is not exactly the most expected event.

The July 1 incident happened outside Tbilisi’s most pretentious district, Vake, which is better used to stilettos than to hooves.

Tbilisi last saw camels a century ago, when it was a layover point for Europe-bound caravans from Central Asia and the Middle East.

The bizarre news left many residents wondering whether the past was repeating itself.

The camel’s owner, Swiss citizen Roland Verdan, who goes by the name Gorhan, would only be too glad. He is on a decades-long mission to bring back nomadic values, and part of that is accepting camels as they are.

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, and writes EurasiaNet.org's Tamada Tales blog.

Tamada Travels: A Camel Looks for Love in the Caucasus

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