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Batumi Blues {format} 12:12 Larry Massett

A tale of disappearing train ticket offices, life-limited electric fans and the eccentricities of existence in the post-Soviet republic of Georgia. Alex returns home to Batumi, a port on the Black Sea by the Turkish border. The city has always been an outpost, the farthest reach of different empires from Roman times on. In the Soviet era, up until 1991, it prospered with booming oil refineries and tangerine groves. But now,Alex feels, his old hometown is decaying, like some provincial capital in the Middle Ages after the fall of Rome. [transcript]

Broadcast: Oct 17 2003 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Business, International, Travel