|Gori [Georgia, 2004]|
In a country where English
is rarely spoken and which has its own unique, 2500-year-old alphabet,
finding your way around can be difficult. However, identifying the bus to
Stalin's birthplace is easy, thanks to the portrait on the destination
Joseph Stalin was born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in Gori, 1879, where the two-room hovel he grew up in is now enclosed by a marble-columned, temple-like structure. While Stalin was discredited decades ago in the rest of the ex-Soviet Union, some Georgians still revere him as a symbol of a brutal but more certain time.