Well yesterday I did.
Yesterday I have arrived in Georgia (The Republic of…) and I must say I am impressed. Considering that 15 years ago much of Tblisi was in ruins from a long and painful civil war, and the economy was a mess, the place is now humming. Where ever you look there are work crews restoring old buildings, and cranes building new modern buildings. The prices for a nice apartment are very reasonable (perhaps because the currency has collapsed over the last six months or so?).
But I think it is also because this is mostly a free market economy and where there is a demand there will be a supply. Still a lot of screwed up things about the place. Not just because of a nasty civil war lasting about 10 years, but because of Soviet Socialism that lasted almost 80 years. But all the same very impressive.
Also, the city is very clean. I don’t know if it was always so clean, or it is a response to a crack down by the government on littering, etc., but whatever it is it is working.
Most importantly Georgia is full of opportunity. The economy is perhaps one of the freest in the world, but alas the Georgians are not fully prepared to deal with it, or provide for all the needs. That means opportunity for those who are. I suspect as Georgians become more accustomed to economic freedom they will become more sophisticated in regards to the mechanics. But for now it feels like a gigantic toy shop for entrepreneurs.
All in all, very nice so far.