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Moved my family to Georgia... Wait, what?

I am writing this blog post while sitting on the balcony of our home here in Georgia. It is about 30 degrees Celsius outside, the sun is out and I can feel a nice warm breeze on my face. There’s a view both to the Kutaisi city and to the snowy hilltops and I find myself thinking “WHAT? Is this for real?” It is even more surreal when I am standing in the middle of the tea fields, mountains in the background.

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Tea and Georgia - what have you taught me?

So, at the beginning of 2018, I had just left my job in Estonia, preparing to become a tea farmer in Georgia. Even now it sounds a bit crazy when writing it down :) Did the year go as I visioned? Of course not! But it didn’t also go worse or better, it just went differently. Because, if you have never lived in that specific country and you are doing something for the first time of your life, then you don’t really have anything to base your expectations on.

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Back to the corporate world?

The last 4 months have been everything I expected it to be. Those months have challenged me mentally and physically and for sure pushed my borders. It has been at times exhausting, but I have never had any regrets, not once. So, when I decided to accept a position as a temporary CEO of Nordica (Estonian national aviation group) two weeks ago, it was not because I missed the airconditioned office or would be giving up on tea farming. But before I explain this decision in more details, let's start from the beginning... 

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One month as a real farmer

I am old enough to know, that usually things do not go as planned and I was mentally prepared, that the beginning will not be easy. I also knew that I was largely on my own until our other team members arrive in mid-April. So, all in all, I can happily conclude, that everything has gone more or less as expected. Probably the most important thing is, that I have enjoyed my new life as a farmer, even if I often did not enjoy the challenges I have faced. Now, one month later, I have learned quite a bit, solved our first crisis's and at the same time, somehow managed to stay as enthusiastic as I was 🙂. It can...

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Cleaning of Renegade Estate

The tea plantation, located near Opurchkheti, Imereti, had been abandoned for nearly 30 years. The fields were completely covered with weed and bushes, tea plants hidden under it. It was a plantation that was one of the last ones we found during our search. But it made an impression to us. Though it is located near the main road, once you stand in the plantation, there is complete silence and calmness. So, we decided to bring it back to life. During a 3 month period, the whole area was cleaned from fern, bushes and small trees. The land was cultivated and tea plants cut, so new sprouts could start growing. A lot remains to be done, but new leaves are...

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