I was lucky to visit friends in Georgia in late 2007 and early 2008. I could explore Tbilisi’s ‘medieval’ feel. I took a countryside road trip to climb up to secluded monasteries. I visited Gori, the town where Stalin grew up. I also did a ski trip in Gudauri and ventured towards the border with Russia. I wouldn’t have imagined that a few months later the area would see war.