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9:45 a.m. local time (5:45 a.m. GMT)

I took a taxi to work again, this time a blue one. Chatted with the driver on the way. Obviously, the Russian occupation was the main topic we discussed. The driver, Gocha Togonidze, told me he stayed in Poti throughout the bombing.

We also discussed more recent events. Gocha thinks President Saakashvili's visit to Poti was an "act of heroism." Several people have said the same thing actually, that in the presence of the Russian troops, Saakashvili displayed real bravery by coming here. Personally, I think these kinds of statements are rather exaggerated, but I guess when the general atmosphere is as tense as it is now, we all tend to overdramatize things.

I kept looking out the car window on the way, hoping to see familiar faces on the streets. I did see a couple of people I know, and this made me very happy, for this is a sign that more and more people are coming back to town. As I was about to enter the office, I saw two cows eating grass on the sidewalk of the main street by some strange and funny coincidence, they were standing right underneath the stop sign. The cows are among the few and fortunate Poti inhabitants who are not worried about political developments....