Diana lives in Sukhum, but is originally from Ochamchira, a small town near the Georgian border. She grew up in an international environment; her father is Abkhazian, and her mother is Mingrelian but speaks both Mingrelian and Georgian. As a child, Diana spoke three languages and lived among two cultures. This diverse background later inspired her to pursue a masters degree in linguistics, and now she speaks Abkhazian, Mingrelian, Georgian, English, and a bit of Turkish, German, and French. Diana is a citizen of Abkhazia and does not have a Russian passport, thus she cannot travel around the world; she can only dream of doing so. Yet, her job as a tour guide gives her the opportunity to communicate with people of so many different cultures—she finds it extremely fulfilling!
“When I understood how great my love for my country and its traditions really was, I found that I was ready to be a guide. I really want to show my guests the tiniest details of our culture, which are hidden from most who come to Abkhazia as tourists. Though more and more people are getting to know about my country, I want to go on spreading information about it. I would like to show my guests the hidden beauty of Abkhazia.”