Georgia had me craving to visit it for quite some time now. When I tried Georgian food for the first time the craving did not become less.
After a brief stop-over in Germany, and after losing my mobile phone one day before going to Germany on my way to Skopje, I headed off again to Tbilisi. After a passport check at 3 in the morning, waiting for luggage, getting some cash, fixing a SIM card for internet traffic, and grabbing a bottle of water had been sorted out, I waited for the bus.
My 100 Lari (must be the greatest name for a currency? “How much is that in Laris?”) note was too much for the driver’s taste. But a kind fellow traveler decided to just pay for me. A highly appreciated kind gesture! Albeit 0,50 Laris not being more than 15 cents. The challenge I realized would not only have been the currency, but the fact that the machine did not speak my language. But I must admit, the writing, i.e. the alphabet, is one of the prettiest I have seen.
The arrival in Tbilsi at night was a bit of a pain, of course, but the view upon arrival from the airport was stunning. A myriad of buildings and structures that are illuminated greet the unsuspecting visitor. The chameleon-like illuminated TV-tower, the walls of the medieval fortress, the many churches, as well as the large basilica. A wonderful sight. Plus 20ºC warmer than Germany! But then, of course, Tblisi means “warm place”. Obvious, once you know.
After crashing on the hostels’ sofa for a while I went to explore the town, and naturally the food. Both have been very satisfying indeed! Prices are a pleasure to the budgeting traveler. My first impression of Tbilisi is more than good in summary. I would be surprised if this city would not become a center of western tourism soon. So maybe I should not tell anyone about it then? Well, fortunately, no one reads my blog. 🙂
It feels good to be on the road again. Plus, Georgia seems easy to navigate and I assume the same to be true for Azerbaijan and Armenia, where I go next as well. After the first part of this RTW I realized that I need to slow down to keep things chill and easy, and above all interesting. I am working on finding the right speed and intensity. Georgia appears chill enough though not to cause me too much hassle in doing so.