Travel Blogs from Baku
... the border town of Batumi. Out came the map and we peered over the detail before deciding not to take the main road but to take the primary road across the country and get to Tbilisi quicker....oh sweet mother of God what a terrible decision!
The road started out fine, Ger was driving and was doing his best to make time. The scenery in southern Georgia really is something to behold. Mountains bearing down on you from all sides, covered in trees and the odd house ...
... made some tea and prepared many plates of food including a big tray of Baklava, cookies, almonds, candies, and brandied fruit. I cut up some "Iranian Feta" cheese I had bought at the Ashgabat market and it was yummy. Some Azeri women on the boat were invited to join and they gave her gifts of bracelets, a ring, and some socks.
We arrived in Baku around 5pm (4pm after the time difference) and it took about 2 hours to get off the boat and thru ...
I would have liked to say it was uneventful, but unfortunately, my driver was not at the airport to pick me up at 3 am. I called him and woke him up ( :( )
Then I had to call my contact and wake her up to make sure that the driver was going to come get me. I was uncertain. I did make it to the hotel before 5:30 am.
Soooo much fun.
... to Turkmenistan, then through, Uzbekistan, Kazakstan--and finally loop back to Russia... And the only reason he can get in that way is because on he has Uzbek citizenship!
No wonder Georgians get irritated when they see Russian tourists in their country!
Finally the bus arrives and we're off.
The long ride across Azerbaijan is pretty uneventful. As I learn later, this route takes us through the most boring part of the country, through the semi-arid ...
... spending a second night on the ferry. This was fine. The accommodation was good, we had food and we also had some booze.
There was no movement on Sunday morning. But at about 2pm we heard the anchors being raised and the ferry then slowly edged its way to the dock where we arrived at around 3pm.
We all got off the ferry and made our way to the Turkmenistan immigration.