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Like Yerevan, Tbilisi has softened me up. Comfortable lodgings, bed, fridge, wifi etc… However this experience is not about comfort. In many ways, it is actually about discomfort. Tbilisi is a fantastic city and it is so sad to go but it is time to move on.
We drove on the west side of the Mtkvari River all the way out of the city is surprisingly large (1.8 million) or ten times larger than ...
... people stopping and starring; a wonderful (African style) frenetic market; a powerful Georgian man greeting us and speaking us to use in a friendly manner in Georgian; fruits and vegetables as far ass the eye could see; a lovely attentive waitress in a fabulously quirky café; great Turkish coffee; ambling through the city centre streets; eating a delicious (1.2 lari or £0.35) sausage and salad roll bun thing; sitting in the shade of the central park; crossing three different bridges ...
... as I unwittingly became Will's (the company owner and driver) co-pilot; being directed to offices which I knew nothing about. What do I know about getting a truck over a border?!
I also had Will’s passport. I was as worried if not more had it been my own. My hands ached from holding it so tightly. I did not even get a chance to say goodbye to Shaz who I left tearily at the Turkish side of the border.
I hoped a walk through the nearby village would cheer ...
... Jochen appeared
alongside me tooting the horn. I pulled over straightaway to learn
that somewhere along the way he had lost his topbox. He didn't know
exactly where, but he hadn't done his usual regular checks on it so
it could be anywhere along our route, over 90 kilometres of it.
We turned around and re-traced our
steps back along the road we had just come, Jochen scouting one side
... bottles of vodka and the local vodka called cha cha which is potent. The next day the homestay lady prepared us breakfast which consisted of bread, salad and omelette. It had rained overnight and was still very misty and wet but we decided to carry on with our original plans for the day which was to venture up one of the mountains in the town, to the church on top. We caught 4wd trucks up there as the road was very windy and rough and it took us about ...