Yukari Karavansarai Hotel
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... previously suggested to me that there may not be as much of the Chino Effect here, the stares and smiles I normally get when traveling through some of these lesser-touristed countries, because the people may be more Asian in look.
For whatever reason, not a lot of Asians make it to certain countries, and it's usually quite entertaining seeing the reaction of locals as I stroll around town - not only have most of them rarely seen an Asian ...
... and horse-drawn carts, seemingly running better than their advanced age suggests they should.
Looking at the typical Lada found in these parts, the average age appears to be about 20 years, with some of them even pushing 30. Even if they were in constant need of repair, the fact that they can still run at all after so many years suggests that these cars aren't as bad as they are made out to be. In fact, the Lada I rode in today ran very well, ...
... think our guards today must have been in good moods!
We made it through in 45 minutes and the truck made it through in 1 hour 8 minutes! No one asked to see our cameras, only the guide got asked where she went in Armenia, and how long she was there, the rest of us pretty much all got stamped through without comment. Apparently the tuck checker asked to see our beer stash, was showed it was Georgian and was happy, ...
... which has been converted into a hotel. Our room, for 3 ladies, has a sitting room as well as a bedroom.
The Khan's Palace is the only remaining building of the 49 that were originally within the fort. It was built in the mid 1700s it took 2 years to build and 8 to complete the internal decoration. All the rooms have hand painted ...
6 hrs, 8.2 kms
Day total: 16 hrs, 29.2 kms
One more village I decide to count, with the fertile fields and mountains as a backdrop for my videoclip. Here there's an old schoolhouse out in the middle of nowhere, with scuptures of 5 young men carved in the front... I'm assuming heroes from some war or another.
Finally I reach the farmhouse next to a field and a stream--almost sure this is where in ended my Qabala hike. Just in ...