Tbilisi, Georgia: Is anyone out there?

Trip Start Jul 28, 2013
Trip End Feb 06, 2014

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Flag of Georgia  , Tbilisi,
Saturday, September 28, 2013

"I wonder how long I can stay in bed before dear old Nunu comes a knocking to tell us we need to check out". That was my first thought, followed quickly by "urrrgh do we really have to take the bus all the way back to Tbilisi today?". Unlike me Sam appeared to feel tiptop which I can only put down to the fact he palmed his shot of chacha onto me.

I have to say, the number of Israelis we came across in Kazbegi was immense. Both times half the bus was full of them along with the bar in the evening. Nice bunch although each time they've boarded the mini bus, put their stuff on a seat and walked off. Sure, they tell you the bus is going to leave at say 11:00 but in reality what that means is - if its not full, we won't leave. If it is full we will leave x minutes early. No no no my friend that doesn't appear to comprehend with our dear Israeli's who wonder off, hold up the bus and return bang on time. Except for this time when the bus driver actually drove off which I thought was hilarious and despite their belongings being sat on the seat opposite me I chose to keep quiet. Tut tut. Luckily for them however someone else decided to raise the alarm and have the driver stop. Sure enough over they ran laughing and joking. Little did they know we had been sat there waiting to depart for 1 1/2 hours so no, we didn't see the funny side.

Securing far better seats on the journey back we were able to marvel at the scenery flying by, all of which we had missed on the journey up due to not being able to see out of the windows. The rugged beauty was breathtaking. Huge arid mountains rose up from the valley with zipper like seams occasionally splitting them apart to allow the glacial waters to flow into rivers far below.

On looking back on our time in Georgia I believe some of the best things about this beautiful country are the people, wine, cheese and dramatic landscape which I'm sure was just the tip of the iceberg having only ventured as far as Kazbegi. Still, it was enough to sat entranced for three hours with my forehead pressed firmly up against the window of the bus as it weaved along the road at sometimes lightening speed.

Back in Tbilisi we held high hopes for discovering the hidden population who we thought must surely venture out on a Saturday evening. WRONG. Once again we were one of the few people in each of the places we visited. Even the lovely Buddha Bar was completely empty except staff and a group of eight ladies out for some form of mild celebration. So all in all, beautiful city yes, atmosphere no.
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