The electricity bill for the small flat I had rented in Tbilisi had just doubled because of falling temperatures. I was reaching the end of the needed research for my hiking guide about Georgia. And a good friend of mine was planning a vacation in Thailand and Myanmar.
I decided that I could as well finish my hiking guide while enjoying the warmer climate of Southeast Asia – and I am writing this post while enjoying the sea view on Phuket island, Thailand! (Okay, it’s grey and rainy today, but hey, it’s still the sea and there’s a palm tree right next to my balcony, so what.)
Just before I left Georgia somebody asked me what I liked and didn’t like about the country, and it got me thinking about what I will miss and what I won’t miss. Here we go: Continue reading
Last time I was in Telavi / Kakheti I was just passing through on my way to Tusheti, but fortunately I came back to explore this part of Georgia – famous for its wine – a bit more.
Roman Burduladze, who runs Tushetiland Travels and who I had the luck to come across while looking for travel ideas, remembered this beautiful place in the mountains that he’d been to long time ago. Well, we found it again, in the mountains close to the Batsara Natural Reserve:
Amazing, isn’t it? As you can see, I couldn’t resist the urge to get an “I-was-there”-photo… Continue reading
What happens when a German travels to Kakheti, THE wine region of Georgia? She ends up at a beer festival, of course…
Khevsureti is one of the most beautiful regions in Georgia, and one of the most difficult to access. Korsha is the last village on the road leading north into the Khevsureti mountains that is still accessible during the winter months. Many tourists just pass by this little village as they are heading towards Shatili (which admittedly is pretty amazing with its medieval fortified slate houses and towers all clustered together on a slope above a river and surrounded by mountains – more about Shatili in a later post.)
However, I can only recommend a stopover at the Arabuli family’s guesthouse in Korsha, one of the best places I’ve stayed at in Georgia! To start with, this is what you might get when asked upon arrival whether you’d like “a coffee”:
A self-made wayside shrine dedicated to St. George, in Tskneti, Georgia.
As I twisted my ankle a few weeks back I’m still in Georgia, waiting for my foot to heal and spending my time learning Russian in Tbilisi. Fortunately, a friend of mine had offered that I could stay at his brother’s lovely appartment since he’s currently abroad and not using it. So instead of traveling around I have had the chance to explore Georgian everyday life, and its challenges, for a change. Continue reading
Possibly my most favourite name ever for an organization:
Seen in Sighnaghi, Georgia.
While my foot is steadily getting better I still can’t do much more than hobble to the little village shop and back once a day. Three reasons why I’m nevertheless enjoying myself here:
1) The view from my room:
2) The view from the second window of my room:
3) Giorgi, the owner of the guesthouse who is taking great care of me, including cooking dinner for both of us and providing me with a daily dose of ‘chacha’, the traditional Georgian spirit, for better sleep and quicker healing.