3rd – 10th January:
As a group of five volunteer friends, we travelled to eight different cities or towns.
Our first stop was Borjomi, which is a resort town in south-central Georgia.It is one of the districts of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region and is situated in the northwestern part of the region in the Borjomi Gorge on the eastern edge of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. The town is famous for it’s mineral water industry and the World Wide Fund for Nature-site Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park.
Unfortunately, during the winter months it is not possible to visit and hike in the National Park.
We could at least have a look on the three natural „hot springs“ ( in the winter they are less hot) filled with the famous Borjomi water and hike in the mountains around these springs, which was refreshing.
After one night in a nice guesthouse with very nice hosts, we continued our trip to Akhalzikhe, which literally means “new castle“. We had a hostel next to the new castle, which was beautiful and cold. After visiting the castle we took some wine, bread and cheese and celebrated our first two days in the hotel our upcoming trip to turkey…
The next day started well. We had a marshutka to the turkish border. Its driver played travel music and practiced English and tought us Georgian!
At the turkish border, we found a group of turkish workers, who took us to Possof, a small village in the mountains. They provided lunch packages for us and were very nice! After some selfies we shortly visited Possof.
Unfortunately we had to take a Taxi to Artvin, our next destination. The trip was beautiful anyway, although two or three interruptions of the turkish police, who checked our passports (in the middle of nowhere).
Finally, arrived in Artvin, a group police officers guided us to the police office to check our passports again. They apparently thought we were demonstrators as a demonstration should take place the day after. They asked us questions, took photos of our passports and finally booked us a bus to Trabzon (our next destination for the day after) for the same night. SO we spend our day in cars, a taxi and a bus..
We crossed the border, this time on the Black seaside and entered Batumi. As we all felt like washing the last day away, we went inside the black sea! With a outside temperature of 16 degrees, it felt like summer.
We found a very nice and cheap hostel in the city center (Calypso) and decided to stay two nights. Borjomi is a very touristic place and we all find it a bit artificial.
Fortunately, we got to know a very nice german couple, who travel around with there minibus. We invited them to visit us in Rustavi…
Due to a nice night at the beach, a small party in a local’s place and good food in a restaurant we got a lot of nice memories of Batumi.
Our next stop was Ozurgeti, the capital of the western Georgian province of Guria. The city center is composed by a Georgian-orthodox church, a city theater and a park.
On the next and last day, we went to Kobuleti.
Kobuleti is a town in Adjara, western Georgia, situated on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. It is a seaside resort, and a lot of Georgians spend their summer holidays there.
It was a trip full of experiences. Good and bad ones.
In the end we were all looking forward to sleep in our beds again!