1st stop: Kutaisi


2nd week in Georgia: My first short trip has been Kutaisi. I have accompanied my flatmate Hiki to pick up her parents, who arrived at Kutaisi’s little Airport.
The first night, I slept in a horrible smoky dorm room of a hostel. Fortunately, I was able to change the hostel and I got a new nice bedroom in the flat of a very nice woman.

We travelled by mini van from Tbilisi to Kutaisi. That very exciting ride showed and confirmed that Georgian drivers drive as they were in a car chase, which means crazy, fast and off the beaten track. All in all, I was not able to sleep, because I had to hold on to Hiki’s arm and be prepared for the big crash.

Kutaisi is a beautiful city. With it’s mountainous and green landscape it is a natural and calm city. Contrasting the desert area of Rustavi and Tbilisi, Kutaisi is much more green and humid.
The river Rioni divides the mountainous area with it’s old houses and the city center, which contains many new buildings.

My favorite place and photographic object was the Colchis fountain. This fountain in is located in the central square of Kutaisi. It was built in 2011 by the architect David Gogichaishvili. The fountain consists of 30 gold plated statues.
Around the fountain were several beautiful and old buildings, like the city’s theater and cinema and some restaurants.

Besides, Hiki and I were a little bit disappointed about Kutaisi’s nightlife, because it does not exist.
We can find more going on in Rustavi!

Consequently, we used our power to explore the city.
We visited two Christian orthodox cathedrals.
The more famous one, is called Gelati (It is the one, with a lot of frescoes inside). We liked it very much.


About My City

…The volunteer’s flat is located in Rustavi, a small city  situated 25 km southeast of the capital Tbilisi. The city is devided into two parts. There is Rustavi’s old and new part . The inhabitants call them “Old Rustavi” and “New Rustavi”. Both are connected with a bridge.

The older part has a nice and huge place called “Meria” (See some pictures by night below).

The new part consists of block houses, decorated with colorful chain of lights to make the block houses look more beautiful. (I also live in a block house). Actually, they are more cosy and nice inside, than they look like from outside!

Georgia was involved in a lot of fights. (You can read about them here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rustavi#Early_history) After the fight against the Mongol leader Tamerlane, Rustavi has been completely destroyed and became a desert.

Rustavi was rebuilt as a major industrial center during the Soviet era. The development of Rustavi was part of Joseph Stalin’s accelerated industrialization process, and included ironworks, steelworks, chemical plants and an important railway station on the Tbilisi-Baku railroad line. Rustavi is the site of approximately 90 large and medium-sized industrial plants. (https://en.wikipedia.org)

Rustavi is now one of the 4 biggest cities in Georgia. It has around 120.000 inhabitants…

Here are some night pictures of the place “Meria”.