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Final Days in Georgia! (31.5.14)

As our time winds down here in Georgia, we continue to crunch in as many activities as possible.

Yesterday, the 30th of May, we drove a little ways out of the city to take part in a white water rafting expedition. Although the water level was a little low, the rapids were nicely paced and our tour guide was awesome.

Of course, as I always do, I forgot an important piece of my GoPro. This time it being the screw that attached my camera to the head band. Not willing to lose my GoPro, I wasn’t able to bring it while rafting so there’s no footage to share ๐Ÿ˜ฆ sorry!

After, the incredibly hospitable family fed us an indescribable amount of food.

Today we ventured off to Gori where we took a tour of Joseph Stalins house as well as Uplistskhe, the cave city. Every direction you looked was a new breathtaking view. We had a little fun taking pictures.

It’ll be tough to say goodbye and head home but I’m sure this wont be the last time I’ll be here. Tomorrow, we plan on packing and cleaning and then head to the Tbilisi Airport around 2:30 am for a 4:01 am departure.

For Now, Cheers!

Alex

Tbilisi at Night (28.5.14)

Considering none of us woke up until 5 pm after waking up early to take Hailey to the Airport, most of our adventures today came at dusk and/or night time. Mikes old family friends drove us a little ways out of town to one of the Georgia’s most renowned restaurant for traditional food. There we had Khinkali, Kababi, Khachapuri, and Mtsvadi. It was the first time I couldn’t finish my meal.

After that we ventured into a small town with a beautiful church. I said the town looked a little German, Mike disagreed.

After this we drove up to the top of the hill to get a fantastic view from the Monastery:

We drove back into the city and up to the castle that overlooks the city. It was the first time I really got to see the town from above at night.

Tomorrow our plans are open so we’ll see what we end up doing. Either way, I’ll keep y’all up to date.

For Now, Cheers!

Alex

An Eventful Last 3 Days (27.5.14)

Sorry for taking so long to make another post, it has definitely been an eventful three days.

As I previously posted about, on Saturday the 24th, Joey, Hailey, and I headed to the Georgian Premier League Championship Rugby Game between Lelo Tbilisi and Armia Tbilisi. Lelo Tbilisi emerged victorious with a score of 28-14. But before that, we explored the town of Tbilisi and found some incredibly picturesque areas.

After that we headed out for a night in town including some clubbing and bar hopping. The club was PACKED and a real good time.

On Sunday, Hailey and I headed to the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi while Mike and Joey relaxed at home. It was beautiful

After the cathedral, we all headed to a performance of a traditional Georgian dance. “Interesting” is all I have to say about that.

After that was when the real fun came in… Joey, Mike, and I all got food poisoning. We woke up Monday morning feeling very ill and unfortunately had to cancel our white water rafting trip. Today we are feeling better but we’re still taking it slow.

We have yet to decide what the plans are for today but I’ll be sure to keep you up to date.

For Now, Cheers!

Alex

Sketchy Rides and Broken Noses (24.5.14)

Yesterday was by far the most active day yet. Joeys pedometer read that he had taken almost 20,000 steps, close to eight miles. Our expedition began when Michael THOUGHT he had found the right path to the Tram Station, which led up to the top of a mountain that overlooked Tbilisi. Little did we know that we overshot the base when we realized we were already halfway above up the walk. So for the next two miles, we battled a slope like this:

But received the reward of a view like this:

Like I mentioned, an “amusement” park was situated atop the mountain. Amusement put in quotations because half of the rides weren’t open and/or didn’t work. And lets just say their safety facilities were sub-par. Long story short, Joey bashed his face into the back of my head on the log flume and possibly had a broken nose. Their medical facilities consisted of a water spicket from the ground and toilet paper grabbed from the bathroom. Let me also tell you that the ride was broken approximately five minutes prior to us riding.

Luckily we found the tram for the ride down and the view was spectacular.

Today we venture off to the castle, the basis for all of Tbilisi and then off to the rugby match today!

For Now, Cheers!

Alex

“Real” Tbilisi (21.5.14)

Chernobyl or Tbilisi’s zoo? I couldn’t tell you. And a zoo is stretching it, less then half the cages filled and abandoned carnival rides that littered the entire grounds. It was a bit creepy.

Our expedition ended right there when we got kicked out for riding the ABANDONED rides supposedly only for kids.

But the market was fairly interesting! Pretty much anything you wanted was available; electronics, clothes, weapons, and almost any home appliance you could think of.

It was a step up from those in Mexico, but not by much. Personally, I prefer the one in Cuernavaca because, there, they have more “home-made/authentic” items. None-the-less! Joey and I picked up a rugby ball and plan on tossing it around sometime soon.

As for the rest of the day, tonight we pick up Haley (Joey and Mikes friend) from the airport. Other then that, House of Cards and siestas are a must. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date.

For Now, Cheers!

Alex

Tbilisi! (20.5.14)

Michael warned me… Georgia is a wild land, and I could tell the second I landed. After arriving at 3:00 am in Tbilisi, we made our way to the Hotel Europa where we were staying for the next 2.5 weeks. The only issue was, that hotel did not exist anymore, and we found this out at 4:00 am… Luckily we had Michaels close friends with us to take us back to their loft to hang out until we figured out our next steps. Nino, Mike’s “2nd mother” was a huge help and found us our own fantastic loft for only $23 a night!

Yea… fantastic. 5 beds, 1 bath, full kitchen, wifi, tv, and a laundry room!

I would have posted about this yesterday but all three of us passed out around 6:30 pm, and ended up sleeping for 13.5 hours. That’s what happens when you don’t sleep for 30 hours.

Once we got here, only one place was on Michaels mind, these beauts:

Klinkali… 30 of them. They were so good that after I didn’t want anymore, I forced myself to eat one more. Don’t be deceived, these little devils are difficult to eat and if you don’t do it correctly, any Georgian will judge you.

Step 1: Stab the stem with the fork and flip it upside down

Step 2: Take a small bite out of the dough and suck the juice out that is inside it

Step 3: Eat the rest of the Klinkali, but not the stem! This is how others know how many you’ve ate. It’s almost like a competition.

Apparently these are a daily meal, and no complaints here. The equivalent price of these in the USA is about ยข30/klinkali.

Today our plans have been a little skewed because of the wet weather. We haven’t decided what we want to do yet but I’ll keep y’all up to date!

For now, cheers!

Alex