Kayseri is the city of travellers. A blend of cultures and civilizations throughout history, with traders and travellers from the Silk Road, conquers and a modern mix of Western and Eastern civilisation, all in one city. Not bad!
I am very lucky that my host is Aziz. He is a dedicated astronomer and a great cook! I stayed 4 days at his house and met his friends, we discussed a lot, ate amazing meals, we cycled and also observed Saturn, the Moon and some stars from a telescope at the observatory. Thanks for the lesson Gurkan! Aziz i hope we meet again and make things happen. Thank you so much! 🙂
But my time was up… So i cycled to the bus station, catched a night bus for the Black Sea region and left Kayseri.
In the morning we passed Trabzon
and i stopped at Hopa.
From there i started cycling and 20km after, i was at the border with Georgia!
I was feeling excited that a new chapter of the journey starts here and another one ends… I crossed the checkpoints with no problem and entered into Georgia! The first thing i saw was this
at the side of the road and i thought that, the first impression couldn’t be better! I continued through the new landsacape and reached Batumi within an hour.
I went straight to my host’s house.
Andrey is his name, he is from Ukrania nad he is a great guy. Normaly i would have stayed for 3 nights but we both get sick… So for the next 4 days we were just lying down on our beds. When i recovered my strength, after one week i was ready to hit the road (Jack… 😛 ) again. I packed and left Batumi.
My first impression is that Georgia is so much Green! Trees and grass everywhere around you. I think Guns’n’Roses will find their “Paradice City” in Georgia, because here also the girls are pretty 😉
For the first day i didn’t rush myself, because i wasn’t feeling 100% , so i made 35km and stopped at a very beautiful park, next to the Black Sea at Kobuleti.
The morning i started again with an excellent wheather for cycling through the green fields, rivers, small houses and mountains around. At miday i reached Lanchkhuti and went straight to its park. I tried Hatchapuri for lunch, which is a delicious cheesepie, with melted cheese and eggs. The whole day was relaxing and at nightime i set up my tent and got in. But after a while, a man with a strong flashlight came towards me… He was a police man, actually they were two. They were really friendly and explained me that i cannot sleep there, but i can take my stuff and sleep outside of the police station. So i did and felt completely sureal waking up outside of the police building…
I continued and after lots of green and steep hills, i reached Amaghleba. There i found a yard with nice grass and asked if i can stay there for the night. It was a municipality building and everybody said “Yes” with smile! So as i was resting, a guy came and spoke to me in greek… We talked for a while and Tato asked me if i want to sleep at his house. Of course i said yes! At his house i met his lovely family, his wife Tamuna, their 2 children, Tahta the wife of Tamuna’s brother and her son. We had nice conversations in greek before we go to bed. The next morning after breakfast, i said goodbye and cycled to Zestafoni. Thank you so much for everything Tato and your family, you are the soul of this project! 🙂
After some hours i was in Zestafoni where Shota was waiting for me at “The Island”, you can check their facebook page here. It is a cafe/bar that has a place for travellers to stay. Shota made my life easier with his kindness and i thank him a lot for everything, but specially for trying his best for me to have a shower, at a day that there was no water and he carried 20lt for me. Thanks a lot bro 😀
After resting there for 2 nights, i continued on my way to Tbilisi. The first night i slept next to a beautiful river.
The next day i had to climb a steep mountain and after lots of efforts i reached the top, where there is a lovely shelter house
and then i cycled down to Khasuri. There i found a park and after i asked the police if i can sleep there( 😛 ), i camped for the night.
The next morning i headed to Gori. I also found a big park(with wifi…) and rested. I also had a shower at a football’s team locker room!
After Gori i decided not to go from the highway, but from the countryside which is less noisy, less traffic and more beautiful. So i ended up in Akhali Nichbisi. At the market that i stopped for buying food, i asked for a camping place. After they discussed for about 10 minutes, the guy said me to follow him. He took me to a house with a big yard that nobody is living and said that i can stay there! Thanks a lot man 🙂
There i had the company of a donkey. Here is a donk-fie…
So after my donk-friendships( 😛 ), i found my way to Tbilisi. First i went to the suburb Gldani, where Madona was waiting for me(no, she is not the singer…). She is a lovely lady that hosts me with the best intentions and care. I met her daughter Sophie, who is studying in USA, through couchsurfing and she told her to host me. Thank you very much both of you, mother and daughter 🙂
After Gldani, i left for another host, so that i can be closer to the center. Her name is Nana and she is really kind with me. I stayed at her house for 6 days, until i finished everything i had to do in the city. Nana you are a very kind person 🙂
Here are some photos of the Tbilisi city.
Also i have to thank Anna, where i met her also through couchsurfing. She showed me the city, let me write these lines that you’re reading now, on her computer and generally was so generous with me. I really cannot thank you enough Anna. You Rock! 😀
Tbilisi has so many influences from a lot of cultures and civilizations, so it is a wonderfull mix that you enjoy for its diversity! You can clearly see the Soviet Union era on the buildings, the Turkish influence on mostly on the food, European architectures in the centre, Azerbaijani people all over, Arabs and more, blending all together with the landscape and the old city, creating an amazingly interesting and beautiful city! 😀