A entry 1,5month late
Ok, I realize I have been bad in updating this blog. Once I now opened the blog I found this unfinished draft from my first days in Georgia. Since then I have been to Egypt and back to Baku, so I believe its about time to start typing again... Here is the anyway
Beginning of August 2013....
Exploring a new city is always an enjoyable experience and over the past few days.
Our hostel is quite unique and quirky; firstly its quite difficult to find as there are no other markings than the name spray-painted on the edge of the building (in no way explaining how to get in). The hostel is right above a community college with a dentist office, but the basement, and forth floor is abandoned leaving many interesting places to explore, as most of the building is not in use the facilities are "rustic". For example the elevator needs a kick (literally) to start and you have to press 5 to get to the 3rd floor where we live.
The city also has its unique spots to be discovered for example on one of the old bridges and the surrounding park there is a antique (and everything else) market, so if you are looking for an old USSR passport, family pictures of a Georgian family from 1905, a chandler, a DVD or a swiss knife, this is where you will find it. We spend a good hour walking around without buying anything but I will definitely go back to the market to get some unique souvenir. Nearby there is also a park with some artworks, varying quality of the paintings, but it has a really nice atmosphere.
I even found a Norwegian childrens' book "Karius og Baktus" translated to Georgian, I had a laugh and warm feelings when I could recognize the exact same drawings as back home. and I can almost understand what the pages said, memories from my childhood.
Other than that I have also explored the city surroundings, visiting the sights such as the park overlooking the city, seeing Mother Georgia (a gigantic statue overlooking Tbilisi), some churches. I also managed to get out of the city to Ananuri, a picturesque church by a lake. We managed to have a picnic at the beach before a massive thunder storm caught us and we spent one hour huddled under the umbrella of a nearby cafe.
Georgia is really different from Azerbaijan. It has a more "eastern European" feel to it than Baku. Fresh air, rain, more... rustic feel to the country, while in Baku they put facades on the old buildings, here they let abandoned or old buildings stand with their own unique quirks. Being in Georgia gave me some distance and chance to reflect on my journey so far, the cultural differences I have gotten used to in Azerbaijan became more apparent.
In total I spent over two weeks in Georgia, and exactly one month out of the country. After all this time away I'm happy to finally be back in my sunny Baku with my team, members and friends.