Planning a trip to the seaside is a very pleasant process. Though, if you decide to come to a new country, you really need a piece of advice. How to make your trip pleasant and stress free, how to possibly avoid tourist traps and see real Georgia? I will try to help you.
A couple of years ago I was lucky to discover for me Aragvi Adventure Center in Georgia. A lovely small territory is maintained according to the best “Western” principles: in clean, eco-friendly, sustainably maintained (no wonder: Soso, the founder, has spent more than 10 years in Germany and learned there how one should make a real tourism product). For the first time I went there for rafting, and it was pretty fun. River called Pshavis Aragvi can become your good friend, if you do not panic and control yourself. It can show its character (or you can also navigate your boat
Couple of years ago BBC hast listed the roads of Tusheti among the most dangerous and hence the most fascinating ones. This triggered the interest of both international and domestic travelers to this remote mountainous region, which is now inhabited in basically in summertime only. Just several families stay for winter in Kvemo Omalo, and 1 or 2 people spend 7 months of cold in Dartlo and Shenako. The rest is involved in shepherding or maintains guesthouses from June till late September. Then the snow falls and the road is closed.
For the second time I return from Kazakhstan full of thoughts, which are hardly transferable to a text. The country is definitely unusual. Huge. Different. I haven’t seen too much, but on the other hand, how many of you have been to Kazakhstan at all? So I will share my ideas, and who knows – maybe you’ll get inspired for a visit!
Winter is coming! No kidding, it is really approaching. One of the most important things you should know about winter in our country is the fact that it boasts with great mountain resorts, where you can practice skiing and snowboarding, relax, get rid of stress and feel adrenaline rush, enjoy the snow and the sun, breathe fresh air, drink mulled wine – and all this at very reasonable prices. However, even the craziest fan of winter sports wants to take a break. That’s why I want you to know what else you could do next to the Georgian white resorts.
Harvest time is a really special time in Georgia: grapes, viticulture and winemaking are essential for the local culture. You won’t be wrong, if you call wine the blood of the Georgian folk. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce it, and harvest symbolizes the transition from hard work to idle mode, as future wine is fermenting under the ground in qvevris, huge clay pots. I’ve been dreaming about Rtveli (harvest) since I came here for the first time, but it didn’t work out somehow. Now it was a perfect chance to experience it myself after years of waiting.
One of those resorts, which are not very known outside of Georgia, Abastumani is a place, where the Georgians come to heal the lungs diseases: its climate fights even tuberculosis pretty well. I went there in the end of August 2015, and I can highly recommend it as a place for a small retreat.
So called Indian summer is a great time for scheduling your wedding or honeymoon. Want to start your official family life in an unforgettable way, experience bright sweet emotional moments together and not to travel the world and the seven seas? Georgia is your best option then. Not just because you can register your marriage 24/7 in so called city of love, Sighnaghi. Love lives in every corner of Georgia, if you look carefully. And you can find a corner for yourself!Photo: Anna Dobrokvalova, Tbilisi Portraits
What I love about my research for WHY GEORGIA, is that I’m constantly getting pumped with inspiration. Meeting people I can learn things from, discovering things I wouldn’t believe existed. Let’s say, there is a place which is growing to a real cultural hub of Eastern Georgia, not being a fortress from XI century or an important religious object. It is located in Udabno, a village which sprang up after the experimental relocating of several Svan families from their remote green mountainous villages to this dry fruitless area, in order to create kind of a defensing point against possible threat from Azeri side.
As the whole country started blooming heavily, it became impossible for me to remain at home on weekends. In case you are in Georgia or want to come see it, I can give you some ideas, where to go.