Well, so much for getting up and going to the sulpher baths this morning! I slept in!! LoL!!
Anyway…..it seems the tour guide who picked me up yesterday at the airport is my private tour guide! A cute 25 year old Georgian from Tbilisi! I didn’t realize my tours would be just me and this young guy!! I imagined myself on a tour bus each day filled with people! Nope, it is me and Dachi, driving around in his car, a Volkswagen Passat to explore the country!
Dachi picked me up at my hotel at 10:00am this morning…and we were off on a 2 hour drive to the Gudauri Ski Resort!
He told me that today is an important day, January 2nd, because how you spend the day will reflect how your 2019 year will be! How could our day not be good…we were going skiing!! Mind you, it was my first time skiing in over 20 years….and I had only ever skied twice back then!
He also explained that Georgia was once part of the Soviet Union and in 1991 became its own independent country. That since the Russian-Georgian war in 2008, in certain states in Georgia, Russia is still pushing into Georgian boundaries.
Dachi also corrected me:
The area I discovered yesterday – where the sulpher baths are – is not the main hub of Tbilisi! That area is one location popular with tourists!
The Papakha sheepskin hat I bought IS NOT the traditional Georgian hat….it is the traditional hat of the mountain people of this region….!!!!
Okay…..so we were off….
We drove on a main road, known by locals as the “Silk Road”, because it is the main route used by transport trucks to deliver goods into Russia via Georgia from Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.
The road was busy this day with Russians driving to the ski resort!
Truck from Kazakhstan!
I can’t remember what this is….I’m thinking a church and maybe Dachi said it was one of our tour destination….
We stopped at the Jinvali Water Reserve look out spot with the Greater Caucasus Mountains in the background!
It was Papakha Hat time!!
There were stray dogs walking about…and puppies!!!
Not all trucks are allowed to keep driving along the Silk Road to Russia during snow – because they clog up traffic and the icy, dangerous road conditions over the mountains….so they have to wait and be given permission to carry on….
Next stop…..Gudauri Ski Resort!