Destinations: Batumi, Kutaisi, Prometheus Cave (for Team Ninja: Trabzon, Sivas and Cappadocia)
Distance travelled: 1409 km
Recipes collected: 0 (none 😥 )
Doro came beginning this week, but Jina and Nina left. The two of them hitch-hiked to Turkey and started their long journey towards Istanbul. Their first stop was Trabzon, still by the black sea, not too far from the Turkish border. Then they made their way towards the center of the country, to Sivas and Cappadocia.
In Cappadocia, Team Ninja went to see the rise of the hot air balloons at 7 am in the morning. It was a beautiful sight to see the 100 balloons, flying with the sunrise over rainbow gelato rock formations. The two spend the rest of the day exploring the area and visiting the small towns Göreme, Avanos and Ortahisar. They even found a ride to Derinkuyu, a large underground city.
Well, while Nina and Jina had fun exploring Turkey; IA, Yannic and Doro waited for their Iranian visa, and waited, and waited. The first few days we spend time working on the project, getting Doro started and assigning some work to her. It was raining the whole time anyway, so we didn’t mind staying in the book café all day. We also went to a restaurant opening, a beautiful place with a terrasse and garden. The food was amazing!!! And there was free wine 😆 We set around their bonfire all evening and listen to life music with Heracles.
By the end of the week, we took our own little trip though. The three of us planned on hitch-hiking to Svaneti Nationalpark, a part of the Caucasus Mountains in the northern region of the country. On the first day, we made it to Poti and camped on the beach.
We camped in an abandoned (at least for the winter), but luxurious beach bar, with light and power outlets.
The next day, we planned on getting as far into the mountain region as possible, but due to IA getting sick, went to Kutaisi instead. We met our Couchsurfing host in a restaurant where he was having a feast with his friends. One of them was being a dickhead, insulting Ia. We left and got a hostel room instead. On the third day of the trip, the group went to Prometheus Cave, the biggest cave in Georgia.
It was a quite beautiful sight, but a bit too touristy. They made a whole show cave out of it with coloured lights and gospel music. It had lost a lot of is natural beauty and all wild life was gone. We appreciated it anyway, and stayed next to the visitor center for another night of camping. It was freezing cold, but we managed to get a huge fire started and made ourselves some noodles and tea. A lovely little black dog kept us company and we cured his cough by giving him lots of love, some warmth and a little bread.
We never made it to Svaneti that weekend, but it was good anyway. We had a perfect ride back to Batumi and went home. Home to our amazing host and friend Heracles!