Denying yourself to speak to a stranger while on transit is a waste.
Waste of opportunity to learn new phrases from a foreign tongue, reciprocate nation’s culture and heritage exchange and unknowingly, meet someone who can drastically change your life. With the world’s security issues and circumstances nowadays, unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to be wary of one’s intentions. We all strive to maintain our safety but humanity in humans is dumbfounding complex, that I personally believe is crucial for us to decipher with success; as always, preferably proceeding with caution.
Having said that, I definitely adored the hospitality and warmth of Georgians we met on our 4-day trip. There was a retired army soldier who served in Iraq and Georgian-Russian war in 2008 who gave us Barambo (Georgian brand) chocolates, a sweet old driver who owns a vineyard, some inspiring part-time guides who are still in college, and polyglot guide who was patient enough to be my transient photographer. They have different backgrounds, like everyone else, but what’s palpable is their adoration and will to keep their rich history, culture, traditions, and values at bay.
Aside from the personalities, we extensively toured Tbilisi on our last day as well. It’s the capital and largest city, which lies in the center part of Eastern Georgia and looming hill of Narikala Fortress. Surprisingly, Old Town, which is a part of Tbilisi Historic District, is largely intact with twisting alleys and crooked houses even if it has been rebuilt for over 29 times due to historical and territorial wars.The tour was a sweet, delightful walk through an eclectic mix of Asian, Arab, and European (mainly classical Russian and Art Nouveau) architectural styles, which are blatant from its cobbled stones, narrow winding streets where picturesque pastel-colored old wooden houses are connected by open balconies, churches and monuments, doorways that lead to courtyards.
We noticed comprehensive renovations have been made in Abanotubani district, famous for its sulfur bath houses, meanwhile continuing our way to a hidden waterfall. It was the most majestic spot in the area for me, however, time was cut short due to my body’s inability to tolerate the frigid cold brought by both weather and the fall. More cobble streets, one-way metro ride, and modern Tbilisi region ensued while finding our way to some tasty shawarma before the departure.
What meant to be mainly chosen due to its logistical advantage from Dubai was the perfect decision after all. Little Tbilisi was undoubtedly charming on its own, and undoubtedly, crept its charm to my bosom as one of the most memorable.
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