The Georgia Diaries ’05- Tbilisi 🍜

Hello World!

Hey, how have you all been? This is my last week in school, whoo! I’m super excited to be done with year 11, it has been one of the longest and weirdest year of my life and I’m excited to start my last year in high school. can’t wait for it to be over lmao. But speaking of things ending, I’d like to welcome you to the last blog post in the Georgia Diaries series! If you’re new here, last summer my family and I flew over to Georgia and spent 19 days there! In this blog series, I basically share my experience. This series could be quite helpful for you if you’re planning on visiting Georgia once it’s safer, and if not, you can still enjoy reading my stories and entires of each day and maybe even feel like you’re with me and my family! Sadly, this is the last post in this series. It is going to be a bit longer then my previous blogs, as this one will incude five entries and not four. (Also while I’m writing this- TAYLOR SWIFT JUST RELEASED A NEW ALBUM AND MUSIC VIDEO AHHH).

Well, this intro is long enough, so lastly before we start, I suggest that you first read the previous blogs, or at least the last one I posted, as it would be easier for you to understand. But let’s just get into it 🙂

18.07.2019, New Rooms, Eating Ice Cream At The Top Of A Canyon And Playing In The Arcade

Good morning! Today we woke up at 8:00 AM, got ready and went off to eat breakfast at the hotel’s dining room. After that, we got called to switch rooms. Apparently, the rooms we originally booked were already being used, so they just placed us in different rooms. But now the hotel’s manager asked us if we’d like to switch to the original rooms, as the guests who stayed there left. We agreed of course, and holy cow. The rooms were so big and nice! We always book two rooms- one for my parents, and one for my brother and I. The room that my brother and I got was so nice! We each had a double bed, there was a window wall, a small desk where we could sit and draw/write and a huge bathroom. It was super exciting and cool (the hotel we stayed in is called “Flower Hotel”, I would really recommend it!). After we moved our bags to the new rooms we went off to hike. We took a taxi, and drove for two hours until we arrived to the “Dashbashi” canyon. The taxi driver came with us to show us the way, as we walked down the canyon. The walk there was pretty simple, I mean we were walking downhill which is always easier, but when we almost got the the bottom, it became a bit harder as we had to climb over big rocks. At the end we saw the most beautiful lake and a breathtaking waterfall. It was really pretty and definitly worth the climbing. The way back from there wasn’t as fun, because walking uphill is always harder. We were sweating and it was really hot and sticky, but at the top of the canyon there’s a small store (there’s only one store so it wouldn’t be hard to find it) and my dad bought us all some chocolate ice cream, which is always fun lmao and cool us down a bit.

When we arrived back safely to the hotel, 2.5 hours later, I took the best shower of my life. The bathroom was so big and nice, and I had so much free space. The lighting there was super majestic and magical as well. By 5:08 PM we were all already clean, sitting inside a Thai restaurant called “Pao Tomyam”. My family and I spent over 10 months during my 8th grade in Asia, about 5 months in Thailand (a story for another time). So we really love Thai food and are quite used to it by now. We were excited when we found a local Thai restaurant, but… after sitting inside for some time we were quite disappointed. The place was so full of smoke, and through an open door to the kitchen we saw how unhygienic it was. I ordered vegetarian pad thai, which was really good, but I had to finish eating it as quickly as possible, because my family couldn’t breath inside the restaurant (my brother has asthma… I had a hard time breathing as well, but it wasn’t nearly as bad). In conclusion, the food was great, but the surrounding not so much.

After I finished my meal (there’s always that one slow eater in every family… I am the bitch named Becky lmao) we went to the mall. I went to a “Mini So” store again, probably for the 100th time during this trip, and bought a cute, light-blue water bottle and a bunch of face masks. After that my parents gave my brother and I some money, and we went off to spend it. First we went to a McCdonald’s. We bought “coca cola” for my brother, “cherry soda” for me and fries for the both of us. Once we finished drinking our drinks and eating the fries we went to the arcade which was on the top floor, and bought there a bunch of tickets in order to play. We played for a good 30 minutes or so, and together earned 73 points, which is really good! It was really fun, and knowing that we were gonna stay in Tbilisi for the next few days we kept the points in order to spend them all at the same time once we earn enough.

19.07.2019, A Water Park And The Lion King

Today we woke up at 9:00 AM. Oh, sweet life. We ate breakfast at the hotel as usual. Today, we were going to a water park! I love water parks. They’re so much fun! Yesterday, a bunch of pictures of Tom Holland and his “new girlfriend” Olivia got released, and the fandom is going crazy. I remember being so annoyed at the time, because no one had any idea what was actually going on. That’s so funny looking back at it lmao. But anyway, We took a taxi and drove to a place called “Gino Paradise Tbilisi”- the water park! When we arrived, we were given bracelets, so that we could buy stuff using then- it was pretty cool. I don’t have that many notes written down about the water park, as I was just running around having fun, but let me tell you- it was huge. It had so many water slides, which are my favorites! I went down 4 different slides, to one of them I even went twice. It also had like million different pools all around the place. It was pretty amazing. We stayed there until about 3:50 PM.

Once we started to feel tired, we took a taxi back to the area of our hotel and went to eat lunch. We again choose a Thai restaurant, but this time it was a different one. It is called “Tuk Tuk”, and it was amazing. The place was small and cute, super clean, the customer’s service was fantastic. I ordered pad thai again, which I really enjoyed. After we finished eating we went to the hotel to shower, then went out again by foot to the nearest cinema. My brother and I bought tickets to see the live action movie of “The Lion King”. It was so amazing! I didn’t cry this time lol, and I had fun singing along to all of the songs. I don’t think that my brother appreciated my singing that much though. While we were watching the movie, my parents went to the mall to buy more gifts to bring home. They bought me really cute silver earrings that I’m actually wearing right now, while writing this! When we finished watching the movie my brother and I joined them, and went alone to McCdonald’s to buy some cherry soda. My brother really got on my nerves on the way there, as he can be quite loud and goofy sometimes. A lot of people gave us “the look” while passing by, if you know what I mean, which can actually hurt a lot when you feel like you have no control over the situation. And the worst part? McCdonald’s was close so no cherry soda for us lmao. Looking back I feel really stupid and sad that that bothered me so much when today was so amazing, but hey, we grow and we learn lol.

20.07.2019, Basketball Game, Dunkin’ Donuts, Vans And Pizza

Hello and good morning! Today we woke up at 9:00 AM, which is great ’cause it wasn’t super early like we’re used to. We then got ready, locked our rooms and went to eat breakfast. In my opinion, today’s breakfast was the best one so far. We then took a taxi that drove us to the “Tbilisi Mall”, which is supposed to be the biggest mall in Tbilisi. Well, it really was quite big, it has many floors and even more stores, coffee shops and restaurant. It even had a basketball court in the middle of it! My family and I went around the stores for some time, and I even bought a super cute shirt in a place called “Jennyfer” (I’m also wearing it right now LMAO). After walking around for some time my brother and I got kinda tired, so we stayed at the bottom floor, where the basketball court was, and watched a tournament that was going on at the time. Most of the boys there were around my age, maybe a tiny bit older. It’s kinda funny because my friends and I always joke around, saying that there are so many boys at our school, but none of them are cute- well it’s because all of the really cute ones are in Georgia! loll. But yeah apart from that they were actually pretty good at playing, so I really enjoyed watching them. After some time the younger generation stopped playing, and instead there were a bunch of older men playing and we felt kinda creepy watching them, so my brother and I decided to go to the top floor (to the food zone!) and drunk some “Dunkin’ Donuts”. I got “Dunkin’s original ice coffe”, which was disgusting, and a pink donut with sprinkles (which was good).

After we were done there, we met up with my parents again. My dad and I went to a shoe store called “Factory”, and he bought me my first Vans shoes ever. I got the black and white ones, and I’m literally in love. I love them so much! Even a year later, they’re still my favorite shoes. We all later sat down in a coffee shop / restaurant called “Khachapuri Hut” and ordered pizza. After we finished eating the pizza, we went to “Bershka” and I bought one shorts for my summer camp which was coming up, one jeans shorts, and a “Toy Story” shirt lmao. Around that time we decided that it was time to go, so we took a taxi back to the hotel.

At 5:50 PM we were sitting again in the same restaurant where we ate yesterday- “Tuk Tuk”. This time, I ordered “glass noodles with vegetables and eggs”, which was so so good!! Once we finished eating we went to the mall right by the hotel again, and my brother and I played in the arcade and earned more points. I later also went back to “Mini So” and bought there some more supplies for the next school year.

21.07.2019, Wandering Down The Streets, Preparing Ourselves To Say Goodbye

Good morning! So today was actually quite short as we didn’t do as much. We woke up at around 9:20 AM and at 10:00 AM we were aready sitting down and eating breakfast at our hotel. Then we left it, and took a cab to the “Dezerter Bazaar”, or basically a market. It was full and quite gogeous. I don’t remember a lot from it, but I do remember that later on we also walked around the streets of the city. We were all in a weird vibe, knowing that tomorrow we will be flying back home, after being in Georgia for more then two weeks. We stopped at a coffee shop, and I took this really cool picture which is probably my favorite one from the whole trip:

But well After going around for some time, we finally arrived to our favorite mall, the one by our hotel. My brother and I once again played in the arcade, and earned again, more points. We then went off to eat in the same restaurant, “Tuk Tuk”, I ordered fried chicken with veggies and cashew nuts, it was really really good! After that we returned to our rooms, and stayed there for the rest of the day- we had to pack our bags, and prepare ourselves for tomorrow.

22.07.2019, The Last Day

Good morning! (for the last time 😦 ). Today we woke up at 9:20 AM, again, ate breakfast and checked out from the hotel. We could leave our luggages there, so we did, while we went off to look for last minutes gifts for our friends and family. We went to the mall, and actually used all of the points that we’ve earned in the arcade (I think we got a notebook for my brother but I can’t remember). My mum and I waited for my dad and brother while they were looking for something in another store, so we sat on a bench and I showed her the “my name is Diego..” tik tok, but sadly she had no reaction lmao. I don’t think that she actually listened to the lyrics. Either way, once we returned to the hotel we took our luggages, and ordered a taxi that would drive us to the airport. The hotel owner even came and said goodbye, and helped us with the luggages. It was really nice.

The way to the airport was really hot and sunny, so we were all sweating like crazy, so we were so relieved to finally arrive. Once we checked in we still had so time, so we waited in a “Dunkin Donuts” for one last time. During the flight, when the plane took off, I had a bit of anxiety, but after some time I let go and was fine.

After we landed everyone on the plane clapped, so the vibe was quite cheerful and happy. On the ride home I listened to some songs and podcasts, but it felt weird seeing my dad and not a taxi driver sitting in the driver seat. But the weirdest part was actually arriving and entering our house. It just didn’t feel like home. Here’s what I wrote on the actual date, right after I went into my bedroom:

Maybe it’s because I’ve been away for such a long time, but as I’m writing this I’m sitting on my bed, and feeling as if it’s someone else’s. Looking at my bookshelf, and not sensing my personal connection to it. Even seeing the vans that I got on my bedroom floor doesn’t seem right. It all feels so unreal and strange, as if I’m a stranger inside a family’s home. Guess that I’ll have to make some changes in my room to change that. It’s funny how fast humans adjust to their surroundings. I was a guest at the “Flower Hotel” in a different country for about a week, and soon enough felt like it was my home. A home that was different then the one back in my country. I’m gonna miss that.
I just realized that I’ve never used Tik Tok in my actual room, only in Georgia. Never liked the influencers that I like now outside of Georgia. Never seen Stranger Things outside of Georgia. Will it all be different now? Will I think differently of the new people that I grew to love? It all feel so strange and very far away.


Adjusting back to my old house would take some time. Especially because of the fact that I go to summer camp in two days. But it’ll happen. Eventually.

I’m gonna miss Georgia. I’m gonna miss the long car rides besides the mountains, the beautiful view, maybe even staying with my brother in the same room. Always being with my family… being disconnected from the internet when I’m not in the hotel… I’ll miss that. So much.
Thank you Georgia, for being so kind with us. For having us, for letting us make new memories inside of your territory. Thank you 🙏


Thanks for keeping up with the “Georgia Diaries”. Peace ✌️

-ocean girl

The Georgia Diaries ’04- Borjomi & Tbilisi 🍡

Hello World!

Welcome, or welcome back to another blog 🙂 How have you all been? What’s new? I just got a new plant I named Tony, and it’s the cutest haha. Also I haven’t been able to write in a while, so I’m extremely thankful for being able to do that again. I’ve also started to plan other blog posts, so I’m gonna write them as soon as I get my new phone!

But well, today’s blog is the forth blog post in the Georgia Diaries series! In case you’re new, last summer my family and I went to visit Georgia for about 19 days. In this blog series I will be sharing with you my experiences. This could be quite helpful for you if you’re planning on visiting Georgia once it’s safer, as I’m mentioning all of the restaurants, hotels and stores we’ve been to. If you’re not planning on visiting Georgia, I believe that you could still enjoy reading our experiences and stories, and maybe even feel like you’re with us! In any case, I advice that you first read the first 3 blogs in the series, or at least the last one that I published, as it would be easier to understand this blog! I’m going to continue writing from the place where I stopped last time 🙂 enjoy!

14.07.2019, A Medieval Castle, A Village Inside A Mountain And Fishing!

Good morning! Today we woke up a bit earlier then I was hoping. The hotel manager (or CEO?) told us that her cousin is actually a travel guide, and that because we’re staying at her hotel, he could show us around for a good price. So we agreed to meet up with him after breakfast. We ate at the “Cafe-Restaurant BERGI”, which if I remember currectly was actually really good, then he picked us with his car. He was actually so nice! During the ride we kinda got to know him, he was pretty young so he wasn’t the type of guy that would just talk about the history of a place without caring whether people are listening or not. After spending some time on the road, we arrived at the “Rabati” castle, which is a medieval fortress built in the 9th century. When we walked in some guy walked infront of us really fast with a camera, and took a picture of us really quickly, then walked away. I thought that it was a bit strange, but oh well. Once we were inside we realized that the place was HUGE but so so beautiful! there were so many buildings, and honestly I could totally see myself living in a place like that lol. It was really quiet, but not the awkward silence you sometimes experience in museums- it was rather peaceful and harmonius. I really liked it 🤍

After we were done walking around, we went back to the car and drove for another 40 minutes, in which I fell asleep while listening to the “Aladdin” soundtrack lol. It’s so good!! But anyway, once the car stopped my parents went for a hike together, while my brother and I decided to stay with our driver. We were kinda getting tired of all of the walking, and to be honest even though I genuinely enjoy hiking, sometimes it’s just the same view repeating itself. But our driver went fishing in a lake near where we parked the car, so we stayed with him. If you’re a true crime lover you might be thinking “oh no!”, but trust me, we really got along with him and trusted him, and it was really fine. We talked for a bit, at first he didn’t realized that we spoke English, but it ended up working out. About maybe 20 minutes later my parents returned, and we hit the road again (he didn’t caught any fish in case you were wondering lol).

We stopped again at the “Vardzia”, which is a cave monastery site, excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain. Basically, a whole village inside a mountain. It was crazy to think that someone once lived there! And not just one person- but a whole village. It was very beautiful, especially from afar, but inside the caves I felt quite claustrophobic. I don’t know what is it about caves, I guess that they’re just not my cup of tea. As soon as we were done there, we went to a “hot spring”. yack. It wasn’t even a real spring, we arrived next to a house , they let us inside a room- in the middle of it was a big poll full of hot, salty water. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was definitely not this. My dad and brother went inside for a swim, while my mum and I only put our feet in it. Our driver waited outside.

After that we were pretty much done for the day- we were tired, and hungry. During this trip we kinda figured out that the main, most known restaurants aren’t always the best ones, so my parents told the driver to take us to his favorite restaurant, and he did- he took us to a place called “My House”, which turned out to be one of the best restaurants we’ve eaten in during this trip. I ordered “rice with vegetables” and “beans in a pot”. It was so delicious! We then returned to the hotel by foot, and because it was already quite late we stayed there and didn’t go for another stroll around the city. I watched some “Stranger Things” before I went to sleep.

15.07.2020, Iced Coffee, Scrunchies And A Fairyland

Because yesterday was such a long, tiring day, today we actually had a kinda chill, relaxed one. We woke up quite late for the first time in a while, at 10 AM! It was so nice and refreshing. We got ready, and walked around the streets for a while, then sat down to eat breakfast at a place called “Inka Cafe”. It is such a nice place! I drunk iced coffee 🙂 After that we walked around for some more time, we bought some things to bring home to my grandparents. We also found a cute little shop that sold scrunchies, and I was quite the vsco girl at the time (tbh I still kinda am lol) so I bought about 8 of those, in different colors and sizes.

We continued walking around until we arrived in a park called “Borjomi Park”, and “Fairyland” (they’re kinda the same thing, but also not?? you just kinda walk through one park and there’s a pretty smooth transaction to the other). Those two parks are basically a “super-land”, but a bit more quiet and less extreme. There were a bunch of activities, Play facilities, food stands and so much more. We mostly walked around the place, not going in any direction in particular. We ate popcorn, cotton candy, hot corn, ice cream… It was really nice and cool! I feel like it was mostly meant for younger kids, so even though I enjoyed seeing everything, I felt like I was a bit old in order to do many of these activities, and I was with my family there- if I were to be with my friends we would probably just do this stuff anyway, just for fun. But apart from that I don’t really remember much of this day, if you’ve seem the third season of “Stranger Things”, then it kinda reminded me of the
festival they had there, except it was way less cool. We later went to eat in the same place as yesterday- “My House”. It was again, so great!!

16.07.2019, Returning To Tbilisi And Visiting A Huge Market

Today, unlike yesterday, we woke up quite early at 6:30 AM, Packed our bags and left the hotel for good. We walked all the way to the bus station, and once we got there we bought tickets, got onto a white minibus and drove back to Tbilisi. The way my parents planned this trip was that almost everytime we were to switch or move to a different city, we’d go through Tbilisi. We started in Tbilisi, traveled to Kazbegi, back to Tbilisi then took a train to Mestia, from there we went to Kutaisi stayed there for a few days and then traveled to Borjumi. At this point we were leaving Borjumi and going back to Tbilisi for the last time, before we’re packing our bags and flying back home. After the long drive to Tbilisi (which I remember nothing of for some reason lol), we arrived at a crowded bus station. We called an Uber that took us to the hotel we were gonna stay in. It is called- “Flower Hotel”, and it was quite fancy! The room my brother and I got was huge, and really really nice. After checking in and unpacking our bags, we left the hotel in order to get some food. The hotel was right by this very long, super pretty street full of restaurants and cafe houses. It was a bit fancier then the ones we were used to, and a bit more expensive as well. We sat down to eat at a place called “9 MTA”, which was quite expensive, but the food was so good and well done! Then we walked a bit by foot, until we found a taxi that drove us to the “Lilo Market”.

The “Lilo Market” was a huge place, with many tiny stores and stands that basically sold anything your heart desire. We walked around, simply looking at all of the beautiful and strange things. I bought myself new glasses (it’s a fashion statement ya’ll) and some keychains that are typically being sold to tourests, so I can give to my friends back home. After a few long hours that we’ve spent there, we returned back to the hotel to get some rest. At around 6:30 PM, a few hours after we returned to the hotel, we decided to go out and look for a place where we could eat dinner. However, it took us such a long time to find a restaurant that sold an affordable, good food. At 8:00 PM, an hour and a half later, we were finally sitting in a restaurant called “Samikitno”, which is right by the big “I love Tbilisi” sign (if you’ll go there, you’d know). I ordered some Greece salad, which took forever to arrive, but in their defense the place was really full. It was really good. After that we went for a last walk around the city, in which we looked for some presents to give to my grandparents back home.

17.07.2019, A Shopping Spree, Arcade And Vsco Girls!

Morning! Today we woke up at 9:00 AM, which was really nice compared to most of the other mornings. We got ready, and then ate breakfast at our hotel- the dining room was full of tables already prepared with food, with a glass wall and a glass door, and behind it was a balcony with a beautiful view of the city. The food was minimal but so great. After we finished eating, we left the hotel and took a taxi to an outlet/mall called “East Point”. There were a bunch of tourists in the mall, but most of the people in there were locals. There was a long outside hall full of shops, and I really enjoyed shopping there! I bought a cute “LA” t-shirt in a store called “Collin’s”, and a cute, short, red and white shirt at “H&M” along with a yellow and grey jacket and a scrunchie. After walking for some more time outside, in which the rest of my family also bought clothes and more (it’s cheaper in Gerogia then in Israel!), We entered the mall, and went to the upper floor. There was a cinema there, so my brother and I went to see “Toy Story 4” in 3D. It just came out around that time, and it was so SAD. But good. You should watch it.

After that I kinda had a mini breakdown. If you have a younger sibling you’d know how hard it is to be with them sometimes. Having to spend three hours in one position with my brother, especially when he’s so unorganized and I am, was really hard, and it truly got to me lol (looking back I barely even remember what we fought about but if I wrote notes about it back then then maybe it was impotant enough to mention lmao). But once the movie was over, my parents came to pick us up and we all ate at an asian restaurant. We ordered fried noodles. It was sooo good, but soo spicy! Afterwards we continued walking around the stores, and I bought a cute notebook for next year (it is my bullet journal now). We found an arcade, too, at the bottom floor, and played there for some time. I played in a motorcycle game (which is always my favorite one to play in arcades) and got first place twice! I even made it to the “top 6” in the category “best time” of all times.

When we returned back to the hotel I watched some TikToks (I downloaded the app a couple of days ago- I was on music.lly back in the day too lol), and really felt aesthetic with everything that I got today. Without even noticing I really matched the “vsco girl” aesthetic lol! Later on, at around 10 PM, we went for a stroll around and sat inside a “Dunkin Donuts”. I bought some ice cream with chocolate! After that we returned back to the hotel, and I watched TikToks for a long, long time 🙂

AND THAT’S IT FOR TODAY’S BLOG!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope that you enjoyed it! Sorry that this blog is up a day late, yesterday I was busy with studying for a big test that I took this morning! Thankfully I’m done with it now, and I only have one more test before I’m done for this school year! If you’d like to reach out, you could find me on instagram @oceangirl.blog I’d love to talk with you. At the moment I’m not very active there, but I will be as soon as I get my camera fixed. You could also talk to me through the comments!

Stay safe, put your mask on and practice social distancing!!

Toodles! 🧜‍♀️

-ocean girl

The Georgia Diaries ’03- Mestia, Kutaisi And Borjomi☔

Hello world!!

How have you all been? How’s life? I’ve been facing a very stressful time, because of all of my finals! I have to study everything by myself, and I can’t leave the house, so it can be a lot to take sometimes. I also have been dealing the military, as I’m planning on joining once I’m done with school. But apart from that, I finally managed my time, so I’m able to post once a week, every Sunday! I really enjoy blogging so I’m starting to really get into it.

So as you already know, This is the third part of the Georgia Diaries! If you’re new, over the last summer my family and I visited in Georgia for 19 days! We’ve been to many amazing places, and in the Georgia Diaries, which is a blog series that I’ve created, I basically share all about our trip! these blogs could be quite helpful to you if you’re planning on going to Georgia once the pandemic is over, as I include all of the names of the places we stayed in, the restaurants we ate in and so on! If not, I hope that you’d still enjoy the stories and the pictures, as I’ll also be sharing my experiences and feelings througout the blogs! 🙂 let’s start, shall we?

10.07.2019, A Trip To Chalaadi Glacier And Kala

Good morning! Todat we woke up at 7:20 or so in Mestia, and got ready. We ate breakfast at our hotel- our hosts made us a full table, with many great dishes on it. They even added peaches, which I love. Then we walked to the “center” of Mestia, were we found a driver that would take us for a trip around. We had to have at least 6 people before we could leave, and we were only 4, so we found a couple from Germany that wanted to hike as well, so they decided to join us. They reminded me of my friends from Germany, that I met last year. We talked quite a lot on the way there, and really got to know them. They were so nice and cool! My mum talked a lot about Israel, it was really funny. Finally, after a long ride, we arrived at the “Chalaadi Glacier”, which was so beautiful. We walked on a beautiful trail, sarrounded by trees, a river.. We saw many butterflies and flowers. At the end of the track we saw a huge iceberg, and we were able to go around it for a bit, and touch it. It was so cool, and so unusual. Once we took many pictures and felt like we were getting tired, we decided to head back to the car. The couple that came with us stayed throughout the whole track, and I kinda got used to having them with us- they were really funny and had so much to add to the conversation. Once we returned to the car, we separated- the driver drove my family and I to “Kala”, while the German couple decided to walk there by foot. “Kala” is a place between and on the mountains, which includesb 8 old villages. I found it so magical and creepy at the same time- the buildings were so pretty, but were also old and held a ton of weird energy. We walked around, enjoying the view. It was so quiet. After walking for some time, we found a local restaurant, where we decided to sit down at and eat. Sadly the place doesn’t have a name, or it least they don’t display the name in a visible place, but I will add pictures of the place. The food was homemade, and so good! The German couple saw us, and joined later on, they drunk beer though, while we ate cheese and a salad hahaha. After we were finished, we walked around the villages again, then stopped and bough some “snickers” chocolate bar and water. At this point it was quite late, so we returned to the car, that took us back to the city. On the way back everyone in the car were quiet, so I listened to some cool music (insert summer 2019 tiktok playlist haha!).

Once we arrived at the “center” of Mestia again, we said goodbye to the German couple that we met, and returned to our hotel, took a shower and rested. Later that evening we went to the same restaurant as yesterday, “Sun-Seti”, and ate dinner. when we finished our food it was really late, so we returned to our hotel again and prepared our selves to sleep after the long day.

11.07.2019, A Ski Lift , Ridiculous Cab Driver And A Confusing Minibus

Today we woke up at 8:15 AM, and ate breakfast at our hotel again, for the last time- today is our last day in Mestia. Mestia has a pretty good area for skiing in the winter, but since we’re in July, we decided to go there and simply ride the ski lift. It was close to the hotel, so we walked there. A cute dog followed us. We finally got on the ski lift, and the view was amazing. you could see Mestia in front of you, while there’s a forest underneath you. I always loved the idea of flying, and have always enjoyed crazy roller coaster rides (you should read the GD ’02 for more information on a roller coaster ride that we’ve been on) so I really enjoyed this ski lift. The wind wasn’t too strong, and other people that were also taking the ski lift waved at us while we passed them. We reached the end, then returned back right away. Once we arrived at the starting point, we walked back to the hotel (the dog followed us back again, but left in the middle of the way).

Once we arrived at our hotel we took our bags, and went to look for a taxi driver. We found this guy that… was… well, hear me out. At first sight he seemed like a nice, responsible person, which is why we decided to go with him- he would drive us to a bus station, that was very far away from Mestia- a few hours drive. And really, like we thought, the first maybe 40 minutes were fine- he was nice, he talked a lot, and was funny. But once those 40 minutes passed he started to drift away, almost fell asleep twice. My dad tried to talk to him and keep him awake. He stopped the car on the side of the road and went to find a river to wash his face in. About an half an hour later he also stopped at a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, and told us that he was getting some energy (I can’t remember if he wanted to sleep or eat). After that my dad offered to drive instead of him, as he again almost fell asleep a bunch of times and it was getting dangerous. My dad then drived for the next maybe hour and a half while our driver was sitting in the seat next to him, sleeping. After he woke up, he switched places with my dad and drove for another hour. At that point we were pretty much in the city, so he stopped next to a random house which he told us was his, and left us in the cab while he was going inside to change his shirt. My mum and dad were so confused and tired at that point, that all they could do was laugh. As soon as he came back, wearing a new shirt, we want on our way again. About maybe 20 very long minutes later we arrived at the bus station, and the driver calmly turned to my dad, and asked him to take his phone number, and share it with our friends, or on facebook. My dad was shocked, but he was nice so he just took it and laughed.

After getting off the cab, we got on a small white minibus, that was supposed to take us to Kutaisi, which is another village in Georgia. At first, the ride was fine, I had a lot of space, very normal. But then it got really weird, as people kept on coming inside the minibus until there were about 9-10 people standing inside, not counting the ones that were sitting! I felt very uncomfortable and anxious, as I felt like I barely had any place to breathe. I was sitting down, so I had a million thoughts running through my mind- “should I get up? should I let someone else sit instead of me?” I wasn’t sure, as I knew that there were 2 hours of being inside there ahead of us. I also felt super uncomfortable with so many people touching me, and there was barely any room for getting up. At some point an old man came, could be someone’s grandpa, and after a few minutes of arguing with myself I decided to get up and signaled him to sit instead of me. He refused and said that he was just getting off. I felt very stupid, as I was both standing and taking up space, and saving a seat, so I also asked the woman standing infront of me if she would like to sit. But, she said that she was just getting off too. Everyone were looking at me. Embarrassed, I sat back again in my seat, put on my headphones and listened to some podcasts while looking out the window.

When we finally arrived to Kutaisi, we ate some food at McCdonald’s, and took another taxi to our hotel, which we booked online. The hotel that we booked is called “Family Hotel”, and it really was awesome. We booked two rooms, as always- one for my brother and I, and one for our parents. Our room had a small balcony, unlike our parents’ (moahahah) and two tables. Pretty awesome!

After that we went to look around, wandered on the streets, and sat down to eat in a very disappointing and quite disgusting place, which I don’t remember it’s name (and thank god for that lol). Then we returned to our room, as it was already very late, and I watched some more “Stranger Things”. I finished season one!!

12.07.2019, A Stalactite Cave, A Local Market And A Small Mall!

Today we woke up at 8:15 AM, and ate breakfast at the hotel. We had a full table already set for us, with many cool and tasty dishes on it. After that we took a taxi to a stalactite cave. We were put in a group of people, that were all Israelis tourists! They all talked in Hebrew, which we understand, and it was simply hilarious. One of them complained that it rained on them, so their friend replied “It’ll be over by the time you get married”. They were both in their 70’s lmao. Inside the cave we had to walk for about 45 minutes, and it kinda felt like being stuck in IKEA. Usually I don’t like being inside caves, I’m very stressed about it, but it wasn’t so bad- it was very beautiful, and the older poeple talking in the background made the whole thing so much better.

After that, we went to a local market. Like I said in a previous blog, I don’t really enjoy these markets, but my dad gave my brother and I 20 GEL each (so that we wouldn’t bug him) so I was mostly focused on looking for something to buy rather then on what’s going on around me. I ended up buying some local chocolate. We then left the market and walked around on the streets when it started to rain. A lot. We entered a small shop in order to stay dry. The lady in charge was really nice and understood why we came in. I felt bad going inside a dry clean shop with dirty shoes, simply so I can stay dry, so I bought there a lipstick. I mean.. I was planning on getting a new one at some point anyway.

We then went went to a small mall called “Karvasla”. I bought there some “Avengers” stickers, and my dad ordered some glasses, which we were planning on taking the next day. We went to eat in a restaurant called “Kalakuri”. I ordered “Fried Trout on a Ceramic Pan” lol. It was great. Then, we went back to the hotel. I watched some YouTube, finished watching some vlogs and also watched again “Stranger Things”, and that’s it for today 🙂

13.07.2019, A Canyon And A Real Life, “80’s Style” Hawkins

Today we woke up, ate breakfast at out hotel, took our bags and left it. We met a minibus driver that agreed to be our driver for the day (in exchange for some coins of course). He drove us to the “Okatse Canyon”. We had to walk about 4.5 kilometers in order to get there. The way there was beautiful though, full of trees, flowers and we even saw a few pigs. Once we got to the actual canyon we walked on a very long bridge above it. My mum is very afraid of hights, so I felt really bad for her, she really freaked out and it was hella strange seeing her like that. After we got back to the minibus, we drove back to Kutaisi. Yesterday my dad bought himself new glasses, so today we came back to pick them up. After that, we ate lunch in the same place in which we ate yesterday- “Kalakuri”.

After that our driver picked us up again, and we left Kutaisi for good (tam, tam, tam!). He drove us for about three hours until we arrived to “Borjomi”. Our hotel, “Check In Borjomi” was eh. It wasn’t so bad after we got used to it, but at first it came off as a bad surprise.

After arriving saftly at home, I can tell you for sure that apart from Tbilisi, Borjomi was my favorite place in Georgia. The moment we started to walk on the streets, I fell in love. Imagine this- a small village from the 80’s, with small yet wide streets full of old arcade games, popcorn machines, jewelry stores, and what not. All of the people walking on the sidewalk were so beautiful and unique- most of them were teens, dressed like they were from the eighteis too! Remember, I was watching “Stranger Things” at the time, so for me it felt like the show came to life, and I was inside of it. Borjomi is not a big village, so if you’re looking for a trip that’s LA/ New York style, then this isn’t the place for you. But we went there to feel and see their culture, and this was definitely it.

I didn’t write a lot down on the 13.7, but Borjomi definitely was one of my favorite places.

BUT THAT’S IT FOR NOW.

I really hope that you enjoyed this third blog in the “Georgia Diaries” series! I had so much fun writing it and remembering all of the memories again. If you’d like, you could check out my other two blogs in the series, or other blogs in general. My back camera still isn’t working, so I’ll be writing the Georgia Diaries blogs until I can fix it, because I can’t really make new content without my camera! If you’d like to talk to me, pleasee leave a comment below, or dm me on instagram- @oceangirl.blog I’d love to speak with you! Please take care of yourself!

Toodles! 🌈

-oceangirl