August 8, 2014
We walked from the hostel to the old town, passed through the main city center.
We ate at a random local restaurant. We got the delicious Kharcho soup- a traditional Georgian soup containing beef, rice, cherry plum purée and chopped English walnut. Kharshi the Georgian tripe soup to cure the hungover, salads and a pickles plate. The food were super tasty!
And of course I got to drink my favorite water in the entire world- Borjomi Mineral Water!
Picture above is a restaurant specialized in Khachapuri– a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread.
Turkmenistan embassy in Baku only opens on Monday and Friday, so we decided to stay one more night at the hostel.
With a full belly we hiked up to see the Narikala Fortress and Kartlis Deda the Mother of Georgia. She symbolizes the Georgian national character: in her left hand she holds a bowl of wine to greet those who come as friends, and in her right hand is a sword for those who come as enemies.
The hike did not take long at all and was super easy, the reward was a panoramic view of the city. We then took the cable car down to the still in construction concert hall and visit The Bridge of Peace.
Contrast to the bustling and hustling of Turkey, Tbilisi was much more chilled due to the very wide roads and infrastructures with Constructivist Architecture. In the major parts of the town we saw no stop lights but huge gigantic round about, with cars flowing in constant speed. Compared to millions of people selling stuff everywhere in Istanbul, Tbilisi was very calmed and chilled.
Beqq- Georgian Arm Wrestling Champion
At late evening we met some new local friends, Lasha and Beqq. They both worked at the hostel and we started sharing beer and stories. Super friendly folks. Lasha liked to dedicate toasts every 5 minutes and Beqq was the arm-wrestling champion. Both Kenneth and Graham lost to Beqq in less than one second!
MISSION FAILED: “DATE A EURASIAN LADY”
Graham had to find a date for our FUNraiser mission “DATE A EURASIAN LADY” so the he was on Tinder for a while.
Finally a Georgian lady agreed to meet him under the condition of both Young and I had to be there. She wanted to bring her friends as well. We agreed and set a time to meet in a Old Town restaurant.
We went and arrived a bit early, found a table and wait. After a while Graham received a message- Bummer! she flaked out on the date.
What are we gonna do? We ordered some local food with local wines. It was super hot and the table we had got no breeze so we were like sitting in a sauna eating some delicious Georgian food. Anyhow, we could not stand the heat anymore so we walked back, and fell into the bed and started snoring.