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All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go

Three hours until we get on the plane home (via a 1 hour stop in Baku and a 1 night stop in Doha). Couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been counting the days, which seem to go by extra slow now.

Tbilisi’s pretty cool, though we didn’t do much, just lazed around the comfortable verandah of the Skadaveli Guest House, chatting with the owner and other guests and making pot after pot of deliciously creamy Turkish coffee (for some reason, it’s much easier to find Turkish coffee in Georgia than in Turkey; people in Turkey seem to only drink tea). Hung out with a couple from Belarus for a bit last night. They were surprised that we knew the name of the capital of Belarus. We were even more surprised that they could describe the Malaysian flag in detail.

The Skadaveli guest house verandah on the top left, in a typical Georgian courtyard. The building was built by a Jewish family in 1860, converted to apartments during the Soviet rule, then later bought over by the current owners who used it as an office before the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict.

Quite a few traditional Georgian buildings, with their typical wooden verandahs still survive. Huge restoration works are ongoing in various parts of the old town

Modernisation has come to town too. Like this new pedestrian bridge and the gigantic Holy Trinity Cathedral (in the background on the left)

Top three observations on Tbilisi:

1. There are a lot of cheap delicious fruits (tiny pears, peaches, cherries, etc.)

2. It’s so difficult to find a Coke here (it’s Pepsi country)

3. There are a many of cool statues (photos of some of them below)

Ever seen a statue of a guy with his hand in his pocket?

Ever seen a statue of two guys holding hands?

Our favourite, the statue of Kartlis Deda (Mother Georgia) who towers over the city

She seems to be everywhere

One huge aluminium mama. With a sword in one hand and a cup of wine in the other. Drunken master, anyone?

It’s easy to tell that we’re ready to go home. Yesterday, we took the cable car up to the hill where the huge Narikala fortress stands. We walked around a bit, and then took the cable car back down. Only on the way down did we realise that we had forgotten to go into the fortress. We were probably thinking of what to eat back home.

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