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Morning commute!

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Greetings from the Caucasus' and Georgia!  I just returned from the village of Ushguli, where my morning commute was quite different than my ordinary routine back home. No honking horns, with traffic of a very different kind - cow jams!

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Thank you to my wonderful horse "Mustang", the handsome and kind local villager Gia, and all the village dogs who accompanied me to the glacier at the foot of the majestic Mt. Shkhara, the highest point in the entire nation. Mostly via horseback, and partially on foot climbing over huge boulders and slippery stones. My feet even got to crunch some snow, despite the warm air of the day.

For the first time, I felt and heard the roar of a mini rock slide. What beauty, power and force of nature! Georgia - this country is the crossroads for me in many ways. Each time, I leave a piece of my heart and soul in the Svaneti region of the nation. If you do not visit this part of the country, I think you cannot fully understand the essence or soul of this nation. Do not be governed by fear and everyone warning you about the wild mountain men! Those who live in constant fear, do not live at all in my view! I drove all the way from Tbilisi to here with another woman, on a rugged offroad adventure.

At some point, I will write a more detailed post to describe my emotions, experiences and travels in this country for the third time this year. But for now, just a glimpse of a day where I was so happy, peaceful and content in the middle of nowhwere. :))


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Yep...the crossroads! Dear readers, I hope you are doing well! :)

Comments

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tralivalit
Oct. 24th, 2017 09:08 am (UTC)
All these drab gray stones depress me. So boring. Glad they didn't kidnap you or something. You never know what to expect from these mountain people. I respect your braveness, though. O man, it's me! I hope you know who I'm - i'm just too lazy now to relogin here.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 24th, 2017 09:31 am (UTC)
Maks_fry, or something like that. It is you, right? :)) How can you focus on drab stones, with the beautiful mountains in the background? And what about mountain people? They are stronger, more capable and in my experience, more caring and down to earth than all the city zombies roaming around with their heads in their phones.
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morreth
Oct. 24th, 2017 09:11 am (UTC)
Piece by piece, you will move to Svanrti, will you? :)
peacetraveler22
Oct. 24th, 2017 09:32 am (UTC)
Who knows? I could stay there a few weeks maybe, not sure about months though. Need some modern conveniences, and resources are quite scarce there.
botwa
Oct. 24th, 2017 10:12 am (UTC)
wooow, it looks great in autumn!
peacetraveler22
Oct. 24th, 2017 10:22 am (UTC)
I think this is the best time to visit! In the mountain regions, there are stunning colors with the leaves changing!
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mybathroom
Oct. 24th, 2017 11:04 am (UTC)
Nice to see you, Shannon!
peacetraveler22
Oct. 24th, 2017 12:53 pm (UTC)
Hello! Hope you are doing well!
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seadevil001
Oct. 24th, 2017 11:17 am (UTC)
Welcome back, traveler! Yes, mountains are beautiful and people are different in those places.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxQnOuthVRk

Be careful in the winter though.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 24th, 2017 12:55 pm (UTC)
This village of Ushguli is totally closed off in winter, so I will not be visiting it during this season. Thanks for the warm welcome back. :) I do not see the sense in writing long reports on LJ anymore, when almost no one reads long texts. So, I am mostly sharing real time travel updates on FB. You can find me there...
pin_gwin
Oct. 24th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
White people are defined as Caucasian in USA... I was surprised to find it out, I always felt that ethnically Caucasian are pretty different from most of Europeans, and at the same time there is an additional race, invented in USA -- Latin. It was confusing....
Thanks for expressive pictures!
peacetraveler22
Oct. 24th, 2017 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I find this confusing also. :) You're welcome for the pics, I have dozens and dozens more of them. Maybe I will post at another time.
creaze
Oct. 24th, 2017 01:06 pm (UTC)
Now, this is where i'm starting to get r-r-really jealous about you!

P.S. As an impermanent experience, moscows traffic jams in october are fun, but GOD FORBID you take part in a car and not like me, on bicycle!
peacetraveler22
Oct. 24th, 2017 01:08 pm (UTC)
I have been in Moscow jams in October, and I very much prefer the cow congestion in these photos. :)) There is no need for jealousy - Georgia is not far from Moscow, so come visit! I travel half way around the globe to be here.
kishechkakisa
Oct. 24th, 2017 03:10 pm (UTC)
Im in love with Geogria. I have been living in Tbilisi more than half year. And have only good memories about time there. About my friends to.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 24th, 2017 03:26 pm (UTC)
Cool! I might be coming to live in Tbilisi this winter. :) The country is really beautiful and interesting in many ways.
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elena_88888
Oct. 24th, 2017 06:41 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!
I'd like to live in such a lovely place... but... on condition of few "but" already implemented...
Civilization in one or two hour, good roads (just plain gravel road could be), utilties, tools, cozy hut and internet :))
As for the last one - sometimes you need to find answers how to seed or how to milk, for ex :)
peacetraveler22
Oct. 25th, 2017 09:18 am (UTC)
Actually, they are starting to build proper roads even in this area! Last time I traveled to this mountain region, it was mostly an offroad adventure on dirt, mountain roads. However, this time there was real asphalt and a proper road part of the way, eventually it will be all the way there. This is good and bad, in my view. It just means more and more tourists will come and spoil the authenticity and charm of this place probably.
notabler
Oct. 24th, 2017 08:20 pm (UTC)
I wish you the very best in Georgia. It's a very special country, no wonder you are so interested in
peacetraveler22
Oct. 25th, 2017 09:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am here only one more week, and then back to the USA.
rider3099
Oct. 25th, 2017 03:59 am (UTC)
Dramatic landscapes and great people, I know. Enjoy your time there!
peacetraveler22
Oct. 25th, 2017 09:18 am (UTC)
There is the most beautiful nature here than in any other place I've traveled! You must visit someday! :)
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nar_row
Oct. 30th, 2017 10:30 am (UTC)
Mountains. ) I haven't been on mountains for a few years.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 30th, 2017 12:25 pm (UTC)
How about the sea? Have you been there? :)
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leningrada
Nov. 10th, 2017 11:44 pm (UTC)
My Homeland❤️❤️❤️❤️
peacetraveler22
Nov. 11th, 2017 12:04 am (UTC)
Georgia is a really beautiful and special place for me. I never get tired of visiting. ❤️❤️
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