Monthly Archives: July 2012

Georgia Gay along the way

I left London, and Paris a bit more than a month ago, and I’m travelling east.
I knew that progressively things would become more and more difficult, slowly walking my way out of my comfort zone: culture, language, habits, diet, growing importance of religion(s), random hygiene and cleanliness in some places, reliability of transports, road signs… and degrading gay rights. Continue reading

Georgia Randonnée de la petite cascade à Lagodekhi, GE

Petite balade gentille, mais qui a bien fini de m’achevé.

Je n’ai tracé sur la carte que le chemin retour, ca permet de se faire une idée.

Georgia Crossing the Georgia-Azerbaijan border at Lagodekhi

There is a 4km walk or taxi ride from the town of Lagodekhi to the border. On the Georgian side, there are shops with drinks and food, and you change change money easily.

This passage is not very busy, and crossing on foot was rather fast. But on the Azerbaijan side, there is NOTHING! Absolute desert! No shop, no currency exchange There is a mashrutka though that will take you to Qax if you have money!

I had to let the mashrutka go as it was already crammed with people. After a short wait I got a ridiculous offer from a private driver to take me to Zakatalan for AZN 20 (=EUR 20), which I obviously tried to negociate to AZN 10, but he refused.

Eventually I turned to taxis which were coming and going from time to time regurlarly, and offered AZN 10 for the ride to Zakatalan. It was accepted too quickly, and I cursed myself for being such a bad bargainer… Nevertheless, I really needed to get to the city to exchange or draw money, so this was a comfortable option. Here I went in one of those magical Lada 2107…

 

Georgia Arrivée à Lagodekhi

Dernière étape gérogienne, petite ville avec du caractère, aux pieds des montagnes.

Le parc naturel présente des balades intéressantes, dont un lac qui fait la frontière avec la Russie à 3000m d’altitude. Les amis israéliens que j’avais croisé à Ushguli, puis à Tbilisi m’ont dit le soir même ne pas avoir pu trouvé le lac car le chemin de rando s’évanouis dans la nature, sans marquage… grosse déception pour eux, moi je me suis contenté d’une petite balade vers une cascadounette qui déchire pas sa race, mais qui m’a bien achevé… s’en est suivi une nuit de quasiment 12 heures!

Le parcours de la balade se trouve ici.