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…

 

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