Kazbegi, an easy day-trip from Tbilisi, was beautiful enough to earn its own blog post.
We were warned that Kazbegi is firmly entrenched along the tourist route, and after our discouraging stay in Svaneti, we were hesitant to take the bait. However, it turned out okay, and we had some great company: our new friend Kamila from Poland. Getting there was easy- upon exiting the main bus terminal we already heard taxi drivers shouting "Hazbeggy!" but the cheaper option was a mashrutka (8 Lari each, about $5 USD) to take us there. The journey lasted about three hours, including a pit-stop for snacks. The Georgian Military Highway begins in Tbilisi and stretches north through Mtskheta, past the Ananuri fortress, through increasingly panoramic scenery until it essentially terminates at a politically impassable border with Russia just after the Jvari pass (2379m). Kazbegi is the last stop, just a stone's throw from Russia, but peaceful and pleasant despite a constant flow of tourists who all seem to be either Polish, Ukrainian, or Israeli.
|Frost on the tent-flap|
|If this van's a-rockin'... don't come a-knockin'!|
|The most wonderful time of the year|
|Feeding the cows|
|Hey, where's mine?|
|Home-made khachapuri, crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside|