During the weekends I leave the city

Yes, when time allows, I head for the country side. In this pressing summer heat, the mountains provide me with the fresh air that I so long for.

A couple of weekends ago I escaped to the remote Tusheti region. An absolutely amazing journey. Although only 200 km from Tbilisi, the journey lasts the whole day given the narrow, winding roads up over a ridge at almost 3000 meters above sea level. An incredible journey.

On this occassion I travelled alone, but I find it’s really easy to find company along the ride. On the way there I stopped by the men working on the road – clearing it from snow, ice, rocks etc.

They treated me to a simple meal and of course drinks. In politeness I raised my glasses with them, said a couple of toasts (after asking permission to the toastmaster, I’m starting to learn the ways..) but did not drink, not while behind the wheel. I picked up about 20 hitchhikers as well, most of them locals.

Tusheti is completely isolated for 8 months each year. The largest village Omalo is populated by less than a dozen people throughout the winter. Imagine that! They are mainly reliant on the produce they harvest now. But get this – in Dartlo, where I stayed one night – only one man stays for the winter now adays (!!). Along with his 17 cows, 5 chickens and 2 cats. Its only 10 km to Omalo from there but impossible to reach through the deep snow.. I met a guy who grew up in this place in Soviet times. Back then there was a school for the five village children.

The night I spent there was incredible. Amazing starlit sky, perfectly calm, perfectly cool, perfectly peaceful.

The following evening I got a terrible fever and stomach aches. I became so weak that I didn’t even have the strength to ask my host for tea and water. Fortunately they knocked on my door before going to sleep and provided me with some wild mint tea. After that I slept quite well while mad fever dreams occupied my mind.

Although I was a little bit unlucky with the stomache aches on this trip, the following day I managed to return home with lasting memories of a fascinating place. Yes, spending time in the country side is recharging, it gives me energy. I love it.

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About wangaa

A couple of years ago some people I know unanimously said that “Aron, he’s a seeker.” At the time that was undoubtedly true, but since then I think that aspect of me has subsided somewhat. I’ve taken some time off and explored the world within and without, and through the support of beautiful teachers, friends, family, books and practice I found more clarity in life. So grateful for this journey! Perhaps this blogg will serve as inspiration or reflection for a reader, perhaps someone simply is interested in what I'm up to. But it is also very much for myself. For I am searching in waters which are not known to me, and should I sail astray, hopefully this blogg can track me back to safer waters.
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5 Responses to During the weekends I leave the city

  1. anorwen says:

    It’s awesome that such places still exist on Earth. I enjoyed reading your story thoroughly, and I really hope I can visit this place one day.

    • wangaa says:

      Thanks! Yes, one of the most fascinating peaceful places I’ve been to. I see you also like to travel, so I can definately recomend the Caucasus, the region has a lot to offer!

      • anorwen says:

        Thank you 🙂 Caucasus has long been on my list, since I’m already somewhat familiar (and very fascinated) with the area – I’ve got some family there, although on the Russian side.

  2. Stefano says:

    Hi! I’ve been to mountains in Georgia this summer, and I’l like to go back in wintertime.
    Have you been to Omalo in winter?
    If so,how did you get there?
    Otherwise,you know whom i could ask about reaching it in winter?
    Thanks a lot in advance.
    And hip hip hurra to Georgia!

    • wangaa says:

      Hi Stefano,

      Where did you go in Georgia? There are so many beautiful places here.

      It’s gonna be difficult for you to visit Omalo in the winter. The roads will be completely closed from around november until june-july. Closed as in no access by foot, horse or car. I know they get food delivery by helicopter on rare occassions, but I doubt they take passengers. So the only option would be to rent your own heli… (Unless you go there now, and then stay for 8 months until the roads open again… Shatili is also not accessible in the winter but a good alternative would be Mestia. Or Tabatskuri – another amazing place, not known by most. When are you coming back?
      Ciao!

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