Another story from late October. Again, my host dad asked me to star in a TV report about National Parks in Georgia. So Richard, another volunteer, and me were sat into one of those Lada 4×4 and driven to Mtirala, a National Park close to Batumi.
Mtirala was opened up in 2006 with the support of some Norwegian ministry and is located in the mountains east of Batumi. As far as I know it contains tourist routes, several historic sites and at least one hotel and one camping site, inviting for backpacking tours as soon as the weather is getting better.
It’s only going to take an hour they sad. After 45 awesome minutes on bumpy tracks through the wilderness we arrived at where the report was going to be shot. It was stunning, also because of the autumn-like weather.
So we went down to the river, looked at a map, gave some interviews and cracked some walnuts with a stone (first we failed, then we smashed the whole thing with too much strength before actually getting a feeling for it).
When we finished the shooting my host dad noticed that, against all promises that the whole thing is only going to take an hour, it already took us two hours, we were in the middle of no where, the video had to be cut and had to be on the 8 pm news and it was at least an hour to Batumi.
But Georgia wouldnt be Georgia if somebody wouldn’t come up with a solution. We drove high-speed over those bumpy tracks into the valley, crossed the major road going to Batumi and drove up the hill on the other side to a TV tower in which a man apparently lived all his lifes watching 4 channels on 4 screens simultaneously and from which we streamed the footage down to the Batumi TV office. Four hours after departing Batumi we finally were back in the center and a few minutes after that successfully on the 8 o’clock news.