You can see the upper Caucasus from the lower Caucasus

So we had St. Giorgi’s Day off last semester and I used that day to finally climb that one hill, that from the first day in Batumi was one of the destinations I wanted to go to: Sameba. That nice hill with the nice Church that I can see everyday on my way to school and from the windows of my school building (except it is foggy [so every other day {that is an exaggeration <yes, I stole this brackets system from Raughley>}])

I joined my friend Nikolaj from Poland who has already been there and who – due to proficiency in Russian and general willingness to get into chats with foreigners – knew a few things about it. He had also checked out this cemetery near my school before and advised me to go there. How different cemeteries here are!

A Georgian Cemetery, north Batumi.

Georgian Cemetery

It is STUFFED with graves and there is very little space to walk through the cemetery. We crossed the hill the cemetery was on and also noticed many unmaintained graves on the back side of it.

Also, we saw the work of a genius, an exceptional electrician talent.

Safety first!

This is like a 2 year old kid drawing a spider web.

After that, we started climbing the hill, chatting with a nice mandarin grower, who allowed us to directly hike through his mandarin yard and eat as many mandarins as we wanted. Which eventually turned out to replace any lunch-like meal that day.

We took a small side way to the top, approaching the whole thing from the back, finding some old bunker buildings and ruins and finally reaching the church – which unfortunately was under construction. It was an awesome mid November day though and as the photos will tell you more then 1000 words, see yourself!

Oh, and by the way: From up there in the background you can see the Upper Caucasus mountain peaks, located in Svaneti and Abkhazia, around 100 km away! What an amazing day it was!

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About Paul

Hey, my name is Paul and I will be going to Georgia for one year to assist English language teachers in public schools through the "Teach and Learn with Georgia" program.
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