I have been playing around with a few time lapse apps, so I thought I would do something different this week. Instead of providing something to read that will make you laugh at me (yes, I am talking about you Uncle Everett & Aunt Linda), I decided to show you a little bit of the area where I live. So I have created time lapse videos of the drive to and from my language teacher’s home, as well as the drive to and from my language helper’s house out in the village of Kvareli. Unfortunately it has been a bit hazy lately so you can’t see much of the Caucasus Mountains, but they should still give you a good idea of this gorgeous country. It will take you less than 3 minutes to watch both video’s, so I hope you take a moment to do so.
There are a few things you should know about driving in the Republic of Georgia:
- Speed is relative…most roads outside of the capital don’t even have speed limits posted.
- Lanes are relative. Literally. They are not marked well on most roads (if the roads are even paved so that they can be marked) and even when they are, no one pays attention to them. They will go where they need to go to get around someone slower.
- Most roads – all except the major roads in and out of towns – are not paved, unless you count cobblestones as old as time as pavement. So it tends to be a bumpy ride in most places.
- Emergency vehicles operate differently. Their lights are flashing at all times – unless there is a real emergency. When the lights go off, you know to get out of the way! And you don’t know a cop is pulling you over until they get on the bullhorn & yell at you. A cop pulling up behind you with flashing lights literally means nothing.
- There are signs with the town name on it as you go into & out of each village. But as you leave, the sign will have a red slash thru the town name. This literally means you have left that place.
And now for the video to Kvareli (pronounced kwa-re-ly). This village is about a 35 minute drive thru a number of other villages, past lots of vineyards and farmland. I also get to drive past beautiful Gremi – the historic Orthodox church/castle that you will see in the video very briefly.
What I really cannot wait to show you is the drive from Tbilisi out into my good old Telavi. Such a great drive…too many amazing views to not share it. I will have to record that drive the next time I go.