Back in the capital I spent my last few days doing wandering the streets and filing myself with bread, cheese, and coffee all day long. There are open air markets everywhere selling antiques, flowers, food, and if course tourist trinkets.
One of the more interesting places is the Dry Bridge Market. Halfart walk and half antique market, people spread out all sorts of goods out on the sidewalks. You can buy Solviet military knives, crystal stemware, antique vessels, records, military medals, jewlery, car speakers, and paintings. Some people are selling their family treasures and others are just selling but it's a wonderful place to wander for an afternoon.
I wanted to go to the museum of Georgia mostly to learn more
After the museum it seemed fitting to go to church. The churches here are very casual in some ways. People walk in and out constantly regardless of if there is a service on session. Georgians were taking photos (so I snuck one in too) letting their phones ring, and walking back and forth to pray and light candles at the various paintings on the walls.
I fortified myself with potato stuffed bread, this is not a place to visit if you are lactose or gluten intolerant, and onward to Vake park. A huge green space West of the city. The formal promenade leads to a giant statue and off the sides are little exercise parks, tennis courts, or running paths. The park was full of children and the first runners I've seen since being in Georgia. Walking up three hill I came to turtle lake, had a coffee, listened to the old men play backgammon, and headed back down.
In the last 15 years Georgia has become a tourist destination and made huge efforts to clean up it's neighborhood. The crime rates is extremely low and while some of the graffiti is fairly odd "My pants make you wet yourself," some is very artistic.
I am so impressed with Georgia. I though one month would be
My bike is packed, my laundry is washed or given away. My last challenge is to avoid the creepy guy at the hostel who keeps telling me I need to learn English because if I go to England I won't be able to understand anyone, and wants to talk about the feelings of love. He always seems to be waiting at the table, beer in hand for when I walk through the door.
Home is sounding like the right places to head towards!
PS- The total cost of my trip (excluding airfare) was $508.00