|Just an example of beauty :)|
After two weeks of spending time in Samtredia, Melissa, Michelle and I decided it was time for a change of scenery! As much as we adore our quaint little town (emphasis on the word little) traveling on the weekends is a wonderful getaway time for us; which is exactly what this weekend was. On Friday afternoon, we hopped on a Marshutka and headed to Borjomi, a town known for it's mineral water springs. Apparently, this water is extremely good for you and has healing powers, so we of course, wanted to experience it for ourselves. After arriving in town, we did what we do best, we found a restaurant and divulged our hungry bodies in some delicious Georgian food. Soon after we arrived, our Chiatura friends, Bran, Tracy and Katy walked through the door and helped us finish the mound of food we had zealously ordered! We then set off to find a place to stay.
Katy, Michelle, Melissa and I stayed with the most wonderful woman. She had hosted several peace corp volunteers in the past and happened to have both of her children marry peace corp volunteers. Her daughter Mako, and her husband Mike (from Virginia) were in town, so we spent the evening swapping volunteer stories, drinking tea and eating the most amazing poppyseed pastries. I was severely addicted. At one point, we were all huddled around the fire downstairs to keep warm, eating little chocolates and laughing hysterically. It was just a great night!
|The breathtaking view from our hotel balcony in Bakuriani|
|Riding through the forests!|
|Snow capped mountains are my favorite!|
|Don't we look professional?|
|Tornike and I :)|
The next morning we chatted with Dodo and she told us that her husband and her son were both Olympic participants! Her husband was a bobsledder and her son a skier. They were also friends with the Georgian luge Olympian who died this past February in Canada. We passed a large memorial for him on our way to the hotel. Dodo showed us many awards and trophies of her family and it was so wonderful to hear all of her stories! She then helped us find a marshutka back to Borjomi (it literally came to the hotel and picked us up!) The driver then dropped us off at the Mineral Springs Water Park and then offered to come pick us up and take us to the bus station for free, when we were done. Then, our next Marshutka stopped off and bought us all delicious, warm khatchapuri, took our friends to their city and then hailed us another marshutka to take us back to Kutaisi. Marshutka drivers here are literally amazing. i'm not sure what we would do without them during our many travels!
|Katy and I at the Borjomi Mineral Springs Water Park|
|Playing in Fairyland in the Park!!|
|Fairyland is not just for kids...|