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Hitchhiking the Georgian Military Highway.

It is possible! And for me, it was a wonderful experience.

My hitchhiking partner (from China) and I started in Tbilisi, and we walked a little in to the highway and in 10 minutes or so, got on our first ride. I read somewhere that Georgia was the 2nd most friendliest country to hitchhike, and boy it’s true!

The guy we hitched was driving to Russia, and stopped at the Ananuri Fortress so that we can take a few photos, and visit the castle. I was actually dumbfounded by the kind gesture!

Isn't it beautiful?
Isn’t it beautiful?

The castle overlooks the Zhinvali Reservoir and is the very castle that’s on the cover of Lonely Planet for Georgia. We didn’t spend much time in the castle so as to respect our hitcher’s time. But it was surely breathtaking.

Back in the car, we followed Hitcher No 1 until a small town where he took a different path. It took us all but 2 minutes to get Hitcher No 2. Now he speaks English! Owner of a chain of hotels in Georgia, he was also traveling to Russia for a meeting. He also stopped and walked with us a few times on the way.

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It was the first time I had churkcelas and boy I got addicted! I bought each for 2 laris (they gave me a discount from the 3 laris! Yaayy).

And after a few photos, and some talk on the history of the place, we left to the next spot. I do realize that by hitch hiking, we were not able to stop at all the scenic spots as we wanted, but then again, it’s free, and we make friends, so I’m not complaining!

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This is the spot that all the Georgians, stop and get their bottles. I thought it was the bonjourmi water, but it isn’t. It’s actually spring water. One of the best thing about Georgia is how fresh their water tastes, even tap water.

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Now this is bonjourmi water, and it’s absolutely disgusting. It tastes like blood, there’s no other way to describe it. Georgians bottle this up because the water is so high in Ferum (or iron) and is then used for nutritional purpose. Pregnant women, menstruating women and even men drink this. I took a pass.

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Next was Kazbegi, the village at which we start our 1 hour, extremely steep hike to the Tsminda Sameba Church. You’ll see a bridge, and that’s where the hike begins.

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It was 5 minutes after the hike that I realized I was not in the best shape in my life, and that the steepness of the hike was excruciating. The best part about traveling alone (especially in Georgia) is that people seem to always want to take care of you. And that’s what they did.

About 40 minutes into the hike, a family decided to adopt me and another women in their jeep. Up up we went.

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I waited for the cow to be done before I drank!

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And then my battery died because I had a dorm-mate turn my charger off in the middle of the night. Sigh, dorm life.

I was about 2 minutes into my hike down when another family offered me a ride all the way to the bridge! Oh the love.

I then had dinner at a restaurant in Kazbegi (also because I really needed the wifi). Note that the khinkalis in Khazbegi are prepared differently than usual. It was definitely spicier, and more herbs were added inside. Must try!

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At 7pm, we hitchhiked to Tbilisi with a couple driving from Russia. They had no place to stay, so we casually (and slyly) suggested our hostel. They agreed, and voila, one ride, straight to the doorstep of my hostel in Tbilisi.

What a day!

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