Georgia to Russia – Verkhniy Lars Border Crossing

We crossed from Georgia into Russia in the middle of summer, when the border was at it’s busiest, with Russian tourists heading in both directions, on their way to or from vacations in Batumi, and other beach towns on Georgia’s black sea coast.

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How to buy a car in Tbilisi, Georgia

I recently purchased a car in the Republic of Georgia (that’s the country in the Caucuses, not the US state). I found very little information online about the process of buying a car in Georgia, how to find a car for sale in Georgia, or if it is even possible for a non-resident to buy a car without an address.

Georgia turned out to be a great place to buy a car to explore Europe or Central Asia. Hopefully our experience will help some future travellers find the process a little less daunting.

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Learning the Georgian alphabet in 90 minutes

One week before landing in Tbilisi, Georgia, we decided it might be a good idea to try and learn the Georgian alphabet. At first, the Georgian Mkhedruli script looks like more than a challenge, a bunch of squiggles and loops.

The Georgian alphabet looks like a bunch of squiggles and twists

The origin of Georgian alphabets is not entirely known, but some suggest the current Georgian script was modelled after the loops and twists of grape vines.

As hard as it might look at first, the Georgian alphabet has a few things on it’s side for beginners. There are no capital letters in Georgian, so you only need to learn one set of characters. And unlike English, Georgian letters are always pronounced the same, regardless of where they appear in a word.

Since Georgian is used on all street signs and most aspects of everyday life, learning the alphabet seemed like a good idea, since we were planning to spend a few months there.

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