We ran for the 7.30 train from Kaspi to Kareli which was no mean feat with two dodgy suitcases and a hangover. As is often the way in Georgia we were told the wrong time and it didn't turn up till nearer 8 so we were safe. The train is slow, slow, slow but the views are magnificent and the seats comfy. One of our unfulfilled plans was to travel in both directions on the "Electro" train to see where it took us as it seemed to be one of life mysteries. Anyway to tempt your appetite here is the view from the train, somewhere in Georgia. If there were station signs at one time then they have faded into oblivion - even the locals don't know where they are.
|The view on the way to Kvemo Kvedureti|
Onward to Gori to hand in our phones and MacMillan Books and to collect our Letters of Recommendation from the Educational Resource Centre (ERC) Khatuna has been a great support during our time here and it will seem funny not to have her around anymore. Even though I had emailed and texted our arrival date and time, the letters had not appeared and so I was allowed to keep my phone and to hand it in at the Ministry of education in Tbilisi where we could collect the documents. Sigh!!! but it at least meant that we could contact people for a little longer.
|Good bye Khatuna! (TLG Co-ordinator)|
|The latest fashions in Gori|
Now we had to get back to Kaspi and pack up for real, plus clean the apartment. We got back at 3 at were hoping to catch the 5 o'clock marshutka but we couldn't do it! We made it for the 5.30 but couldn't be as thorough in the cleaning department! Avery hot marshutka ride then we had to drage the suitcases, rucksacks and laptop backs through the market to the metro underpass to weigh the luggage and see how much we were over. There is a woman who stands there all day calling out "come and weigh yourself only 10 tetris!" Or something like that anyway! Coming here at Christmas we paid £315 excess and we just couldn't do it this time. We had to lose about 15kg. We got a taxi to Dani's and we were SO EXHAUSTED by then. We showered and went to bed basically and were asleep before our heads touched the pillow.
The next morning Dani made us a great breakfast - an english fry-up! What a treat for our last day in Georgia!
|Real Bacon - Dani cooks English for breakfast|
|"Wot No Tea?!" Champagne is the best thing to drink first thing.|
|Everyone got bored with waiting for me to keep my eyes |
open for a picture so we used superglue.
We will miss Dani - she is a character and a half and we always had a good time with her.
We only had a 20kg allowance as it turns out not he 23kg that was on the website and so we rearranged our luggage so that my coat and our rucksacks weighed a ton - well an extra 6kg - but our checked luggage was acceptably over.
Our time in Georgia over, we boarded our Aerosvit plane for Kiev then Gatwick, excited and exhausted.