The Mystically Wonderful World of Abkhazia
I think I had a few expectations when planning this trip to Abkhazia. I’d seen many photographs and read about the history and justifiably it wouldn’t do any good to try to sound grandiloquent describing this wonderful little country since words just won’t do it justice. But I’m getting ahead of myself let me back up a bit to say that getting there is rousing experience in itself. If one was to fly from Moscow to Sochi/Adler the cost of a ticket is about $300.00 which in the reality of things isn’t all that expensive for two people, but for four people costs start to get a bit more pricey.
Double Decker Train to Sochi
The engaging alternative is traveling by train, this option can be even more interesting since they now have a double-decker train (unfortunately we didn’t chose this route) that travels from Moscow to Sochi on a regular schedule. A round trip ticket under this option costs around $200.00 per person. The only setback is it requires takes 37 hours to get there, so one has to ask why chose going this way? It’s the Russian countryside of course, it’s the interesting stops that are made, the people you meet, and honestly it gets you to slow down and enjoy life in a whole different way. I remember waking up the first night on the train at the crack of dawn. I stepped out of our second class cabin into the passageway and watched the sun come up, it was splendid. To top it off the train began to pull into Liski which is positioned on a bluff, in the city center the church which happened to be the tallest building in town was shining in the early morning light, it’s golden domes ablaze reflecting the rising sun, it’s a sight that will forever be etched in my mind. It’s these types of things that separate the differences between flying and taking the train. I won’t lie to you in the beginning it’s hard but with time it starts to make sense and Russia becomes more alive. Each new city brings new views and emotions.
Rostov On Don
Liski isn’t the only city that will become part of those lasting memories, Rostov On Don will also capture your attention. The views of the city when crossing the Don river will absolutely mesmerize you. There are many more cities that the train visits but I think it deserves a post all it’s own so stay tuned of that one.
What was surprising about Abkhazia
When we finally did arrive in Adler being a bit tired but no worse for wear, we were greeted by Ashot who was supposed to pick us up and take us to our hosts home. That destination being Agaraki, a small Armenian Village not far from Pitsunda, this would be our home for the short time we visited Abkhazia. The views we first encountered of tiny little country had all of us in wonderment, the mountains, the sea, and the cows wandering the roads everywhere, what? I had to stop and ponder………..are we in India? I’ve never been anywhere where the cows, goats, horses roam free to graze or just stop and lay down right in the middle of the road.
With my Stomach in My Throat
This was intriguing and a bit suspenseful as well, our driver drove somewhat fast to my discomfort especially when passing these unpredictable creatures. At times my stomach was in my throat, or holding my breath as he passed cars on the 2-lane road we traveled. But then something funny started to happen, I realized I wasn’t in America or Russia, I was in Abkhazia. This is how things are done and this is how they drive here, I began to settle down, relax, and even started to enjoy myself. Then the next shock came, but you will have to wait until tomorrow for the next part…………….so stayed tuned as we share our adventure in the mystically wonderful world of Abkhazia.