HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry I’ve been MIA for awhile. I got so busy with the holiday season, work, then Mr. B and I were sick for almost two weeks and I was catching up with household chores I got no time to edit photos or make videos or write on this blog. But now I’m back!!!!!
For the last adventure of 2016 Mr. B and I went to Georgia!! Not Georgia in the USA but the country of Georgia. We went around December which supposedly scheduled in November but there were some work related issues so we didn’t push through. Anyway, December was perfect because we were celebrating our very first Wedding Anniversary! Woot woot! We made it through one year! Tee hee.
We booked through HolidayME for five days and four nights. It was my first time to book through them and the agent handling my account is very responsive and assisted me through all the hassle I gave them. This is the only trip where I didn’t really plan our day to day activities. It was a very short vacation so I figured we’ll do whatever we feel like doing. Unlike our trips in Bali and South Africa, all our days were planned accordingly.
Prior to our departure I was already feeling sick, even on the plane to Georgia I got high fever so even though we reach in the afternoon in Georgia, we stayed in the hotel and slept in. Poor Mr. B cannot go out without me so he stayed with me and took care of me while Im sick. I honestly felt bad that I was sick and we might not enjoy the trip but thank God for Panadol, strepsils and herbal cough syrup I was feeling better the next day. Not fully recovered but I was okay.
At the airport, somebody will pick you up to drop you at the hotel (It was part of the package) Let me tell you though that not everyone speaks English. It was kind of hard. At the immigration, they gave us free wine! Georgia is known for being the first wine producers. We were supposedly going to do a wine tour but since we opt to spend most of our days in Gudauri, we were not able to do that. We did a city tour instead (I’ll write a different post for this one)
We stayed at Iveria Inn, a 3 star hotel around 5KM from the airport. The hotel is okay, very basic but for the price we paid the hotel delivers more than enough. We ordered food service earlier that night. Don’t expect that the food comes cheap. I don’t know if it’s just me but I honestly find the food expensive.
We went down after taking a nap and eat again. (I knowwwwwww, we’re always hungry) The hotel’s Tour Manager offered us some tours after dinner.We took one tour from the hotel and transport to and from Gudauri. We paid 600 GEL for the tour and transport. It wasn’t that bad for a private tour and transport. While planning for this trip, I already checked prices for the tours. Be careful when booking tours, some tour companies are offering higher than the others so I suggest to do some research for proper prices. The driver who picked us up from the airport offered us $500 to take us Gudauri (hell No!)
The next day, off we go to Gudauri!!!! I can now finally tick off from my 30 before 30 the 3rd on my list, play in the snow! This is one of the main reasons why we wanted to go to Georgia. We wanted to experience real snow. And here we are enjoying the snow!!!! It was so surreal, everything was white, and it was super cold! Imagine I was sick and it was so cold!! It was difficult to move around and I was coughing and runs out of breath so quickly. But that didn’t stop me from playing and enjoying this beautiful experience.
In Gudauri, we stayed at the New Gudauri Hotel Apartments. It’s a self catering apartment so we are able to cook noodles for breakfast! We relax on our first day so we just took a walk around the area of the hotel and had dinner. Little did we know, the resort stops operation at 4PM. Almost every people start to leave at 5 and the area is deserted by 6PM. I thought there will be some activities to do at night but there wasn’t so we had an early night again.
The next day was full of adventure!!!!!! We booked a paragliding experience with Fly Caucasus. It was our 2nd time to do a paraglide but 1st time to do it during winter. All information about the paragliding can be found on their website. A trip in Gudauri wouldn’t be complete without skiing or snowboarding. Since I was not able to learn ski beforehand, we booked an instructor on site. The cost for the instructor is 50GEL for one hour. Good enough to learn the basics. There were loads of ski rentals in the area. You can rent clothes, gear, ski equipment, shoes and gloves. The most fun part of the day? Riding the sleigh!!!
For my readers in the UAE, Georgia is perfect for those short break or long weekend. Anyone who has a residence visa gets a visa on arrival. And if you are already booked for Georgia, I highly suggest to spend a night or two in Gudauri. The city is quite boring, we didn’t do anything (we aren’t fans of city tours). So for adventure packed kind of holiday in Georgia, don’t miss this out!
Watch the video below to see the whole Gudauri experience.