Useful Links in the Internet
Going to the mountains
Whether you come here for a 4x4 tour, horseback riding, river rafting or mountain biking, Mamuka Burduli and his team of Adventure Travel are a good choice to ask for advice where to go and how to do it. In the wintertime Mamuka operates two ski rentals and is an excellent snowboarder himself. His brother Gela has a nice little hotel in Gudauri. Find out more at Adventure Travel.
For those of you, who are interested to visit Svaneti, you might want to make a flight reservation at least one or two weeks ahead of time for Canadian-operated 19-seat plane to Mestia. Flights are 75 GEL one way. For further information contact the office of Pegasus Airlines in Tbilisi. When enjoying a coffee at Cafe Laila on the main square, ask the owner Tamuna about what's going on in town. She knows everybody and everything that's going on. She may also connect you with Giorgi Niguriani, an excellent mountain guide, who can take you up to the Ushba and Tetnuldi area. In Mestia we recommend Roza's guest house - and if you are visiting Ushguli, the highest village in Europe, Hotel Riho of the Tchelidze family is one of the best places to stay.
In the Eastern Georgian Mountain region of Tusheti Audrey Bogini from France has been living with local sheperds for a couple of years now and shares her experience and knowledge with visitors through her Caucasus Trekking Company. It's a tough trip up there, so you might be happy to have her involved!
There are two weather services you may rely on, although based quite far from us: One is meteo blue from Switzerland, which covers many Georgian cities, while the other at yr.no is from Norway and offers detailed weather forecasts, through only for a limited number of locations.
What's on in Tbilisi
As you might not be able to read the Georgian-language posters which announce all kind of events in the city, you might prefer to check at Info Tbilisi for any cultural events as well as bars and restaurants or public services.
One of the best sources for news about Georgia aside from the websites you normally use, is civil.ge. which has daily news online and is run by the UN Association of Georgia with the support of USAID and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
For German speakers, the German embassy has some useful information about Georgia on its site - most of the time updated - on visa regulations (although citizens of many countries don't need a visa at all), health advice, the political and economical situation in the country and so on. Other countries may have similar services.
You may find out about your host by checking out the website of Filmpunkt or the site or the trailer of his documentary "On the Edge of Time", which he shot in different areas of the Caucasus. The film received several international awards among which the Golden Gate Award in San Francisco.
Getting a Shave in Tbilisi
One of our guests has been Bruce Kirkby, a travel writer from Canada. What he experienced while joining Stefan on a trip to the sulphur baths, you can read in his article in the Globe and Mail. And you might also want to check out the video Aydin's Dream about Aydin, the barber receiving his unsual present.