Finally it came and back to the consulate with the hope of having the visa ready once and for all. So there we were, at 9:00 again. Door opened, everybody waiting aaaaaand.... visas will be ready at 11! Ok, this time it looked for real, but you never know. Back to the hotel, eat a little bit and at 11 again to the consulate aaaaand.... YES!!! our Iranian visas were finally ready!! Can you believe it?
Anyway, we made it to the border after 4 hours, and there we had to get off the bus (only 4 people on the bus at that moment) and cross the border on foot. There, you just show your passport to leave Turkey and then the same to enter Georgia (since 2005 EU citizens don't need visa anymore). After all the formalities the challenge was looking for our bus to continue the journey to Batumi (17 km), which was quite difficult under the rain, at night and full of vehicles. When we finally identified our bus, guess what: it went away! Yes, it left without us! Unbelievable. Really nice entering into Georgia. Luckily there was a urban bus that for 0.50 € took us to Batumi. Next challenge: find the apartment. Of course we met a Turkish guy trying to help and he took us to a bar in the Turkish neighbourhood in Batumi. The waitress managed to call the guy and he came and took us to the right place.
In Batumi it was raining cats and dogs (the day before the city was totaly flooded), so only eating a bit and to sleep because the following day we were supposed to take a bus at 8 in the morning to Mestia, a town in Svaneti, the most beautiful area in Georgia, in the middle of the High Caucasus.
Finally at 11 the bus departed and after 3 hours we were in Zugdidi, where we had to change bus to get to Mestia after 3 more hours, but this will be in the next post.
So stay tuned because soon there will be the Svaneti post with news and pictures about a really beautiful area, actually one of the best montanious landscapes I've ever seen!
See you soon!