HELP - TBILISI IN NOVEMBER
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 19, 2012 11:39 AM Last Post By: laineyhog
Oct 23, 2012 5:46 AM
HELP - TBILISI IN NOVEMBERHello everyone, my friends and I are planning to go to Georgia on the 3rd week of November and will be staying there for 5 days. I am browsing the internet for some tips but i still have some questions I hope someone out there can answer.
1. We are planning to visit these places and in your opinion will it be feasible to visit them all for day trips - Mtskheta, Gori, Kazbegi, Sighnahi, and Kutaisi. Are the roads going to these places open in November. How much roughly is the fare with bus, marshrutkas, and taxi? If we cant, what are the places we could go to maximize are stay.
2. what are the types of clothes we can wear during this month? should we bring winter clothings?
3. any custom or taboo we need to observe so as not to offend the locals? i read about not entering the churches wearing only shorts.
Thank you very much for your help. I will really appreciate your thoughts on this matter. By the way, we are four wandering asians.
Oct 23, 2012 5:48 AM
1One more thing, is there a Filipino community out there in Georgia particularly Tbilisi area. Again, thank you guys for the help....
Oct 23, 2012 8:40 AM
21. All roads will be open. Kazbegi will perhaps have snow by late November, but roads are normally cleaned rapidly even if snow falls.
Prices for public transport:
Mtskheta - 1 lari
Gori - 5-6 Lari
Sighnaghi 8-10 Lari
Kutaisi 10-12 Lari.
2. Bring winter clothes. Now it is quite warm (22 degrees), but Novembers are quite rainy and cold.
3. Don't worry, you will not be wearing shorts in Georgia in November. :). Women do cover head in church.
4. I live in Tbilisi and never met a Filipino, to be honest.
Oct 24, 2012 3:51 AM
Oct 25, 2012 7:28 AM
Oct 25, 2012 10:53 AM
5chupprayon - why are you continuously making the situation to look like something that is not true?! before elections you were predicting violence and unrest - it did not come out like this..
now you are talking about some strikes and demonstrations and VERY TENSE???? situation-I do not see the situation in Georgia being tense AT ALL!!!
there are some ISOLATED strikes, but look at the news, strikes are everywhere in Europe, but people don't stop going there or see it as something extraordinary.... and overall, strikes are in no way affecting the normal flow of life at all... and where did you see the major demonstration recently? People in general are full of hope and enthusiastic about changes that are hapening and overall the mood is very positive! this is the reality!
Oct 27, 2012 1:15 AM
6chupprayon what are you talking about?? Are you in the same Georgia as me?
Everyone: Thats complete nonsense! I am here since 4weeks and the situation is totally normal and as mentioned above people here are really enthusiastic about future changes. Furthermore they are amazingly friendly and welcoming.
Have fun here bytess!
Oct 28, 2012 7:17 AM
7I also found Georgians who supported both presidential candidates who talked openly about it and it was incredibly interesting. No signs of political unrest when I was there October 1-15. Just welcoming, wonderful people. Georgia felt so incredibly safe for us two female American travelers.
I think Kazbegi might be a little far to do as just a day trip, but the other cities mentioned could be done while using Tbilisi as a home base. While I really liked Tbilisi, I also really liked spending some nights in the smaller towns, too.
I wouldn't worry too much about offending locals. People recognize foreigners and understand that all cultures are different. I didn't wear a scarf in the churches and it was totally fine. No one looked at us strange or commented or anything. They recognize that you're not Georgian and not Orthodox and it's not a big deal.
Oct 29, 2012 4:43 AM
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Nov 15, 2012 10:56 AM
Nov 19, 2012 11:39 AM
11Georgia is pretty safe, but as pasporijo has mentioned, you do get the old men staring at you a lot. Am a fellow Asian female traveller here, based in Kutaisi, you would get stared at a lot but don't mind them, it's pretty normal here,
About day trips, especially Kutaisi, I would recommend that you have a few days, at least 2 days to spend here, just because, it takes 4 hours to travel from Tbilisi to Kutaisi via marshrutka, over winding roads. It does get really tiring. So I would suggest one day recuperation and chill in Kutaisi and a day to tour the city. It does rain quite a bit now and is quite windy. It does get weirdly warm here at times in the west, so layer up but also something that you can take off if it does get a little warm. So if your itinerary is a bit packed and rushed, I would maybe not do Kutaisi, but maybe consider Borjomi?
Taboo wise, hmm, not that I want to do any fear-mongering, do beware of Georgian men. It's fine if you have male company. But if you're a group of girls, just be mindful of them. Georgian men tend to be quite persistent, so be firm with your 'No'. And also, if you have tattoo, it's wise to cover them. Some men do get a little fresh if they see a female with tattoo. And yeap, cover your head in churches. Local women do wear skirts and dresses to go to the church, but it's acceptable for foreign women to wear trousers.
Hope this is helpful. It is a really beautiful country. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do. So if you do decide to come to Kutaisi, post here on TT and I can advise you on transport and hostel here.
Edited by: laineyhog
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