Before we escaped to the countryside of Imereti we had a stopover in Tskaltubo and stayed at Davits and Nikas guesthouse. Tskaltubo was a former luxurious spa resort during Soviet era and was built by Stalin in the early fifties for top politicians. The SPA is still doing treatments and you can get a feeling of how the city must have looked like a few decades ago. Now most of the luxurious spa buildings are abandoned – a paradise for people who love lost places.
We only stayed for one night in Tskaltubo but we quickly got to enjoy the Georgian hospitality and cordiality thanks to Davit, his son Nika and one of Davits good friends Wacho (don’t know how to write it).
When we arrived at Davits house our taxi driver was not really sure if this is the right address cause the house looked like a construction site and he asked us if we really are going to stay here. Davit already was waving his hand to welcome us, so we entered his property. He could not speak a single word english but thanks to google translate we could communicate quite well. Davit was using the voice recognition and sometimes he was holding pretty funny monologues about all and sundry. We drank his homemade chacha and wine together with Davit and Wacho. At some point Wacho showed me how to dance in a traditional georgian way and we were dancing through the not yet finished living room. Davit explained us that his house burnt down two decades ago and since then his house is a construction site: „Remont, Remont!“ These were also the first words he said to us after we arrived.
From that moment on we actually saw a couple of places in Georgia which are still or newly REMONT REMONT (russian for repairs – needless to say, hehe…).
When we were all already pretty drunk except of Nika, Davit came up with the idea that Nika can drive us all through the night with his van – said and done.
Enjoy our shots of that night below.
By the way Davit made us his favorite hangover soup in the morning with potatoes, lots of chili, spices, dill and of course he offered some chacha along with it. I could reject it but Felix did not. Thanks again!