Guria, Georgia – Traveling above the clouds
Throughout the year the project “Seasons – Photo Diary” has been collecting images of some of Georgia’s most distinguished and interesting places. During these trips our cameras have been able to show you different regions and villages. However, aside from the pictures, we also try to convey the experience we had beyond the camera, as emotions and memories are often the best things one gets from a trip.
Everything started one year ago in Guria, Bakhmaro and to celebrate the one year anniversary we went back to the region, this time however heading to the Gomi mountain resort.
We started our trip from Tbilisi at 7am. We drove an SUV but any kind of car can reach Gomi since the road is in good condition. Our desire to start shooting starts as soon as we enter the Guria region and the scenery from here all the way to Gomi is fantastic but unfortunately we don’t have enough time to stop and take pictures. We drove past luscious green landscapes, streams and beautiful old houses before everything became shrouded by thick fog.
Once we are on Gomi Mountain the visibility is down to zero, which is normal for this area. We are advised by the locals to set up camp on the highest hill so that we can see the whole village from there, but we can hardly see each other! We start to pitch our tents and make a fire. Some locals living nearby offer us some Adjarian wine and tell us that the fog may not clear away. We start to worry that we might have to return without any pictures at all. We hoped that this would not be the case. Thankfully, we got lucky! The clouds dispersed and for 40 minutes we get great, clear views of Gomi.
Soon we had to return to our tents. It was very cold and we were wrapped up in our thick winter sweaters. From our campsite we could see some little yellow lights in the village below. The region has a lack of electricity and due to the robbery of the electrical wires in the 1990’s most of the inhabitants use generators for electricity. Also, due to the geography of the area, mobile phone signal and internet access can be limited here. Still, Gomi remains one of the most interesting places for tourists to visit. The reasons for this can be seen in our photos – 2,100meters above sea level, needle-shaped tress fill the valleys criss-crossed with streams. Also, the climate of the area is said to be good for your health. There is a famous legend about a shepherd that brought his terminally ill daughter to the mountain and thanks to the fresh air and perfect climate she was cured of her disease.
We left the foggy mountain town before sunrise. Before you get the chance to visit it for yourself, you can experience it through our photos.