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One Year. A summary.

One year has passed since we left Latvia on 15th September 2014 and now, 15th September 2015 we are in Thailand, 7900km away from home.

We have crossed 12 countries, had 2 bicycles stolen and got 2 another bicycles in their place. Each of our passports has been supplemented with 8 glued visas and 28 border control stamps.

So, where do we spend our nights?

  • 141 nights with 24 Couchsurfing hosts;
  • 70 nights out camping;
  • 43 “One Nights” in Bangkok;
  • 6 nights in trains;
  • 3 nights in hotels (courtesy of our CS hosts);
  • 2 nights in buses;
  • 1 night in: a furniture shop; a Baptist church; a Buddhist temple; a cave; inside a train station; outside a train station; sea port; China Tobacco factory; a town hall meeting room; a truck; a ship.

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Three months in Georgia, Part 2

Employment and other fundraising activities

The main reason for staying in Tbilisi for such a long time was connected with the curious incident in Sevastopol, Crimea. In case somebody is still wondering, what really happened in Sevastopol, here is a very short recap – two of our bicycles got stolen by ruthless criminals (you can find out more by watching this or reading this). So we found ourselves in Tbilisi wondering what to do next, because we had to find a way out of this mess or we will have to turn back home. This time we did not have any illusions, that this problem will solve itself and we understood from the very start that it all depends solely on us.

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In Georgia they love food and even measure economical indicators with khachapuri

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Three months in Georgia, Part 1

Three months in Georgia – time to remember

Excuses

How long can you be lazy and keep on inventing excuses for not doing something? We have understood that it is possible to do it for quite a long time, but eventually we got tired of being lazy or even start to become lazy of being lazy and this very moment is finally here. So finally, after several months, we present to you recap of our Georgian adventures. Before you start to read this very long article, I would like to point out that unfortunately not everything is covered in this blog post and even some of the things that are covered have not been covered in full detail.

Arrival in Georgia

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We spent the first night in Georgia not far from the highest mountain in the country – Mt. Kazbeg. That was probably the coldest night I have spent in a tent, the temperature dropped to -10C

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We spent the next day in a much more inhabitable environment, but even there the room temperature was around 0 – maybe that was the reason why this room was used as a substitute for a refrigerator.

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Tea with a story

What do you do when two of your bicycles are stolen? How do you live with it? What do you do in order to solve this problem?

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Our team on the way to Rustaveli

I don’t know about you, but we just tried our luck in tea selling business in Tbilisi, Georgia. So, what do you have to do in order to sell tea and coffee in the centre of Tbilisi? Here is our beginners guide in how to start your own tea selling business.

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Optimus fuel stove – engine of the business

First of all you have to find a way how to introduce the local community with your business and with your story – we gathered pieces of cardboard and wrote about our adventure and the incident in Crimea. After you have done this, the next step would be to find a suitable place where you can approach your customers – we chose a place next to the Rustaveli Metro station. Last, but not least, you need to gather the needed equipment – a portable stove, a kettle, tea and/or coffee, water and some courage. When you have taken care of all of the previously mentioned aspects, all you have to do is to enjoy the show.

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A regular working day in Tbilisi

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A group photo after the last cup of tea has been sold

P.S. This is just a little insight in our project. A more thorough video about our day in tea selling will follow in the near future.

Year 2014 – The road so far

Our adventure started on September 15th, 2014. December 31st we are 2250 kilometers from home, having traveled about 4700 kilometres by road.
We have had an amazing time visiting Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, the breakaway state of Transnistria, Ukraine again, AR of Crimea, Russia and finally – Georgia. We are now residing in Tbilisi and plan to be here till the middle of February. We are still looking for ways to acquire two bicycles in the place of stolen ones but we will continue our journey to reach the place furthest away (Pitt Island in New Zealand) by any means.

Marking the end of year 2014, we looked back on the road so far. We are offering to take a peak at our adventures from September to December 2014 through this short video compilation.

Music: “Smile” by Møme.