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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.

The Road Less Travelled to the Place Furthest Away

HOW MANY ROADS Adventure No 1
From Riga, Latvia to– Pitt Island, New Zealand
September 2014

How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? The answer to this question was searched by Bob Dylan, as well as the British author Douglas Adams. In “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, Douglas Adams proposes a theory, that before being called a man, one must walk down exactly 42 roads, while Bob Dylan merely states that the answer is blowing in the wind.
The search for the answer must begin somewhere, so why not start by testing Adams’ theory in practice? The first step in our quest to find the answer is the journey from Riga, Latvia to its antipode – “The Road Less Travelled to the Place Furthest Away” expedition.
Our Mission
You probably remember childhood cartoons telling you that if you dig through the centre of the Earth, you’ll end up in China. In fact, a straight tunnel leading to China would have to be started in Argentina or Chile and not in any other place. Needless to say, any attempts to dig such a tunnel would be futile, silly, and most probably would only cause great harm to the planets ecosystem. Traveling along the surface of Earth would probably be a better idea.
The place furthest away from Riga, Latvia – its antipode – is located in the Pacific Ocean between Antarctica and New Zealand. We think, however, that the geographic coordinates aren’t that important – we intend to travel to the farthest inhabited place from Riga. And that’s the Pitt Island of the Chatham Islands archipelago in New Zealand, located 18010km away from the capital of Latvia.
Obviously, buying a plane ticket and flying to the place furthest away from your home in a matter of hours or days could hardly be considered challenging. We don’t think that would count at all – as it surely wouldn’t be the road less travelled by. We plan to use as many transportation options as possible and only use airlines when there is absolutely no other option. Biking through various countries, taking trains and ferries will let us experience the road less travelled by in its fullest. We’ll cut off the traditional tourist paths and educate ourselves on the various cultures and natural wonders every country during our trip can offer.
The Motivation
Even though we’re a few centuries late for discovering America, we believe there’s still plenty to explore on our planet. All you need to do is dig a bit deeper, and noteworthy discoveries are sure to be found. And that’s what our journey is all about.
Everyone has at least considered traveling around the globe at some point in their lives. More often than not, the motivation for the journey is simply widening horizons and having fun. Also, it’s almost inevitably a dream that never actually comes true. The reasons vary – sometimes it’s fear of the unknown, at other times life just takes an unexpected turn and soon that dream is no longer easily achievable. Our purpose is to show ourselves and others that making your dreams come true requires only fortitude, strength of will and determination to pursue your dream till it’s fulfilled.
The Route
Our adventure begins with a train trip through Belarus, visiting its capital Minsk for a short while. After that, the railway will take us to Ukraine’s capital Kiev. After having tried out the deepest subway station in the world, we’ll travel deeper into Ukraine and cycle to Moldova and then back to metropolitan Odessa in Ukraine. After that, depending on the political situation in the country, we’ll either keep cycling through the Crimean peninsula, or set sail across the Black Sea. The third option would be to take a “quick” detour and cycle along the western coast of the Black Sea, visiting Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. One way or another, the road will take us to the birthplace of wine – Georgia.
With the winter on our heels, we’ll have to start cycling more enthusiastically, as the winters in Iran are as harsh as December blizzards in Minnesota and thus we won’t have much time to explore Armenia. Nevertheless, sooner or later we will have to face winter and the vast deserts of Iran. The area of Iran is approximately 26 times larger than that of our country Latvia, and cycling across this Middle-Eastern country will not only test our spirit and fortitude but also the structural integrity of our bicycles. Traveling through Pakistan won’t be a walk in the park either, with its western province Baluchistan being a rather active conflict zone. Anyway, after 8000 kilometres on our bikes, we’ll end up in India, where it’ll be time to rest our legs and drive around in, perhaps, the cheapest car in the world – the Tata Nano.
After having explored India, we’ll continue our journey through Nepal, Tibet and China. Travelling through the Himalayas, our trip will have to be quick, because tourist permits are granted for a very limited time. From central Asia, it’ll be time for ferries, trains, buses and hikes as we make our way to our destination in New Zealand. A lot depends on what happens during the journey, but we hope to reach the Pitt Island in one year after departing from Riga.

There has always been more than one world, more than one Planet Earth. We have been created equal but our experience and the roads we take set us apart and thus each of us sees and experiences a different Earth. Our time on this planet is limited to a certain degree but despite of that we all have the possibility to share our unique perception of this world. And through this exchange we have the opportunity to see what we have never seen, to hear what we have never heard and to rediscover the world around us from a completely different perspective. With your kind permission we would like to become your medium of our world, showing the Planet Earth through the filter of our perception. This will be an opportunity for you to find, hear and see a different world and for us to discover it, listen to it closely and show it to you.
We will look – so you can find it,
listen – so you can hear it,
discover – for you to see the world anew.