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Experiences of the crazy traveller, cont.
After the monasteries in breath taking places and other winter photos today something very different.
The next day after visiting Ushguli we went to Batumi. The travelling in Georgia is easy! The marshroutka took us directly from our guesthouse (at six o'clock in the morning)to Zugdidi. It was full of local people - Svans. It is small group with its own language quite different than Georgian. On the way we stopped in a small bar near the waterfall. The Svans were very friendly and my friend drank with them toast with chacha (local vodka, 70 percent) for Georgian-Polish friendship. It was fun! Then they help us with the other marshroutka to Batumi. We hugged them all. In Zugdidi someone asked us if we had hostel in Batumi. We hadn't so he called his friend or cousin and the guy waited for us at the bus station with a taxi. No problems! In this way we could visit so many places.

Batumi (Georgian: ბათუმი, formerly known as Batum) is a seaside city on the Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia. With a population of 190,000 (2013 census), Batumi serves as an important port and a commercial center. It is situated in a subtropical zone, rich in agricultural produce such as citrus fruit and tea. While industries of the city include shipbuilding, food processing, and light manufacturing, most of its economy revolves around tourism. Since 2010, the face of the city has been transformed by the construction of new high-rise landmark buildings and the renovation of the Old Town.

Alphabet Tower (145 metres (476 ft) high), celebrating Georgian script and writing.

The Georgian scripts are the three writing systems used to write the Georgian language: Asomtavruli, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli. Their letters are equivalent, sharing the same names and alphabetical order and all three are unicameral (make no distinction between upper and lower case). Although each continues to be used, Mkhedruli is taken as the standard for Georgian and its related Kartvelian languages.

Georgian is currently written in a 33-letter alphabet.

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