Photographer's Note

I wrote in my travelogue that I went here and there by marshrutka. But someone could ask: what is it?
Marshrutka is a form of public transportation such as a share taxi in Russia and many post-Soviet countries. The role of the modern marshrutka is theoretically similar to the share taxi, that use minibuses in other countries. I think in Turkey it is called dolmus.
It is very cheap - from Yerevan to Tbilisi it costs around six USD. Sometimes it has fixed times of departures but very often you must wait till it fills up. And it can last even a few hours :(. You usually pay the driver in the end but sometimes there are tickets. Good thing is that it stops where you want. It happened that the driver asked us where we went and then stopped just directly by the hotel. They also arranged for us to take us from the guesthouse, very convenient when you are with heavy backpack. Usually they are Ford transit and one is a bit squeezed inside but sometimes there are more comfortable Mercedes. We were in low season so they were only locals that went. When possible, we sat in the first row next to the driver so I could make photos through the front window. and we could chat with him. (All drivers spoke Russian). In Poland it is forbidden to use mobiles during driving, but not in Georgia. They used it all the time. And seeing any church they made cross signs three times in Orthodox manner. I was a bit scared on the curved mountain road. It was easy to go from the endpoint, but I was afraid to go from the place on the way, with no specific time and what to do when there are no places? Then we used rather taxis, more expensive of course, but more efficient and allowing us to see more places.

Here is the railway station in Zugdidi. We were there going from Tbilisi to Mestia and again going from Mestia to Batumi. Our marshrutka is this yellow one on the right side. You can see two other white ones on the left side.
It was always fun to use them!

Marshrutka to Batumi .

I have just found new exciting way of travelling. It is Bla Bla car. I will try it in Spain :)

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