March 20, 2015

Batumi, Georgia

I woke up after 09:00 and took my sweet time getting ready in the morning. My plan was to run some errands and see as much of Batumi as possible today. Well, once I opened the door to the hotel, I noticed it was raining outside and the sky was completely shrouded in clouds (which means, even if I had known about the partial solar eclipse today an hour ago when it occurred, I still would not have been able to bear witness it). I immediately returned to my room, grabbed my umbrella, and then set out on the town. It was cold, it was wet, and it reminded me of my time in Israel. I set out to find a shop to buy some more clothes, but the weather put me in a lousy state and I just wanted to seek shelter in my warm hotel room. I abandoned my quest for clothes, walked to a supermarket, bought some milk, almonds, and other nuts and seeds to snack on, and returned to my hotel room, resigned to make today a lazy (albeit, relaxing) day. I then proceeded to lay in bed, watch Russian-language television, and read about medieval warfare on my Kindle application on my iPhone. I wasted pretty much all of the day. Eventually, I left the room again at 21:00 in search of a meal. The rain had momentarily ceased and I walked around the old part of Batumi, with many of the historic buildings beautifully illuminated, highlighting their ornate facades and décor. I then ended up at the same restaurant I ate at yesterday (the German restaurant) and had some beer, a tomato soup with white beans and croutons, and a salad with sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. During dinner, there was a live band across the restaurant playing English rock songs (the singer sounded American). After dinner, I returned to my room to relax and later on I watched Fritz Lang’s ‘Ministry of Fear’ – courtesy of YouTube. I then went to sleep after 01:00.

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