Monday, 22 January 2018

The Kutaisi sign project (Georgia)

Hi fellas,

Writing a travel-related blog post when you are on the go all the time - and in your spare time you also work, study, spend quality time with your family, and God knows what else you need to have time for - is not easy. However, here comes your dedication and efficiency into the picture: as I am flying home from Georgia, I use the available five and a half hours to put something down here. ...although, I got distracted so my ‘essay’ writing had only lasted for these few lines only.

I have only spent five days in Sakartvelo (Georgia’s name in Georgian), but I have absolutely fallen in love with the post-soviet, Caucasian country, and I am already planning to go back and do an extended trip in the wider region including Armenia and Azerbaijan. Still, I have managed to cram quite a lot into these days and, most importantly, I have carried out the projects that I previously planned. So, in the end of the day, it does not matter whether you stay only five days or five months, as long as you work hard on your trip, you will eventually have a great overall picture of 'things'.

My day one was a long walk from Kutaisi Airport (which is near Kopitnari) to Kutaisi city centre. The walk for me took about 5 hours which eventually equaled 24 km. I am telling you guys, I was often properly knocked out of my comfort zone! But I carried on walking and I had no choice other than dealing with my emotions and, eventually, I achieved successful breakthroughs.
 

I enjoyed this trip as I had the chance to see what was outside of Georgia’s second largest settlement. I could also see the periphery, the least known and least tourist-friendly 'attractions'. And also, I could successfully carry out the Kutaisi sign project - I thought that if I walked, I would not miss it. I was right. There were, of course, a couple of more settlements that came along the way (Partskhanakanevi and Kvitiri) and I took a photo of their signs too. But anyway, I have collected a bunch of photos here of Kutaisi now (overall, I have not taken many anyway) which cannot give you a full picture of Kutaisi or, especially of Georgia, but I hope you will enjoy going through them and will get encouraged to take a trip to this beautiful country clamped in between Europe and Asia.

~ Laszlo #thesignhunters

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Pattingham recoloured and revitalised (England)

Hello fellas,

I worked yesterday, so I missed out on the first of January blog post, but hey, I still had a little time to pose with a sign (see the photo on Twitter). And of course, Happy New Year to everyone who reads my lines! 

Today, I have mostly been chilling and catching up with my projects, and while trying to understand how to play the mandolin, I have been thinking what sign hunting photos I should post on here. Originally, I wanted something winter/new year-related, but as I was going through my archives, I found a folder containing lots of interesting photos of Pattingham, which is a small village near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. I took these photos almost four years ago, but back then I did not like how they turned out (too grey, too dull, not much life in them), so I recoloured them, which gave a completely different feel to the pictures. Eventually, I have decided that I would share these photos with you and I hope they will bring some colours to your grey, British wintery days.

Also, Pattingham has got the standard shaped and coloured limit signs, but it has also got a nice, wooden one too. I have decided that I did not want to disturb the overall experience of these images so there will be no photos of myself with a sign. Enjoy!

~ Laszlo #thesignhunters

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