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Near-disaster on Day 1

When it rains, it pours...

rain 75 °F

View of Old Town Tblisi with Nariqala Fortress in background

My reentry into the world of staying in hostels didn't go so well last night. Despite totaling maybe 3 hours sleep over the last two days, I could not get to sleep. I was staying in a 6-bed dorm with 5 other travellers I did not get a chance to meet because I didn't get in till after 1 am. I am an incredibly light sleeper, so the noises of people shuffling through their stuff, going to the restroom and so on kept me from falling asleep. Oh, and did I mention two cat fights outside our balcony and the drunken disturbance down the street? Yeah, so I went into Thursday half a zombie.

I'd like to think that was my alibi for the disaster I mention in the title. Somehow, as I was out wandering the streets of Old Town Tbilisi, I managed to lose my passport. Not misplace, or forget where I left it. No,I dropped in the street somewhere. When I noticed it was missing, I retraced my entire morning route. I returned to the hostel and told them about it. Before calling the police, the hostel worker made me empty my pockets and bags for her. When I checked with the embassy, they confirmed someone had found and reported they would be turning in my passport. They called a couple hours later when they had it. I jumped in a cab and raced to get it. In 72 previous countries, I had ever lost either my passport or wallet. Yikes. I'd better get some sleep tonight or this could be a rough trip!!

Detail of fresco on church in Tblisi, Georgia

So, what did I do and see in Tblisi today? Mainly, I made travel arrangements like purchasing my ticket to Mestia -- the scenic heart of the Caucasus Mts. In Georgia. I checked out hotels for when Jenny joins me in mid-July, and I picked out places to visit. Definitely a "light" day on sights, but a potential heavy-weight disaster. I met a lot of the other travellers staying here at the hostel. It was fun gettting to know them. Tomorrow, I am out the door early to take a marshrutka (shared minivan taxi) to Akhaltsikhe. And yes, I even learned how to pronounce that mouthful of a name. Georgians love their consonants! So far, my favorite is Mtskheta...5 consonants before the first vowel!

Hopefully, I'll have more sights to report on tomorrow, along with no dazed mindless mishaps...!

Posted by world_wide_mike 07:40 Archived in Georgia

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HOLY CRAP! Thank God someone was nice enough to turn it in! Hopefully, you can get some good sleep tonight. Be careful!!!

by Jenny

Glad someone turned your passport in. I'll never forget having to get mine replaced in India.

by Jason

I got pulled aside by customs in Australia once and accidentally left my passport on the table after they inspected my stuff. Fortunately I was able to track it down again.

In Argentina the consulate accidentally cancelled my passport when I went to get extra pages added. They can actually make you a temporary in an hour or so, it's not too big of a deal if there is a consulate nearby. But it is $110 (waived in my case obviously)!

Do you have earplugs? Earplugs and a good face mask are a big help when you need some sleep...

by Brett

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