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To return alive: New Year in Caucasus2011-01-04 17:39
The New Year is a winter holiday, isn't it? But thousands of people prefer dampness of southern towns to snowy winters. Air tickets to Caucasian airports are sold out like hot pies. But it's not only warmth that these winter travelers seek: sunshine is more easily found in Egypt. As it turns out, many Russians view it as the feast of freedom they come to Caucasus for. What should be done to be in time for the return flight after tasting this Caucasian freedom?
Low clouds cover the sky, it's plus eight degrees Celsius outside and it's drizzling. The weather is damp and depressive. The forecast says plus ten or twelve, rain and fogs. The Black Sea winter means sadness and gloomy monotony of the faded subtropical greenery.
Nonetheless, many Russians escape winter and cold coming to the eternal sadness of late autumn. What is so attractive in there now? They are looking for a thin line that divides freedom from chaos.
What's the right destination for exclusive New Year? If you have enough money and time, it's worthwhile to go to Armenia or Georgia. And if your budget is low, the options are Abkhazia or North Caucasus.
Caucasus welcomes you immediately upon landing, right at the ramp, in the new building of the airport of Sochi. Together with the bus for passengers of the landed plane, there are yellow taxi cabs waiting for their clients on the takeoff strip. Drivers are not embarrassed that the place is not appropriate, putting it mildly.
So, you are in Caucasus. From now on it depends totally on you what impressions you will bring home.
Never go to Caucasus a day or two before the New Year. Real vacations start a few days before the holiday, and there is a risk of being left outside on the New Year night. In this case you, naturally, will have to hitch-hike. And nobody knows where you will find yourself accompanied by merry travel mates that you are destined to meet on your way.
It was exactly the situation Alexey, a well-known Moscow photographer, got in:
"We decided to celebrate the New Year in Abkhazia. We arrived there on December 31 and it took us two hours to cross the border. We took a minibus taxi that went at a cosmic speed. Suddenly, in midway the driver meets a friend of his he hasn't seen for ages. Announcing "Guys, we need to stop at one place" the driver parks the car near a wayside restaurant. So we had to start celebrating the New Year right there".