All photos by Amy Yu Mao, or Khvicha.
So begins every conversation with Khvicha, the taxi driver with whom I’d trust my life. “Meghan” seems to be tough for many Georgians to grasp, so I usually introduce myself as “Meg,” which turns into the Georgian name “Megi.” Thus, I am now Megi.
While Amy was visiting last week, Khvicha designed and implemented the perfect three-day tour of Georgia. We covered most of the country, with the exception of the Black Sea coast. After a drive through beautiful Kakheti in the east, Khvicha took us north to the mountains of Kazbegi.
We drove several hours on roads that seemed to be used more by cattle than cars, winding through mountains and forests and construction sites repairing the usual winter damage that four meters of snow will impart on concrete.
When we arrived in Kazbegi, now called Stepantsminda, we…
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