On the way back from my forest walk this morning I saw one of Tbilisi’s distinctive yellow buses. The tall person told me that lots of people use them and they are often crowded but they are cheap and there is a good network of routes. You board the bus by either door and put coins in a ticket machine or use a pre paid swipe card. There is a flat fare of 50 tetri (about 30 US cents). Apparently, you must always remember to pay for a ticket because inspectors sometimes board the buses and check tickets and they also wait at some bus stops and check tickets when people get off.
You have to be careful if you are standing by the door because people are often in a hurry to get on or off.
This a bus stop. Unlike mini buses, that will stop anywhere along their route, buses will only stop at bus stops. This makes them a little less convenient than mini buses but you don’t have to walk far to find a bus stop.
This bus stop in my neighborhood has a new electronic sign that lets people know what number bus will arrive next and how many minutes they have to wait. Amazing! These new bus stops must have incredible eyesight to see that far down the road!
The sun was beginning to rise when I woke this morning and not wanting to neglect my alarm clock duties I immediately notified the tall person. Hmm, silence. He usually gets up after the third bark but sometimes he plays a little game with me by pretending not hear. At least I think it is a game. Anyway, I like it. It’s fun to see how long he can ignore my barking. Wow! Well done tall person you held out for fifteen barks!
He emerged into the hall way, clearly on auto-pilot and began our early morning routine. He let me into the garden, went to the bathroom, made himself a coffee, put Mr. ‘Crazy’ Parrot on the toy room balcony, made himself a second cup of coffee, checked the BBC news on his phone and finally went to the drawer in the kitchen to fetch my leash. I can hear the sound of my leash being taken out of the drawer from anywhere in the house. I was on the toy room balcony with Mr. ‘Crazy’ Parrot and immediately bounded into the kitchen.
15 minutes later we were in the forest. Our walk up to the forest was a little stressful. We met a number of street dogs on the way and several of them were aggressive and came quite close. The tall person always puts himself between me and the dogs and talks to me softly to keep me calm. We kept walking and eventually they gave up.
The forest was beautiful today but quite crowded. Lots of cows were grazing there. You can see some in the picture above. The tall person never lets me get too close to them because he thinks I might scare them. I have seen cattle stampedes in cowboy movies and know cows can spook easily so we left them alone and explored another part of the forest.
The cows must have been moving around a lot because I found lots of these things! The tall person told me that they are called “cow pies”. Hmm, I usually like pies but these don’t look very appetising.
Be careful tall person, you nearly trod on one!