Meet Georgian world citizen who has visited 121 countries and speaks 12 languages
09 March, 2016
Meet Georgian world citizen who has visited 121 countries and speaks 12 languages
Nikoloz Bartkulashvili (aka Nix) is a citizen of the world who invited everybody to Biblusi Gallery, for the presentation of his book called ‘Traveler’. Nikoloz has been to 121 countries, speaks 12 languages, and has learned psychology, religions, culture of various societies. His road is a vivid example that if one wants to achieve something, any barrier will be overcome. With his first book, Nikoloz gives us an opportunity to travel around the world.

From early childhood he loved nature and traveling. At first, he began to travel around Georgia. He says if you want to travel, money is not very necessary. Nine years ago he decided to visit foreign countries. He traveled to 37 countries just to see his dreams come true. After that, when he realized that he liked it, he decided to travel more.

–I began with Asia – China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines, etc. For me, it is the most interesting region of the world. In the big cities there you can unexpectedly discover something very contrasting, the difference between richness and poverty, for example.
Cambodia is one of the poorest countries I’ve been to, where, for example, there are no traffic rules. Sometimes, when three cars are driving in one direction, one of them will make an unbelievable maneuver and you just can’t believe it’s actually happening. Cambodian authorities tried many times to set up some rules but eventually they decided not to do it, because they think people are not accustomed to any restrictions and that will make things worse. The most surprising thing is that everyone smiles, they give way to each other and nobody has ever got mad at anyone while I was there. Generally, it is incredible how harmonically they coexist in a country that is so poor. I’ve never heard anyone raising his voice.
I would like to say about Norway and Norwegians too. I want Georgians to be like them. 45-50 years ago that was a country of Vikings. They were uncivilized and uneducated. And today, it is one of the most civilized countries in the world. They are very concentrated on the nature and they take care of their environment. They have very narrow streets, to give more space to the green areas. I liked Norway very much and I want Georgia to be like that too. Our country is one of the best in the
world in terms of climate. Norway is frozen for 8 months during a year and for the remaining 4 months everybody thinks about nature and green areas. When I look at Georgia, it is one of the greenest countries in the world and I think we can do better than Norwegians. My foreign friends are crazy about Georgia.
I traveled to Africa too and only when I came home, I realized that I visited some really dangerous places. I began with Egypt, then I went to Kenya. I had some money, I took the bus and soon found myself in the middle of Africa. People live in uncivilized conditions there…

The citizen of the world gives some advice to the beginners as well:

–First and foremost, you have to be ‘armed’ with a smile and make as many friends as possible. When you give a positive energy, you receive the same. You can travel even if you have little money. Live healthy life, don’t smoke and drink too much. In every country, water is cheaper than alcohol or natural juices. You also have to have a right determination and don’t lose your head when you come across some barriers. As for the language, English is very useful and Spanish is the second choice. There are more than 400 million native Spanish speakers in the world. Besides, if you know this language, you will understand Italian too.
–Now, tell us about your book

–Well, for me this book is a big step in developing tourism in Georgia. I want to spread it in other countries as well. I want many people to visit our country. I write about many countries of the world and there is a little part about Georgia as well.
–Was it published in other languages?

–Yes. Apart from Georgian, it was also published in Russian, English and Spanish. I plan to publish small brochures too. Each one will be on a particular country.
–You also created the traveler logo…

–Yes, it’s a globe wearing a top-hat. Now I have to popularize it. Then I have another idea. I want to set up a big sculpture according to this logo. Europe and Asia merge in Georgia and that is why this is the right place for that kind of a sculpture. Georgia is a very important place and we have to make it more important. I also want to make a documentary about Georgia.

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