Batumi
10 September, 2010

I went and saw Batumi this summer once again and I understood that it has grown into a giant symbol of a new life in Georgia. It is not just myriad gigantic constructions and the permanently lengthening board and plate walks along its beautiful coastal Boulevard.

I went and saw Batumi this summer once again and I understood that it has grown into a giant symbol of a new life in Georgia. It is not just myriad gigantic constructions and the

permanently lengthening board and plate walks along its beautiful coastal Boulevard.

Nor it is the growing number of ubiquitously strewn new and old cute and comfortable small and big hotels and eateries. I am not even speaking about historically famous Batumi sea port whose shipping and receiving capacity is growing not by days but by hours. What I am talking about is the way of life there and the attitude of both the guests and the hosts. The main impression which overwhelms you the minute you arrive in Batumi is a balanced and steadily working peacefulness and tranquility which makes you think that everything is perfectly all right in the rest of the world too. Some of the streets have become so attractive that you are imagining yourself as part of a theatrical setting of a happy musical which is going to start any time soon while you are standing there. Something very friendly and amicable is in the air in Batumi with the entire Georgia sitting right there in the central section of famous beech-side boulevard, greener of which I have never seen in my entire life. I have been to places, including islands and beeches on both sides of North and South America, Mediterranean and African coasts, and I have walked through many paths adjacent to waterlines, but never as shiningly green and as pleasantly breezy as here. Batumi is being rebuilt and refurbished, the streets are all dug inside out and passage through them has become difficult, cumbersome industrial machines are all over the place, and half-built edifices are still waiting for a chance to be finished, but all that is not irritating anybody. Nobody is upset because they all know that time is coming when this pearl of the Black Sea coast is entering a totally new era of its existence. Well, there are some unanswered questions of course, like money matters. Is Batumi going to be a cash-flowing machine at some point in the future? What capacity of occupancy should the hotel industry reach in order for it to satisfy the increasing number of people claiming for a better life, both serving and using a service? Or a question like this one: Will the service industry and the manners of hosting part of the city be as good some day in the nearest future as one can find in other dream places of the Earth? My most educated guess should be 'yes'. At least this is what I have felt there throughout the bygone summer season. Those seasons will return and our heads-up will make a lot of sense. You know, Turkish resorts are next door. And they know so very well how to organize the industry. Georgians have already gotten the taste of it and for them it is to judge.

 

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