Vladi what?Yeah, thats exactly what I thought at first. To everyone around, a group of 5 Goans planning a 3-day vacation to Vladikavkaz seemed almost strange.That didn’t intimidate us. Neither did the warnings from the authorities that Ossetia was a troubled area and the visa would take 15 days to process, as opposed to the usual 2-3 days to other parts of the country. Finally, one day before takeoff, our visas arrived!
Perhaps the last large port city of Turkey before entering into Georgia, Trabzon was also a point on the ancient trading route - the Silk Route. Passing through it, we left almost all of Turkey behind as we inched ever closer to Georgia.