Cycling in Caucasus. There, where it all began – but only in the second trial.
Once in a lifetime everyone returns to the basics. For
example, by asking oneself how it all began? The Big Bang theory says it all
started from the singularity and in less than a second everything we know today
was created, including such complex organisms as, e.g. the Ministry of Economic
Development and Technology. Some people however doubt about it and, missing
probably the spiritual component of the problem, resort to the age-old
interpretation of the Bible. There the creator fixed everything in six days.
But - surprise, surprise – just a few centuries later, the creator changes his
mind and sends the Flood over his creation. They say that to err is human, but
it is not really fitting for the creator. The thing was ripe for a thorough
investigation, so I went along the path of Noah – to the research path in the
Your lightweight cyclist on a tour again.
Caucasus is an area between the Black and the Caspian
Sea with several countries for which it is unclear whether they belong to
Europe or to Asia. This fundamental question can be partially solved by the
fact that all these countries perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. One of
them even won the contest. It seems, however, that the local people are more
proud of the fact that this area is, from prehistoric times to today, regarded
as "strategically important". I personally think this only brings
problems. After all, each of the countries has a closed border with at least
one neighbor and, as is customary for "strategically important
region", has the history of mutual conflicts and wars, which since
immemorial times draws into the present and promises hot events in the
foreseeable future. So, anthropologically and sociologically extremely interesting
region for a diploma thesis entitled "How we learn from history that we
don't learn anything form history." I mastered this thesis long time ago,
so this time I focused on a leisurely cycling from Erzurum to Yerevan through
Turkey, Georgia and Armenia.