From Trabzon we took the bus to Georgia, only the bus didn’t actually take us to the city and only to the border even though they advertised otherwise.
The Turkish border office is quite hectic as everyone is trying the cut the line. The Georgian border office in contrast is very new and orderly. In Turkey there were only 3 officials working while in Georgia there were 6.
I had used my HK passport for Turkey since it wouldn’t require me to pay the €15 visa fee. However I had to use my CAD passport for Georgia as a HK passport would require a visa to enter Georgia. When I got to the border of Georgia, the guards were confused why I had 0 stamps in my CAD passport, so I showed them my HK passport at which point the guard told me I needed to have my Turkish stamps in the CAD passport for them to let me enter. This would have been a giant hassle and half a day wasted in crossing the border and back again. But when I told them the reason for actions was due to me avoiding Visa costs they said “no problem” and let me go through to Georgia without any extra stamps. So I was quite pleased with that.
Batumi is a beach town with a long promenade. Unfortunately the water was very wavy and it looked like the season hasn’t started yet as everyone was in the midst of renovating. So after some hours of wandering around admiring the architecture and ocean we retired to bed.
This train went back and forth the crossing at least 6x. We waited for around 15 mins, got tired of waiting, and decided to run in front of the train.
Fishing in the Black Sea:
A ferris wheel built into a skyscraper:
Travel tip : bus company Ulusoy runs to the border quite frequently. It costs 25 liras and stops at the border even though the ticket destination states “Batumi”. From the Border town in Georgia you can take the marshetka (minibus) for 1 Lari. There are ATMs near where the taxis are parked.