November 30th, 2008

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topeka state hospital, kansas

topeka state hospital.1

many more photos H E R E

there seemed to be no restrictions about exploring the grounds and exteriors, but man, would i have loved to go seemed impossible, however. definitely forbidden.

Abkhazia. The one you never find on a map.

Have you ever been there? Have you ever seen those cities and villages? Have you ever spoke with people there?

After USSR disappeared many things changed. Abkhazia - they call themselves Apsny Republic - became independent from Georgia - after a bloody national war in 91. It is a very small region and every family there is a part of tragedy. But what happened after - nobody agreed they are free, as they always were before USSR. And nobody helped them. Everybody thought - we better do not think about them. And forgot them.
Welcome to the lost world of Abkhazia.

We start our trip from abandoned railway station in Gagri. Sometime ago in summertime people came there. It was crowded and shiny. Now rare train goes through it in the night without stopping. Like a ghost. And only thing you hear - tu-duh-tu-duh...

Since 1991 many houses were left by people. No tourists come to the region. No buisnessmen invest there. There was nobody to stau at the hotel - everybody was afraid to go to Apsny. There was nobody to work in the hotel - because employees died in the war of 91. So the hotel stays alone and abandoned besides the trees, full of mystery and silence.

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