Nate Hake, Abkhazia - 2017
My Explorer spirit was drawn to this place, but I don’t know what about Abkhazia captivated me. For some reason I just knew I had to try to visit it. Truth be told, I had to Google it just to find out what Abkhazia was in the first place.
Abkhazia is a place on the Black Sea that proclaims itself an independent nation, but which most of the world considers to be a part of Georgia. Georgia doesn’t really control it (the Russians mostly do), so to get to Abkhazia I first had to obtain a visa from the Abkhazian “Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” and then make my way through a heavily guarded border zone.