Intense day and full of emotions you need with a good breakfast, right? Our first and last day in Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan, started well in that regard! We took a little longer in this meal because we were discussing whether or not we were going to cross part of the Chechnya and go through Grozny (capital) that was once considered one of the most dangerous regions in the world.
All this because our final objective was to get to know the city of Nalchik, capital of the Republic Cabárdia-Balkaria, more precisely to visit the lake region. By the title, you may have noticed that, yes, we decided to go there even with a lot of people saying it could be complicated.
Before setting foot on the road, we prefer to relax a little and add another sea to our list: o Caspian Sea. The beach is not the most beautiful we have ever been to, after all, it is in a big city, but still worth a stop if you are in the region região
From there, we started tense towards our destination and can I speak? We were surprised by the friendliness of the merchants who attended us halfway, really!
Despite the tension of crossing Chechnya at night, we decided to stop in Grozny for dinner. The restaurant we chose was the Zhizhig and Galnash and it was more for the same route, not for any recommendation.
Paulo, as always, wanted to try a very traditional dish from the region and the chosen one was a stomach stuffed with lung, liver, kids and heart that is served with a simple clay, vinegar with garlic and broth for digestion. And didn’t he like it? According to Paulo it’s one of those strangely good dishes 😉
At the beginning of that day of the trip, we were sure that we would spend the night in a quieter city. However, it was getting late and Alina (our wonderful Russian producer) got two rooms in the Grozny City Hotel! Despite the metal detector and the 5 armed security guards at the door, the hotel is super comfortable, the rooms very spacious and has super-complete female and male hamam.
These “spas” full of saunas, hot tubs and pools are huge, but don’t even think about going out in shorts / shorts (even men) through the hotel lobby. The most different thing about spending a night in such an unusual place is that Paulo and I didn’t even know if something common to us could be considered disrespectful, you know?
To understand a little more about the wrenches we spent that night in Chechnya it is better to see the full vlog below!