There’s a beautiful park right in the center of the Georgian city of Kutaisi , and near the park is the Colchis fountain , built in 2011 . It is a huge gold-plated thing , with figures that are copies of ancient Georgian archaeological findings from the Bronze Age .
The fountain stands , within its circle , right in the middle of a large traffic square . Vehicles spin along on all sides past the fountain .
In Georgia pedestrians take their lives into their own hands whenever crossing a roadway . Usually the drivers give a short little beep of the horn as a warning before they run you down , so the victim on foot has a chance to jump out of the way . The Colchis fountain is worth seeing up close , but it’s tricky crossing the square to get there .
Ada and Aleksandra took to waving the white cloths they used to wipe the
sweat perspiration from their faces , a kind of white flag waved at the drivers , as we crossed streets . The Georgian drivers seemed to get a kick out of that . They may even have slowed down a few times to observe the strange event ; a pedestrian surrender ritual ; smiles on their faces .