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Katerina Balakina

Tallinn, EE

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an illustrator, visual recorder, and scriber based in Tallinn, Estonia.

Maps By Katerina Balakina

Lockdown Walk in Tbilisi, Georgia by Katerina Balakina

Tallinn, EE

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The second lockdown hit Georgia in November. By that time, I had come to Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. The city, which dates back to about the 5th century, is full of interesting and beautiful places--Persian-influenced architecture, lopsided "Italian" courtyards, picturesque hills, and quiet, sleepy neighborhoods. With the great weather and decent coffee to go, we discovered new little routes every day. However, the walk down Rustaveli Avenue to the Old Town and back to Vake Park is my favorite.

Batumi Georgia Lockdown Walk by Katerina Balakina

Tallinn, EE

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The first lockdown caught me far from home, in the small town of Batumi, Georgia, on the Black sea coast. My boyfriend and I spent hundreds of hours walking the city. Those walks filled us with peace and gave us a sense of tranquility in front of an uncertain future during the beginning of the global pandemic. This map shows a few of the most iconic places in Batumi such as Batumi Boulevard, the Ali and Nino statue, and the original railway station.