The smallest country in Transcaucasia

The smallest country in Transcaucasia

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We were driving at night to Yerevan and only narrow roads and curves indicated that we were passing mountainous part of Armenia. In the morning through the window we saw the yellow hills, clear blue sky and poor villages. Our driver felt like home, started to sing songs about Karabakh and treated us with so beloved by Armenians apricots. We didn’t expect to see exaggerated buildings in the centre of Yerevan. Such a view in poor countries makes us feel a kind of disgust. And when prejudices try to get to our heads, we meet people who change everything.

Our first night in Armenia end up at the top of the mountain

As soon as we got off the bus in the centre, a man with an American accent approached us and asked if we need anything. Without waiting for our answer he offered to show us a cheap supermarket, help with registration of sim card and lunch in his apartment. Leo turned out to be an American, half-Georgian from Tbilisi, who came to Armenia for several days on business. He got a little bored and was looking for someone who can speak English. His house was a shelter for us, where we could rest a little after a long trip, take a shower and talk in a common language. Although Leo offered us accommodation, we already found a host on Couchsurfing and after a few hours we had to say goodbye to each other.

Kasra is one of those people who you love or hate at first sight. We were supposed to spend in his apartment three days and it ended up on five. We had to use drastic measures and in advance book a hostel to be able to resist prolonged Iranian hospitality. We were stuck in Yerevan waiting for a visa to Kazakhstan, and the vision of spending days on a common cooking (or rather admiring Kasra’s kitchen skills), singing Sinatra’s songs and learning about Persian culture was too tempting.

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The Armenian Genocide Museum

When we were wandering around Yerevan it was hard not to notice posters commemorating the Armenian Genocide, systematic extermination commited by Ottoman Empire during World War I. 2015 is the year of  hundredth anniversary of the second after the Holocaust best documented genocide made by country’s authority on the ethnic group. While visiting the capital of Armenia should visit the Museum and Memorial of Genocide Victims. Modern building away from the city center, full of documents and photographs described in English language allows to understand dramatic history and Armenians diaspora.

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We've met each other during classes the least associated with our faculty at the university and it couldn't be an accident. Silly grinning at our English teacher telling about his hitch-hiking adventures, we haven't known yet that we will begin to travel together. The series of unfortunate events made us share a tent, a camera and memories. Now almost nothing can stop us from hitch-hiking.

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