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Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan September 21st 2013

I left the hostel early and travelled to the bus station to get a shared taxi to Yerevan when I arrived I secured the front seat and waited for other passengers to arrive, an hour later none had and the driver suggested I get a mini bus, there was no way I was doing that again so I just paid for the whole car. No sooner did we leave the city then I saw the results of a horror road crash one vehicle was smashed up on the side of the road the other was on its side and the windscreen was spider webbed where two heads had hit, this caused my driver to slow down for a few minutes. About thirty minutes later we crossed the border into Armenia, initially we were met with forested ... read more
Lake Sevan
Hay check out the truck
Train station

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan August 11th 2013

Since Turkey the bus trips have been quite daunting, fast drivers over taking purely on luck. We hope our bus ride to Yerevan will be a bit smoother but it turns out to be the worst one yet. We wait three hours in the marshutka before it departs (they have no time schedule, they only leave when the bus is full) Two hours before we are meant to arrive the bus suddenly stops. We look out of the window to see the aftermath of a terrible accident, another marshutka has crashed with a large truck. People come towards us covered in blood; we quickly try to gather up the bottles of water from our marshutka to bring to the wounded and we start making our way to the accident to see if there is anything we ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan November 2nd 2012

Resumo:Um dia ensolarado; Paisagem maravilhosa; Conhecendo pessoas incríveis; Fazendo amizades; Tomando café, vinho, vodka e cerveja; Ganhando presentes inesquecíveis; Chorando; Estou bem. O meu dia estava meio planejado. Após ir para Khor Virap (igreja), tentaria ir para o lago Sevan. No entanto, como muitos dias aqui na minha viagem, algo acontece e muda tudo. =) Já no local eu conheci um senhorzinho muito simpático, que além de dar uma mini carona (500m), ele me deu um cartão postal, tirou uma foto minha, imprimiu e deu para mim. Obrigada Vace! Quando eu estava a caminho da estrada para pegar o meu ônibus, um carro parou e me ofereceu uma carona. Não precisava, pois o caminho era curto, mas resolvi entrar no carro. O carro já estava lotado, mas eles se apertaram para eu entrar. "conversa-vai .. conversa-vem" ... read more
Church of the Holy Mother of God
Dentro da Igreja
Dentro de uma das cavernas

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 29th 2012

Resumo: Dois dias super gostosos na Armenia; fazendo um pouco de turismo; Lugares lindos; Estou bem. Desde que eu cheguei na Armenia, tudo está indo muito bem. Estou em um hostel onde eu me sinto em casa. Amanhã vou para Nagorno-Karabakh, uma região que ainda está em disputa e não possui reconhecimento internacional como República de Nagorno-Karabakh. Humm .. vamos ver como é este lugar. Nestes dois dias em Yerevan, posso dizer que a cidade é linda. A natureza então .. uau .. é de tirar o fôlego. =) Pegar carona e passar por situações inusitadas não é mais novidade, então não vou mais contar aqui nos detalhes. Só um resumo: hoje, por exemplo, a primeira carona queria parar na estrada em um prédio em construção .. "No, tks". A segunda carona, foi uma companhia ótima ... read more
Lovely Sunset
View from the Balcony
View from the hostel

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 22nd 2012

Monday 1 October 2012 Despite being right in the busy centre of the city, we are both sleeping really well. I thought the traffic might disturb us but I think we are so tired from walking in the heat, by night time we are flat out. Our plan for the day was to visit the Parajanov Museum. Each time we walk somewhere, we take a slightly different route so that we get to see different parts of the city. The museum is close to the gorge - opposite the football ground. It was built for Parajanov but he died of lung cancer before he had a chance to live in it. Although, principally a film maker, he was someone who could turn his hand to anything - drawing, collage, installations. Personally, out of all the museums ... read more


Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 21st 2012

Friday 28 September 2012 An early start today as we had a few things to see en route to Yerevan, the most important being, the cable car to Tatev. This was being built when I visited two years ago. The drive to Tatev had been one of the scariest of my life and nothing would have induced me to do it again. Rod had a similar experience. Going by cable car was a different story. It is the longest cable car in the world and costs 300 AMD one way. The road has improved and Saro persuaded us that we should come back in the car. The car we were in was completely full and it was like being on a fairground ride. The ride over the gorge is spectacular and only takes 10 minutes. I'm ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 21st 2012

Tuesday 2 October 2012 We had arranged to meet Hasmik after breakfast. We took the circular road route to Vernissage - Moskovan which turns into Kanjian Street. It was turning into another hot day so we tended to hug the shade. Apparently, we have been really lucky with the weather. The temperatures in this Armenian autumn have been higher than a typical English summer. Vernissage was a very scaled down version of the weekend market. Probably, a tenth of the size. Despite that, we managed to get what we came for which was an achievement. It really helps to have a local person with you to help with the negotiations. A quick drink at Smokey Ribs - good wifi here, we made our way to the metro. I never managed to go on the metro on ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 5th 2012

Saturday 29 September 2012 Our first day in Yerevan. We started with a bit of housekeeping, washing clothes etc before heading to the shops to get some breakfast stuff, bread, butter and honey. Our plan was a visit to Vernissage the outdoor market that sells a variety of stuff- jewellery, second hand goods, paintings, clothes etc. On our way we went to the tourist information office but it wasn't there anymore. We have no idea where it's gone. Some of the people selling at Vernissage are artists with their own handmade wares. We saw a lovely stall with handmade jewellery made from leather. We return there tomorrow. Our aim was to scope the market out and return to buy what we want. Vernissage is only open on Saturday and Sundays so this was our only chance. ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan October 4th 2012

Wednesday 3 October 2012 We'd arranged to meet Hasmik at 9am - early for Armenian standards - to go for a swim and sauna at the Business Centre Health club. We got there but found that it was closed for maintenance. A bit disappointing but we had a coffee in the cafe before deciding to go to the best place to buy good Armenian coffee. This was a metro ride away to the end of the line in the north of the city. Again, it is so good to have someone to advise us. I also bought a Jazzve - the coffee pot used to make Armenian coffee. It's different from the one I have at home and slightly bigger. We also popped into Grand Candy - Armenian's main sweet outlet. I managed to come out ... read more

Asia » Armenia » West » Yerevan September 22nd 2012

I am now nearing the end of week two. It felt like an extremely long week though. I hit some road bumps this week which finally frustrated me. I kept getting on the wrong marshrutkas to work, which would take me halfway around the city and then once I realized I was nowhere near where I needed to be, I’d get off and have to cab it quickly to make it on time. I made it a point to attempt to remember every major sign and store along the way to and from work and the city to decrease the chances of this continuing to happen. Another frustration was the language. I kept repeating and learning new words and had a really hard time remembering any of them. This was all at the beginning of the ... read more
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