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Published: September 30th 2017
Upgraded Brandy Tasting ...
... there are two tastings on offer at the factory and since I was stuck in Yerevan so many extra days, I blew some of the money that was earmarked for tours on this selection of brandies - a 10-year, a 20-year, and a premium 10-year. A very nice experience, but I really wish that Lil Buddha would've washed his face before joining me for this luxurious experience - really, you can't take him anywhere!
Geo: 40.1847, 44.5101
GI Joe is known for doing good, constantly battling the evil forces of Cobra to prevent them from taking over and enslaving the World. So why would I want to do battle with him? Well, I didn't really want to, but today I got sucked into a conflict with his evil Armenian stepbrother, GI Ardia, AKA Giardia. Where GI Joe has morals and stands for all that is good in the World, GI Ardia is one mean, sick mofo who will kick your ass at the drop of a single speck of water from Armenia's countless water fountains.
Though you see Armenians drinking from these fountains all the time, the guide book warned against following suit, as quite often the water is unfiltered and can contain GI Ardia. I've completely avoided the water fountains, but also steered clear of tap water, just to be safe. So if it is GI Ardia that started a war with me (and I use the term war quite loosely, since it was a really one-sided conflict), he must have slipped behind my defences via the odd ice cube I've had, or perhaps through some water I might have ingested while rinsing after brushing my
How it happened is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is that I've continued my rather dubious and unwanted streak of gastrointestinal distress on the past few trips! Luckily, there is a little bit of wisdom in the Lonely Planet suggesting sufferers to fire a few missiles back at GI Ardia, in the form of a box Tindamax, which can be found at any local pharmacy. I'm still not sure if it was actually GI Ardia, but I'm assuming it was, given that shortly after the Tindamax, I felt much better.
While it's always bad luck to get sick while traveling, I'm grateful that GI Ardia's far more powerful ally, the super-evil Campy and Gang that mercilessly attacked me while in Phuket this past winter, stayed out of the fray. Given the choice between battling the two, I'd take GI Ardia any day, as he seemed to roll over quite easily once the correct weapons were fired at him, unlike Campy, who kept relentlessly counter attacking!
So unfortunately, my last evening in Armenia didn't quite finish off on a high note, but instead ended on a rather low one. You could even say that my last night in Yerevan was so bad,
The Peace Barrel ...
... the plan is to open this barrel of brandy once Armenia and Azerbaijan resolve their issues over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Based on what I've read about this conflict, hell is more likely to freeze over first.
I simply flushed it down the toilet ...
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