The thing about our visit to Armenia was how hard they are trying to be independent in a sea of hostility - borders with Turkey are closed because Turkey does not recognize the border (Mt. Arrarat is in Armenia and is a Turkish icon) and refused to admit that the Armenian genocide occurred. Azerbaijan also doesn't recognize that Armenia even exists - maps in that country simply say that all of Armenia belongs to them. Between the two countries is a no man's land that Armenia recognizes and Azerbaijan does not. There is almost no industry in this country because outside countries are unwilling to risk investment. As our guide stated, nobody is too sure how many people live in Armenia as so many have had to move for work.
|On our way into Yerevan, we passed this display of sculptures - |
letters in the Armenian language, important historical figures
and other random bits of things that tell Armenians that they are who they are.
|I had been waiting for almost a month for Mikkel to find|
some interesting creature to share with us.
|Fascinating sculptures in Yerevan - paid for by foreign philanthropists.|
|I wish I remembered the story of this flower seller - the statue recognized|
an actual person.
|Memorial to the Armenian genocide. Simple yet powerful.|
The flowers are laid one by one by family members coming to
remember their loved ones.
|Our hotel was on the riverside. Not convenient to the CBD|
and museums, but a great place to walk and explore.
Where there is water you will find fishermen.
|Our last campsite in the Lori (honest) region on our way back to Georgia.|
All covered up in rain gear to keep us dry from a lovely storm that passed through.
|Steve started it.|
|but then Jason show off all those years of gymnastics|
as a kid are skills you can always call on
|Then there is the distraction of a pretty flower.|