First Impressions of Armenia

As I walked out of the Zvartnots Airport, I immediately knew my experience in the dazzling country of Armenia would be different. I feel, after being here for two weeks now, that Armenia cannot be compared to any other country that I’ve ever visited. Its authenticity and uniqueness satiates my appetite for travel like no …

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Mushmouth Armenian

Learning a language is hard, particularly in the early stages. Even in an intensive program, you're only in class so many hours a day. While I spent the last summer making vocabulary lists and flashcards and throwing myself into coursework, such bookish methods aren't the only way you learn words. Reflecting on my own learning …

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Armenian Hospitality: Not Just for Guests

In the U.S., if you want to get to another city, you look online to find the times, the prices, and the tickets. In Armenia, you ask your friend who asks her friend who asks his brother who knows the bus driver. And then you call the bus driver directly and he tells you where …

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Armenia and Kyrgyzstan

Instead of comparing Armenia to the U.S., I instead initially started off by comparing Armenia to Kyrgyzstan. Last summer, I spent two months living in Kyrgyzstan, which was the longest consecutive duration of time I’ve ever spent abroad. Armenia will come close but not quite top that at a six-week stay. Hence, I initially assumed …

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After the Honeymoon Stage: Discovering Everyday Treasures in Armenia

It's my fifth time visiting Armenia. I have already fallen in love with the pink tufa stones and busy streets of Yerevan. I have already been rendered speechless by a crystal clear view of Mt. Ararat. I have already felt the childish joy at seeing the singing and dancing fountains in Republic Square at night. …

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An Armenian-American in Georgia

I arrived in Tbilisi calm, without expectations. Maybe because it was almost 4 am when I finally stepped into my cab, or maybe because of my exhausting two-day layover in Munich, which included a missed flight and an unexpected friendship with a stoic Romanian stranger. In any case, my excitement quota had already been fulfilled …

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