Examining Perceptions of Armenia

Before coming to Armenia, I had a very narrow understanding of what Armenia was. I think I had the same misconception as many people from the US did, that Armenia was just a country that had been greatly impacted by its historical tragedies. The Armenian Genocide, repression under the Soviet Union, the destructive earthquake in …

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A Water Fight in Armenia

Armenia is the land of free water. On July 28th is Armenia’s annual, countrywide water fight. This is a day that only Armenia has. The name of this day is “Vartavar” or “Jurotsi” in Armenian. I have never experienced such a phenomenon anywhere else, and this is truly an unforgettable time. I recommend anyone who …

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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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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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