Friday, 11 April 2014

Travel Update I: Sisani, Armenia


It's been longer than I expected sending an update on my travels for two simple reasons. Firstly, Google didn't like the fact that I was signing into my account from somewhere strange and so needed to send an SMS to a mobile to check that it was ok, and secondly, there aren't many internet cafes round here. Shock horror, does this mean I'll have to enter the modern age and buy some kind of mobile with internet (everywhere is offering wi-fi)!?

Paul and I started our travels in Amsterdam where we had a night's drinking before jetting off to Tbilisi. Then it was over the border to Armenia, a country that I've long wanted to explore.

What can I say about this place? It's a beautiful, bleak, friendly little country with the most beautiful women in all creation. What do I mean by this? Well, you know that famous person who's famous for being famous with her equally famous for being famous sisters? Well, she's ethnically Armenian. Imagine a country full of the Kardashians, (and I mean, with full figures like the Kardashians), and you're in Armenia!

Everyday Armenian scene...

But if the girls walking the streets are beautiful, then so too are the streets themselves. Yerevan, the capital city, was rebuilt completely between the 1920s-50s and the result is one of the most harmonious cities that I've ever been to. Highlights for me have to be the Cascade art complex and the dancing fountains in Republic Square every evening.

The Cascade

Dancing fountains

As well as the capital, we checked out the Holy See in Ejmiatsin, the home of the ldest Christian church in the world, the Khor Virap Monastery on the slopes of Mt. Ararat, (where Noah's Ark is said to have rested), and a stone circle 6,000 years old.
Khor Virap

Karahunj Stone Circle

Tomorrow though we leave Armenia for Nagorno-Karabakh, another country that isn't a country, carved out of the war of 1994 with Azerbaijan. I've heard there's lots of landmines there so here's hoping this isn't the last update to this blog...

Keep travelling!

Uncle Travelling Matt