Why Armenia? (IV)

Noravank
Everyone who follows this blog knows that I currently live in Armenia. Everyone knows that I blog not only to document my travels and share hundreds of my pictures with you. One of the reasons why I keep blogging is to promote traveling in Armenia and South Caucasus.
I know many bloggers that visited Armenia. I even met some of them during their travels and I follow their sites daily. One day I decided to ask them to help me encourage people to travel to Armenia.
Every Monday from now on, I will be featuring travelers and bloggers that have visited Armenia. Every author will share three reasons to visit the country along with some great pictures taken by him/her while in Armenia.
Today I’m happy to present you Megan from MeganStarr.com

So, why Armenia?

It has been a year and a half since I had the pleasure of visiting Armenia. My trip to the Caucasus was going to be initially just Georgia and Abkhazia. After realizing one of my friends in the US had family in Yerevan, I decided to head there for a while during my month in the region to meet her family and check out this country she constantly raves about. Turns out, she had very good reason to rave about the place. I could have made a list of sixty different reasons, from cafes to the brandy/cognac, but I have narrowed down to my top three, saving the best for last.
Khor Virap Monastery and Mt. Ararat
The fruit: Never have I been to a region where fruit tastes so rich, so pure, and is always bursting with flavors. Living in Norway where fruit just doesn’t have the same powerful flavor, I would almost always opt for a chocolate bar over a tasteless, imported bundle of blueberries or bananas. But in Armenia, I will always choose the fruit over anything else offered to me. If you don’t believe me, buy an apricot from the market or a fruit stall there. It’ll change your life.
Pomegranate wine from Areni
Areni Wine Cellar
The landscape: It will humble you. Armenia is not as developed as some of its neighboring countries, but if you forget about the potholes in the road and the undeveloped infrastructure and just gaze out of the window of the car or bus to the countryside, you will be amazed at the beauty this country has to offer. History is ever-present, as you will see evidence in the stunning monasteries dotting the landscape or architecture so old you can’t even begin to wrap your head around it. The country is also allegedly where Christianity began. The countryside of Armenia tells stories- just make sure your eyes and ears are ready to listen.
Noravank Monastery
On the Road in Armenia
The people: Armenia has some of the most hospitable and generous people on the planet. I dare you to try to find people more kind and giving than those of Armenia. I had the pleasure of staying with an Armenian family when in Yerevan and I was simply left speechless at the altruistic nature of everyone I met. Armenia is by no means a rich land, but it may contain the richest of people. I don’t think the people I met there or the family I stayed with there will ever understand my gratitude for all they did for me and how much their hospitality impacted me now being able to say Armenia is one of my favorite places in the world. I have been to over 65 countries and Armenia is in my top three favorites and I don’t foresee any country pushing it out of that ranking…. ever.
 
About the Author 
Megan Starr is an American currently living in Oslo, Norway, but can usually be found on the road in search of cheaper beer and adventures. She has a passion for animals, craft beer, international cuisines, Soviet architecture and history, and American football. Her favorite countries are the United States and Canada (for their diversity- whether it be people, food, and/or landscapes), Armenia (the people, people, people!), and Norway (stunning landscape and it has been a good home to me for the last 3 ½ years even though I sometimes complain about the astronomical beer prices).
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