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.
People make the country unique. Armenian smile almost all the time and are very helpful. I remember when we were hitchhiking around Armenia and it wasn’t even 10 minutes when drivers stopped to take us. Sometimes they invited us for simple lunch, some other time helped us to find the place for camping (“You cannot stay here because of wolves!”). One of them even paid for our bus although we refused at the beginning (it didn’t help – he was too convincing!). Armenians are one of the most warm and kind nations we have ever met!
For me Yerevan is amazing. It’s the most beautiful socialist city, because of pink tuff (kind of volcanic stone) which is used as a building material. Yerevan is also very green city – with many parks and trees in the centre.
People of Yerevan seem to be very social. There are cafés, bars and restaurants on almost every corner and when you go for a walk in the late evening during Summer, you can see that the streets are crowded and life just starts! It’s because of the heat – during the day it’s too hot to have fun, so the city lives at night!
3. History and monuments
I love to learn about history of particular countries, especially when it’s eventful and complicated. The history of Armenia is really interesting, in the past it used to be a huge country in the corridor connecting Europe with Asia, but the location was unfortunate for those lands and made them vulnerable to many invasions.
Wherever you go in Armenia you can find many monuments and places that tell you about different historical periods: some of them are from early Armenia, just few decades after it became a first Christian country in the world, some other are connected to 20th century.
But the most amazing of all is Mount Ararat, the silent witness of all events – the good ones and the bad ones. According to the tradition, the Noah’s Ark landed on the site of Ararat and the nation of Armenia comes from Noah’s grandson, that’s why it’s the symbol of Armenia. The most ironic thing is that Ararat, which can be seen from Yerevan and many other places there, today is in Turkey and both countries have very difficult common history and cold relationship novadays. However, the mountain itself is amazing and hypnotizing, and this is the view that will leave a mark on you and you’ll never forget it.
About the Author
Hanna Sobczuk is a Polish blogger at Hanna Travels, who fulfills her dreams by her personal game called the Bucket List Challenge and also focuses on inspiring other women to travel.