Why Armenia? (X)

Sanahin
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 Kami from Kami and the rest of the world
So, why Armenia?

Landscape


You fall in love with some places from the very first moment while it takes time to appreciate others (and then go crazy about them). My story with Armenia falls into the second category. I’ve been there twice so far and I know I will return there many more times. My first visit was in the summer of 2012 – a year before I was in neighbouring Georgia and I loved it, I found cheap tickets to Yerevan and that’s how I ended up there. But Armenia was nothing like its northern neighbour. I enjoyed it a lot but at the same time I felt kind of disappointed, for no big reason. After returning however I couldn’t get the country out of my head and kept plotting my return that finally happened this April when amazing Zof genuinely hosted me in Yerevan. After almost two weeks in Armenia I was lost in love with it and I can recommend it to everyone! If I have to limit myself only to three reasons why this Caucasus country is among my fave here they are:

the history. Everywhere in Armenia you stumble into history. All over the country you can find impressive centuries-old monasteries (did you know that Armenia is the oldest country in the world with the Christian religion?). My personal favourites were Noravank and Sanahin – both located in the remote areas and both a truly stunning and spiritual places! But to me more important was learning about the Armenian genocide, one of the most tragic events of the 20th century that sadly not many people remember about. When you visit Yerevan be sure to go to the Genocide Memorial (or better even start your sightseeing of the city there) – it will help you understand this small Caucasus nation and the place you’re about to explore. It was probably the most touching museum I’ve ever been to!

Sanahin, Armenia
Sanahin, Armenia
Armenian Alphabet

the food. It is a silly reason and you can say the same about most of the countries. But the food in Armenia is so damn delicious! During my recent visit together with Zof we’ve spent a big part of our afternoons in the restaurants, stuffing ourselves with one of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever had (you never can go wrong with vegetarian dolma!) Vegetarians will find themselves in the food paradise too – at least I was! The fruits and vegetables in Armenia were the best, they’ve tasted just like in my childhood! Eating in Armenia is a pure pleasure and it’s so easy to lost yourself among all the delicious food! Just don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Armenian Dinner
Cafe Garden, Yerevan
Cafe Culture

Yerevan! The capital of Armenia is already a good reason to visit the country. Unfortunately the majority of people who visit it can’t see how cool the city is, it doesn’t leave a very good first impression. But if you give Yerevan a chance you won’t be disappointed! The incredible cafe culture, the contemporary art, the young vibe with the old times feel… I can go on and on about why Yerevan is awesome but I have a better idea – you better go there and see it yourself!

Yerevan skyline

I can go on and on about how incredible Armenia is, why you should go there right away and why you will love it. But at the same time I hope not too many people will discover it so it will stay like it is now – off the beaten path, undiscovered and simply great!

About the Author
Kami is a solo female frugal traveler from Poland. She works full time and balances her job with extensive travels all over the world. She adores discovering off the beaten path places (especially in Central Europe) and exploring alternative spots, street art scene and local cafe culture.
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