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... is a moonscape of broken rocks, for all the world like solid rock has been rough-ploughed like a field of potatoes after cropping. It is extraordinary.
The road has no kerbs or white lining. Huge trucks grind up the steep slopes or thunder down the inclines as we rise to over 2,500 metres. The vast plains below disappear in the haze where the high peaks of the surrounding mountains can ...
... to Kars, in the northeast. I found a family who rented me a room in Doguybeazit (by Mt Ararat), and yes Erin, they had chickens (pic included)! As Mt Ararat is a closed military area do to its proximity to the Iran and Armenian borders, I didn't feel like dealing with the 2 day to 2 week bureaucratic hassle of getting a permit, nor the fee required, to climb the mountain. In Kars I visited the medieval Armenian city of Ani and did a day hike ...
... tent like clothes made but as it was Ramadan it wasn't going to work out. So we ploughed the shops and managed to find baggy pants (trousers for the Brits) and baggy long sleeved tops, plus some giggling sale assistants helped us with choosing and donning a bandanna type under hijab and a hijab - just a scarf or pashmina. We looked awesomeness! Well...at least we thought ...
... advantage of it being a Sunday and fine weather to park up and have a huge familial BBQ on the side of the road. And when I say a lot of people, I mean hundreds of them and some had 40-50 people at which was interesting given the sliver of land between the lake and the road was not more than 4-5 metres at its maximum.
I arrived and checked into my lovely and extremely cheap hotel. It was large and quiet so I assumed that when I went to dinner it would ...
... I walked around for ages trying to find my bus, or even a hint of the bus company who issued my ticket. Eventually a helpful security guard walked me to the back of the station and pointed to an idling bus and told me to run to it. So I walked quickly, as it’s difficult and very sweaty to run with my bags on my back. The attendant first just shook his head and said no, but after I refused to get out the bus the driver asked to look at my ticket, and told me ...