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... complex being built by hermit monks. There are a great many caves here on 16 levels. It was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1089, then overrun by the Persians and the Ottomans in quick succession in the 16th century. Presently there are a hand full of monks living there.
L took me with her as we climbed up the steep rough track then up stone steps and finally steel and wooden ladders, the ladders were fine, it was after the top of ...
... this tent! For now I will do my best to make sure it is structurally sound. It may sound a little silly buy I still cannot believe I am in Srmenia.
In my mind, I am still figuring out what this means. We are in Asia. That is certain. Soviet Asia but Asia nonetheless. During the morning, the landscape changed a little. It was undulating hills/mountains with lots of ...
Sunday, 11 May
Initially Armenia was a little uninspiring. We made the jump straight from the Georgian boarder, which was once again pretty easy, to Yerevan, the capital.
Yerevan feels completely unconnected from the rural areas we drove through to get here. It feels like a show piece... all new and shiny. As Luke and I sat people watching, drinking coffee which cost us more than our evening meal the night before, we realised that we could have been anywhere. It ...
Wed, Nov 27
The hostel doesn't have enough visitors to run the tours today or tomorrow, so I set off on a day tour myself via the very inexpensive public transportation. Today's day trip would be to Echmiadzin on a very grey skied day. I would only see the sun for about 5 minutes today but luckily I really didn't rain.
Echmiadzin is basically the Vatican of the Armenia church. It is the most holy of all of the churches and serves at the school where the ...
... It seemed like a small number of people to be blamed for a genocide.
-----The article said that Enver, Turkey's Minister of War during WWI, was good friends with Germany. He'd fled to Germany before Turkey's surrender. He confidently predicted his country would be resuced by Germany once Bulgaria joined the Central Empires.
-----He and his two co-leaders once said the genocide had been necessary because Armenians were "troublesome". The two men ...