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[FAR’s Intern(s) in Armenia – Samantha]: En Route to Karabakh.

July 19, 2010

By Samantha McQueen

We left Yerevan to head to the Syunik region down south on our way to Karabakh. The roads were filled with actual Armenian cowboys and donkeys devouring the surprisingly green grass. It was interesting to see the different and naturally-occurring resources in the Armenian hills. The natives use the weeds to make Ourts tea and the valleys are filled with pomegranate, walnut, and hazelnut trees. It was breathtaking. Armenians are a very resourceful community.

And now since we’ve arrived… Tatev is my new favorite tourist destination! Not only did we drive through the world’s most exciting (and notably motion sickness-inducing) roads, but I actually touched a cloud. It’s disappointing that only 20% of Armenia’s tourists visit the spot. It probably (or more likely, obviously) has something to do with the roads. Our driver was a little old man from Goris who had spent 35 years just driving back and forth from Goris to Tatev. I felt more in touch with the locals in the city than I have anywhere else so far.

Ts’tesutyun for now!

En route to Tatev

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Credit: iPhone & Samantha McQueen

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