[Dispatches From Armenia]: Entering Nagorno Karabakh.

July 21, 2010

After traveling through liberated territory from Armenia to the entrance to Nagorno-Karabagh, we arrived in Shushi. The devastation from war is evident everywhere here in partially demolished buildings, strewn concrete, and rubble. Yet, construction crews are also working and there are some new buildings in progress. Together, we traveled to the edge of town, where once again I put my fear of heights aside and stood in awe of the astounding beauty of bright green mountains, rocky cliffs, and wide open sky. Afterwards we headed to Stepanakert, where the development is palpable. We are learning more and more each moment we are here about Karabagh’s growth, identity, determination, history, and its quest for recognition by the rest of the world. And every moment is fascinating.

Erin –

Check Point into Nagorno Karabakh


Credit: FAR Staff


  1. How many miles have you traveled and how far will you be from your home base? Are you staying in Hotels on this trip or with families? What is the quest for recognition from the rest of the world mean? What kind of recognition? Sounds exciting… MEH

  2. Not sure how many miles it was exactly, but it took us about 7 hours to travel from Yerevan to Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabagh, which we broke up with a fantastic overnight stay in Goris. We’ve been staying in hotels along the way.

    People in Karabagh we spoke to pointed that they ‘want the world to recognize their identity and independence.’

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