|Tbilisi on the Mtkvari River - pre-dawn|
|The citadel just before dawn|
I know very little about Armenia. I know there was a genocide that took place around 1915, but that's all I know. In my Lonely Planet guide book for Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are also included, I have read a little about the other two countries, but nothing really piqued my interest. But, since I love going to new places - and my fellow-TLG teachers do, too - we decided to take a couple of days to check out the capital of Armenia.
We had planned to take a marshutka to Yerevan - a 5-hour drive south - but ended up getting a cab instead for only 5 lari more per person (not very much money). The cab was a Mercedes van that already held three passengers - some very nice college students from Armenia on their way back to Yerevan. The girl spoke pretty good English, so we talked a bit about Yerevan and Armenian language - she taught us a few words. The alphabet is another unique one, so we can't read it. But we weren't really concerned about lacking that skill. Since we'd only be in Armenia for two nights, how much trouble can we get ourselves into not being able to read??
|Armenian no-man's land - well, it may belong to whoever lives|
in those houses in the lower right corner...
After enjoying a night in the city - lights, color, Armenian wine and cognac, hummus and pita, olives, pedestrian-right-of-way, clean bathrooms, the list could go on - we decided that Armenia was fast-becoming one of our favorite places! Or, rather, Yerevan, specifically. I'm not sure I would like spending much time in the brownness of the "journey" that we took through the country. Today, I like my destination.