Day 15/16, Yerevan – Noyemberyan

Tag 15, July 22nd, Wed, Yerevan – Noyemberyan

Yerevan-NoyemberyanIt was time to leave Yerevan and to go to Georgia. First I went by bus to Aparan. There it was raining for the first time during that journey. Initially I wanted to get to Georgia, but it got later and later although hitchhiking did not go that bad.
So since R. told me she was living in a village near the Georgian border and would be happy if I came by, I changed my plan to crush there.
At here place the whole family was together. Her mum had a East German pen pal during Soviet Union. So I translated some of the letters since strangely the German girl didn’t write in Russian. For the next day everyone prepared a special breakfast: A soup with the feet of a cow and Vodka respetively Chacha (a 70% super delicious alcohol).
So I will tell of the next morning: Maybe for breakfast it sounds a bit nasty to eat cow feet soup and drink strong alcohol. But hell, it was delicious! Bread was served as well and one of the family’s friend showed me his chacha distillery. Chacha is a made of fruits (often mulberry) with a high percentage of alcohol (between 50% and 70%) and as I said before it is really delicious. It was a great experience, thanks to R.

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Day 11-14, Yerevan II

Day 11, July 18th, Sat, Yerewan V, Geghard

Yerevan III went to Geghard to a famous monastery that is partly built into stone. Then I went back to Garni where there’s a thousand year old temple. Beneath runs a river that was also flowing next to the monastery. I followed it and wanted to get to its water mouth, but I failed. At least on the way I took a refreshing bath and could enjoy the landscape. Shortly before the water mouth I had to stop and get to the nearest road because it was starting to get dark and I somehow made a way myself. So I climbed up on the plateau and went to the road that was not that busy. But I was lucky because after only 45 minutes a car stopped – six people were already sitting inside, but hey, we weren’t in Germany so no problem.

Day 12, July 19th, Sun, Yerevan VI, Sevan Lake

In the morning we got up quite early because we were about to go to Sevan Lake by train. When we arrived, friends from Alex already built some kind of stone stove with mushrooms roasting.
Later we set up a tent over this stove and the natural sauna. Inside we pour water mixed with herbs on the stones to create a quick heat. After 10 minutes it was the womens turn and we jumped into the clear lake. It was such a great experience!

Day 13-14, July 20th-21st, Mon-Tue, Yerewan VII-VIII, Echmihadzin, old castle

I went to Echmihadzin, the religious centre of the Armenian Church. Naturally I peaked into some of them. The next day Arpik, Alex and me went to the old castle of Yerevan.

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Day 7-10, Yerevan I

Day 7, July 14th, Tue, Stepanakert – Yerevan I

Stepanakert-YerevanBefore hitting the road to Yerevan I went to the post office and then via Goris in direction to Yerevan.
I arrived at 7pm and stay with Alexander, a former classmate whom I met in Iran. He was living in Yerevan with his wife and daughter.
Later that evening we went to the centre where the play of fountains is accompanied with colours and classical music.

Day 8, July 15th, Wed, Yerevan II, Hatis

Alex recommended many things to do around Yerevan. But since he was busy I contacted R. whom I got to know on Couchsurfing. With her I went to Hatis mountain, taking the bus and hitchhiking then. Unfortunately the people didn’t know the area very well, so our hike took really long, but was super nice.

Day 9, July 16th, Thu, Yerevan III, Aknasar

The next day R., Arpik (Alex’ wife), Arvani (their daughter), Alex and me hiked to Aknasar mountain. We started at noon which was the reason why we didn’t make it to the summit. We passed a camp of Yazidis, who invited us for coffee and very delicious bread and cheese. As we continued an aggressive bull nearly attacked us.
On the way back we went to the Yazidis again to buy some of their delicious cheese.
It was nearly dark when we reached our start position and hitchhiked a truck with straw – but only for 500m to a farmer where we were invited for coffee again. R. taught me that is important for men in Armenia to shake each others hands when one is entering the room – apart from knowing each other or not.
In the end one family member took us to Abovyan and from there we went by taxi back to Yerevan.

Day 10, July 17th, Fri, Yerevan IV

I strolled through Yerevan, going to parks, the Genocide memorial and other sights. I met an American hitchhiker who was going to Georgia and helped her find the right way.

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