A Trip to Noratus Cemetery

A long blue bus, the one imported from China to serve the Yerevan-Abovyan route, takes us out of Yerevan’s center to the road that connects Armenia’s capital with Gegharkunik and Tavush provinces, and particularly, with Lake Sevan. The bus is full, but we make our way out of it at the bus stop just after the Northern Bus Station. It’s noon. A warm and sunny February day. As we, me and my soulmate, Nané, reach the spot known to us from all of our previous trips along this road, we stretch our hands, thumbs up, and a minute later we get a ride from three friends who are driving their black Mercedes home to their village near Ijevan. They share their experiences in Russia – stories of their life and jobs in Siberia. Our conversation reminds me of my own adventures in Siberia.
On the Road from Yerevan to Sevan, Gegharkunik province, Armenia
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Sounds: Armenia. Mix One

From the day I’ve started this blog, I have always shared stories and photographs from my travels with you, dear Reader, but never sounds. The photographs tell us what the places look like, but how about how the places sound? Ever wondered what does Central Park in New York sound like, or a river in Himalayas, or a lake in Armenia? I did, but only after meeting Emée, a traveller from France together with whom we have hitchhiked the Silk Road of Armenia last year in November, I realized that I can share the sounds, too.

So, here’s what you’ll hear in the first sound mix: Bird and frog symphony that was recorded by the Gosh Lake in the early June this year on our way the Peace in the Middle East Rainbow Gathering in Armenia; a Hindu mantra, chanted by an Iranian yogi in the mountains of Tavush Province of Armenia; the third sound is of a piano, recorded in Yerevan at my friend’s place; dogs that met us with loud barking during a winter night walk near the city of Ashtarak, Aragatsotn Province of Armenia; jam session at the Main Circle of the Peace in the Middle East Rainbow Gathering in Armenia; Iranian song performed by a friend in Yerevan; Armenian live music performed in one of the Yerevan’s pubs, Calumet.

P.S. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Wish you all love, light, peace and harmony! May you be happy and may you shine bright!
P.P.S. Check out Emée’s Sounds of Travel

Photography: Hitchhiking Armenia’s Silk Road

Hard to believe, but yes… exactly one year ago, on a gloomy Wednesday morning of November 14th, 2012 together with Emée, a traveller from France (now a good friend, but complete stranger back then), we started out on our hitchhiking trip along the Silk Road of Armenia. Eight intense days on the road, during which our initial idea to compare the life of the Armenians along the Silk Road back in the old times and now transformed into something greater. Our adventure went beyond any terms and ideas, routes and destinations, and we simply allowed ourselves to be soaked in the daily routine of regular Armenians in the cities and villages. To read about our adventures on the Road, click here – Armenia’s Silk Road Trip – 2012. As for this post, I would like to share some photographs from the Silk Road Trip.

Near the village of Ptghavan, Tavush Province of Armenia.
Near the village of Ptghavan, Tavush Province of Armenia

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