Hospitality
Hospitality

Like everywhere in the Caucasus, I would be invited to tea everywhere I went in Armenia. Soon I'd be spending the night. A guest is something to take pride in - and it gave some access to their actual lives. And a warm place to sleep.

 The Sevan Monestary, overlooking the Lake Sevan in central Armenia.

The Sevan Monestary, overlooking the Lake Sevan in central Armenia.

 Some children giggle at the site of foreigner in the mountain village of Garatomb.

Some children giggle at the site of foreigner in the mountain village of Garatomb.

Gas, not gasoline
Gas, not gasoline

A man explains how cars in Armenia are converted to run off of natural gas. Four out of the five cars I hitchhiked in were converted to gas. It costs under $200, requires filling your trunk with giant pressured canisters and cuts the price of fuel several times over. The only downside, I eventually found out, was that you don't want your car to get bumped the wrong way.

Hitchhiking
Hitchhiking

The road between Northern and Southern Armenia is a desolate place.

Picnic
Picnic
 A woman makes lavash (a flat type of bread) in the village of  Garatomb, Armenia.

A woman makes lavash (a flat type of bread) in the village of Garatomb, Armenia.

Gravestones
Gravestones

An intricate rock carving grave called a "Khachkar."

 A curious cow and her calf in the mountain village of Garatomb.

A curious cow and her calf in the mountain village of Garatomb.

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 A village in the South of Armenia.

A village in the South of Armenia.

Planting Potatoes
Planting Potatoes
Planted Potatoes
Planted Potatoes
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Tatev Monastery
Tatev Monastery
Lizard
Lizard

A high strung lizard in the Tatev Monastery, one of the many ancient fortresses and churches that dot Armenia. 

 A roadside picnic, the hitchhiking staple, consists of meat, flat bread, cuccumbers, tomatoes, salty cheese and vodka.

A roadside picnic, the hitchhiking staple, consists of meat, flat bread, cuccumbers, tomatoes, salty cheese and vodka.

Nostalia
Nostalia

A restaurant, whose owner collects Soviet items and makes a fine Kebab. His parents run a small homestay in the town of Goris. The Soviet Union is missed by many people in the countryside - often recalled as a time before the wars, fractured borders, economic collapse and brain drain that followed the dissolution of the empire.

Feasting
Feasting

Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.

 Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.

Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.

 Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.

Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.

Always time for tea
Always time for tea

My final hitchhike: A bit of tea with an Iranian I flagged down en route from Tehran to Yerevan, Armenia.

Hospitality
 The Sevan Monestary, overlooking the Lake Sevan in central Armenia.
 Some children giggle at the site of foreigner in the mountain village of Garatomb.
Gas, not gasoline
Hitchhiking
Picnic
 A woman makes lavash (a flat type of bread) in the village of  Garatomb, Armenia.
Gravestones
 A curious cow and her calf in the mountain village of Garatomb.
DSC_7557.jpg
 A village in the South of Armenia.
Planting Potatoes
Planted Potatoes
DSC_6988.jpg
Tatev Monastery
Lizard
 A roadside picnic, the hitchhiking staple, consists of meat, flat bread, cuccumbers, tomatoes, salty cheese and vodka.
Nostalia
Feasting
 Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.
 Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.
Always time for tea
Hospitality

Like everywhere in the Caucasus, I would be invited to tea everywhere I went in Armenia. Soon I'd be spending the night. A guest is something to take pride in - and it gave some access to their actual lives. And a warm place to sleep.

The Sevan Monestary, overlooking the Lake Sevan in central Armenia.

Some children giggle at the site of foreigner in the mountain village of Garatomb.

Gas, not gasoline

A man explains how cars in Armenia are converted to run off of natural gas. Four out of the five cars I hitchhiked in were converted to gas. It costs under $200, requires filling your trunk with giant pressured canisters and cuts the price of fuel several times over. The only downside, I eventually found out, was that you don't want your car to get bumped the wrong way.

Hitchhiking

The road between Northern and Southern Armenia is a desolate place.

Picnic

A woman makes lavash (a flat type of bread) in the village of Garatomb, Armenia.

Gravestones

An intricate rock carving grave called a "Khachkar."

A curious cow and her calf in the mountain village of Garatomb.

A village in the South of Armenia.

Planting Potatoes
Planted Potatoes
Tatev Monastery
Lizard

A high strung lizard in the Tatev Monastery, one of the many ancient fortresses and churches that dot Armenia. 

A roadside picnic, the hitchhiking staple, consists of meat, flat bread, cuccumbers, tomatoes, salty cheese and vodka.

Nostalia

A restaurant, whose owner collects Soviet items and makes a fine Kebab. His parents run a small homestay in the town of Goris. The Soviet Union is missed by many people in the countryside - often recalled as a time before the wars, fractured borders, economic collapse and brain drain that followed the dissolution of the empire.

Feasting

Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.

Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.

Celebrations at the christening of a child near the village of Khndzoresk, in the South of Armenia.

Always time for tea

My final hitchhike: A bit of tea with an Iranian I flagged down en route from Tehran to Yerevan, Armenia.

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