Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Armenian Genocide Memorial, Yerevan, Armenia

When I first arrived in Armenia just over three years ago, I wasn’t familiar with the Armenian genocide. To be honest, I’m not sure I had ever even heard those words together. I was enamored […]

Gyumri: Two Decades After the Earthquake

When an earthquake strikes, it can garner a lot of attention in the days and weeks that follow. I can clearly remember being glued to my television set watching the aftermath of the earthquake in […]

The Great Haircut Smackdown: USA vs. the World

On a Saturday afternoon in mid-October, I nervously sat down on a black leather chair in a hair salon on the outskirts of Moscow and held my breath. I had been on the road for […]

Travel in the Caucasus: Comparing Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

Batumi, Georgia

My first impression of travel in the Caucasus region was a good one, arriving in sunny Batumi, Georgia to a warm welcome from the immigration officers. One night later, I was on an overnight train, […]

Five Favorite Things in Armenia

Marmashen, Armenia

Ah, Armenia. So many ups. So many downs. So many great memories and a few bittersweet ones as well. I have said before that my time in Armenia wasn’t so much about the country itself […]

Armenia, Take Two

There is something incredibly comfortable about returning to a place for a second (or third or fourth) time. You know how to get around, you know where to go, and you know how things work. […]

Yerevan’s Envoy Hostel: Living Up to the Hype

Envoy Hostel, Yerevan, Armenia

Envoy Hostel is the oldest and most well-known hostel in Yerevan, Armenia. With such a reputation, I couldn’t help but wonder if it would actually live up to the hype. I’m happy to report it […]

Birthright Armenia: More Than Just a Volunteer Experience

Lake Sevan, Armenia

“The movement, migration or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland; people settled far from their ancestral homelands.” This is one of the definitions of the word “diaspora” – a word […]