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 […]

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 […]

Life Lessons in Armenia

Republic Square Yerevan

Tears welled in my eyes as I walked across the bridge leading to Georgia, an exit stamp from Armenia fresh in my passport. For the first time in over seven months on the road, I […]

Language Shock and Not Fitting In

  I want to love Armenia, I really do.   The country’s history is fascinating, dating back not centuries but millennia. It considers itself the cradle of Christianity, having adopted the religion 1700 years ago.  […]