VIDEO of Three weeks hiking across Armenia
Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:09 PM
Over the course of 3 weeks in the summer two groups of Peace Corps volunteers in Armenia walked across the country, one from the south border and one from the north, teaching children along the way, and meeting in the middle of Armenia. This video compiles their accomplishments into countable results, along with pictures and short film clips to illustrate their amazing feat.
A photo taken of Armenian wilderneee during their hike of border to border
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:34 PM
As we stood under a tree, trying to rearrange the plastic coverings over our backpacks and bodies, a family of Armenians watched us from a balcony across the street. They started calling out to us, inviting us in for coffee, telling us how cold we were, and how we shouldn’t be out in such weather.
We gratefully accepted the invitation and went in for coffee. After coffee, they told us that we were hungry, and we should stay for lunch. So they cleared the table of everything, and re-set it for a meal. Then we proceeded to eat the best panir (cheese), ttoo (spicy pickles), and malena hyut (raspberry juice) any of us have had in country so far."
"Armenian hospitality is legendary, and having lived in Armenia for over a year now, we have experienced so much of it already. While on the road, we have experienced even more of it. As we mentioned before, we have gotten many friendly waves from passing cars and have had fruit forced into our hands. We have also been invited for many cups of coffee (that so far we’ve unfortunately had to turn down, as they have come at inopportune times for our walking schedule.)
"We also have been warmly welcomed in the places we’ve chosen to camp, which has worked wonderfully. For example, we walked halfway to Vanadzor yesterday from Dsegh, and came across a youth camp. There were a couple young kids and a few adults who we stopped to talk to, and they invited us to come set up our tents on their land. The kids were staying in a big building on the property, and we set up camp on the soccer field"
"We love all the friendly people who drive past, honking and waving. Sometimes we see hands waving out of all four windows! We also love the generous people who offer us free bags of fruit. Fresh apricots, mulberries, cherries, plums. This is definitely the season to be walking halfway across the country."
"Team South was fortunate enough to teach at the recently remodeled high school in the center of Sisian, in northern Syunik Marz. The school was in amazing shape and most of us were surprised at how good it looked and how nice the classrooms were (most of us TEFL volunteers usually teach in far less kept up schools). Despite the constant rain coming down outside , we had 37 children come to the high school and 6 team teachers to help us out. Many thanks to our team teachers, who were mostly older students from the school with stellar English skills. Also, we were very grateful to work with Venera Davtyan, the teacher at the high school who helped us organize and was incredibly helpful. The teaching went well and we feel that, especially with all the help we had, each lesson really had an impact on the kids we taught.
We should also mention that while we were setting up and waiting for kids to come in, Jack challenged a 9-year-old boy, Hakob, from the school to a few games of chess. Little did Jack know that Hakob was something of a local chess prodigy. He easily destroyed Jack three games to zero. Hopefully, Jack’s ego was hurt only a little from this chess massacre."
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:37 PM
"It sounds a lot different in theory than it feels in real life. Sore shoulders, blistered feet, achy knees. You ignore them all and push on, because the rest of the team is counting on you to be there with them, and the finish line in Yegheghnadzor isn’t going to get any closer if you’re sitting on your butt."
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:40 PM
The view right outside of Dsegh was incredible in the early evening light
View from Dsegh. Dsegh Cliff
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:52 AM
Posted 04 June 2013 - 04:21 PM
Posted 05 June 2013 - 01:28 PM
Border2border for June 2013 have started today on June 5. Usually takes a couple of weeks and you can follow them online at:
Contact "Armenian Extreme Club" NGO. This club organize hiking, climbing, camping and even caving tours with the cheapest prices in Armenia. Even the most part of armenian tour-operators hire their guides for this kind of activities from Armenian Extreme Club. The guides speak russian, english, french, turkish. For the same time if you need anything: maps, tents, sleeping bags, bagpacks, than you can take it from the club for FREE.
Contacts: Yerevan, Teryan 59
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