Author Archives: Aram Vardanyan

Forgotten Fairy Tale: An Abandoned Soviet Pioneer Camp

Forgotten Fairy Tail: An Abandoned Soviet Pioneer Camp

It is fascinating to think about how a place where life previously thrived can eventually become lifeless within a mere matter of years and be left at the mercy of nature. Once again, I had an exciting opportunity to find my way to the green mountains of Lori near the small town Spitak to see […]

How to Easily Get from Yerevan to Tatev Monastery (4 Options)

Yerevan to Tatev Monastery

If you are looking for how to travel from Yerevan to Tatev Monastery, then our guide will detail the process, showing you just how easy it is to get to Tatev from Yerevan (and back). Also, in this guide from Yerevan to Tatev Monastery, you will see how to make stops at Areni (cave) and […]

How to Cheaply Get From Tbilisi to Yerevan by Bus in 2021

Tbilisi to Yerevan by bus

The bus is not my preferred form of transport.  Actually, it is the type of transport I avoid like the plague.  But, when I travel from Tbilisi to Yerevan, I always prefer to travel by bus. Going from Tbilisi to Yerevan by bus, or marshrutka (a minibus still prevalent in many former-Soviet states), is cheaper, […]

Discovering an Abandoned Soviet Culture House in Shvani Dzor, Armenia

Discovering an Abandoned Soviet Culture House in Shvani Dzor, Armenia

After observing the wonderful and unique town of Mehgri, we discovered even more on our journey through the most southern part of Armenia. This time we went about 3 kilometers away to Shvani Dzor village. Initially, our main goal was to visit the popular and somewhat mysterious Arevik National Park. However, we asked Arevik rangers […]

20 Unique & Tasty Things to Do in Ashtarak

Things to do in Ashtarak

Sometimes we forget that we don’t necessarily need to take long adventure trips from Yerevan to experience another amazing Armenian wonder because the beauty of Armenia lies in mesmerizing sites that are most likely closer than you think. This guide contains wonderful things to do in Ashtarak, a stunning area located near Yerevan and other […]