Category Archives: Shirak

How One Man from Gyumri Turned War Waste into Wearable Art

How One Man from Gyumri Turned War Waste into Wearable Art

In a small cement-walled studio, a middle-aged man stands next to a workbench surrounded by ceramic urns. On the wooden bench sits a plate of rusted bullet shells. Placing a shell in his palm, he presses the metal down with pliers until it flattens out. This is the story of a Gyumri man who took […]

How to Visit Lake Arpi National Park (and Why You Should!)

Lake Arpi National Park in Armenia

Lake Arpi National Park was one of those places that was on my ‘Armenian bucket list’.  The remoteness of the lake and park, in addition to my minuscule knowledge about Shirak, added to its appeal and I had hoped that one day I’d make it up that way. In July, Aram and I planned a […]

Gwoog Gastrohouse: A Delicious Slice of Home in Gyumri

Gwoog Gastrohouse: A Delicious Slice of Home in Gyumri

Gwoog Gastrohouse is easily one of my favorite places to eat in Armenia. I am a rather picky eater (not picky with ingredients- more so with quality) and I feel as though I have found a home at this Gyumri restaurant. Opened in July 2019, Gwoog has been serving the hungry residents of Gyumri and […]

Trchkan Waterfall: How to Visit + Tips from My Trip There

Trchkan Waterfall in Armenia

Looking to visit another stunning Armenian waterfall? This is a quick guide to visiting Trchkan Waterfall – including a few facts about it, my experience traveling there, and how to get there. Have you been to Trchkan Waterfall? Let us know your experience in the comments and any tips you may have for other travelers! […]

Visiting Harichavank Monastery: Tips, History, & More!

Harichavank Monastery

A gorgeous monastery in the Shirak marz that definitely doesn’t get the attention it deserves is Harichavank Monastery. This post will detail its history, my experience visiting Harichavank, and some tips about how to get there. If you are a fan of this site, you should already know that the city of Gyumri is a […]

Spending Time at the Mindful Herbs & Honey Teashop in Gyumri

Spending Time at Herbs & Honey Teashop in Gyumri

Every once in a while you stumble across a business that just exudes altruism and positive vibes.  While these businesses are far from being ever-present, they are the ones that you’ll never forget and that you can’t wait to recommend to others.  This is Herbs & Honey Teashop, a wonderful cafe in Gyumri. Spending Time […]