|Group shot with our Marshutka driver|
We decided to couchsurf again and experienced all the perils that come with this particular endeavor. Our first couchsurfer was a bit over the top, but welcomed anyone and everyone into his home. While this meant 3 days of sleeping on the floor using our coats and sweaters as pillows and blankets, it also meant meeting tons of new Peace Corp volunteers, travelers and Armenian University students. After growing weary of little sleep, a few of us headed to a different couch surfer who gave us a much quieter atmosphere, beds and yummy tea and jam. One of the reasons I love couch surfing is having the ability to find all the bars where the locals hang out. Sumit took us to this bar called Calumet where everyone was sitting on the floor on bean bags, drinking the local brew and enjoying each other's company. I'm not sure we would have found the bar otherwise...
There were about 7 of us ready to explore outside Yerevan so renting a Marshutka seemed to be the most cost effective decision. Our driver, Roman, was so wonderful. He and Michelle totally hit it off (probably because they could actually communicate with each other and carry on a conversation), but they ended up planning our next three day trips. Roman basically drove us all over Armenia. We visited many churches, monasteries and even a lake. Each famous for its own old (literally) reason.
|A beautiful church, that we actually didn't go inside... nor do I remember it's name.|
But look how pretty??!!
|Geghard Monastery - A beautiful monastery nestled up in the rock hills|
|Etchmiadzin - the mother church of Armenia - essential to the history of Christianity|
|Look how big Mt. Ararat is!|
|A few of us outside Novamonk Church - its setting was absolutely breathtaking|
|Group shot in front of the mountain!|
|We really couldn't get enough of the mountain, |
we had to sit down and ponder it for a while.
|Ice cream cones for 100 Dram! YES!|