Travel

A Journey Through Armenia

During the month of May, I traveled to Colombia. I traveled to the Netherlands. I traveled to Armenia. I am now in Washington DC for a summer internship as I have a break in my coursework before beginning again in September. I am extremely grateful to have had this time to visit people I love and to explore new and exciting places in the world.

I am happy to have spent one week in Armenia, with 20 other graduate students from my school, and led by an Armenian-Canadian classmate. We spent much of our time learning about Armenian history, cultural, art, religion, economy, and political system.

While I am not going to go into the long and complicated history of Armenia, here are a few interesting things about the country (and some lovely photos):

  • First nation to adopt Christianity as a religion in 301AD
  • Known as the “land of churches,” as there are over 4,000 monasteries in the country
  • It has its own alphabet
  • There are just less than 3M people who live in Armenia but about 7M people who identify as Armenian and live outside the country (the Armenian diaspora)
  • Only about 28 countries have recognized the Armenian genocide which killed over 1.5M Armenians starting in 1915
  • Last year there was a velvet revolution where the Prime Minister peacefully stepped down and a new Prime Minister was elected, ending a period of much corruption. And now, many Armenians are very optimistic about the political and economic prospects for the country.

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We should keep learning history and try to understand identities to make sense of the human connection and our species evolution and journey. I am grateful to have spent some time in Armenia to have thought about their history and formation of a strong identity – one that ties together a group of 10M people around the world.

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