Armenia and Georgia again, in Persian style

Yerevan -> Tbilisi, Georgia

Iran, oh Iran. It was part of my dream for this trip to visit Iran, but I was not able to because of visa issues. Hence, I came the way I came from Turkey to Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan to Central Asia. However, fate always has its own way of making things happen. After meeting Mehdi and Mahyar, I almost felt like I had a true experience of Iran.

I seem to be having writers block at the moment, so some highlights of the last few fantastic days riding with Mehdi and Mahyar.

Yerevan -> Sevan (and Lake Sevan)

– visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan

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– charging cell phones at the Iranian mosque in Yerevan

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– Mahyar belting traditional Persian songs while riding

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– super uphill day to Sevan; after not sleeping and eating enough the day before, I was exhausted, but the guys were a constant encouragement, and Mahyar even pushed me up the hill several times!

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– fish dinner at Sevan: delightful reward after a hard days cycling

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– peaceful night of camping at Lake Sevan

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Sevan -> Ijevan

– spooky tunnel, awesome downhill and fantastic scenery in to Dilijan, passing Armenia’s Silk Road

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– dancing at the cafe in Ijevan with 20 teenagers and aunties blasting music

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– buying raw fish from a local fisherman and barbecuing the fish at camp that night

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Ijevan -> Noyemberian

– 8am woke up and Mehdi and Mahyar’s BIKES WERE GONE!

– we were camped 5 km from the city of Ijevan. Hitchhiked to the police station, had tea and chocolate with a nice lady police officer. 2 police cars drove us back to the campsite.

– an Armenian guy and his Irish friend helped us tremendously by translating, the police searched the surrounding bush area, and eventually found the bikes stashed away in the bush!

– after this fiasco, we managed to leave camp by 12pm.

– riding past roads and villages previously belonging by Azerbaijan

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– really nice Armenian shopkeeper lady who was also the librarian at the school. she was very eager to speak English which is a nice change from the norm.

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– camped on farm

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Noyemberian -> Tbilisi, Georgia

– back into Georgia because that is the only way to get from Armenia to Azerbaijan

– at the border, the officer looked at my passport and looking at the Iranian guys and me, said ‘Iran and America, friends!’ I replied that people are friends but government are not friends! The officer laughed and said he knows, he was just joking. ‘Like Georgia and Russia!’

– the road is full of cherry and mulberry trees…yum!

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– finding couchsurfing host  in Tbilisi. Bahman, another Persian. SO EXCITED FOR A SHOWER. he was also hosting another Persian, Mahdi.

– two rest days in Tbilisi with all the Persians, because rest days are great. Met a bunch of wonderful people at the hostel Mehdi and Mahyar stayed at.

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Leaving for Baku, Azerbaijan now! To the Caspian Sea!

 

18 Thoughts on “Armenia and Georgia again, in Persian style

  1. Yuki on June 5, 2013 at 12:38 am said:

    Yay for awesome travel buddies, chubby faced babies, and friendly police officers! I’m really loving all the pictures :)

  2. Renay on June 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm said:

    Miss you MinWah!! Loving your pictures and posts and eagerly await each one. Thank you so much for the post card! Courtney’s social studies class studying about where you are and now her teacher is watching you….no pressure…lol!! Be safe and keep on writing! Panda reminds me of Flat Stanley :)

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  3. Katya on June 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm said:

    Amen to what Yuki said! I have been thinking about you and your amazing journey all the time. Glad to see you are having as many adventures as possible. Keep the rubber side down and the pictures coming! xoxo

  4. Creuza Simionatto on June 11, 2013 at 10:06 am said:

    Movies u could see about Georgia and Armenia: Chef in love, made in 1990’s, about a French chef who lives in Georgia in 1920’s, very, very good , and Ararat, made in 2002, about the genocide, based on the life of A Gorky, who emigrated to the US and painted his family, one can see the painting at the Whitney museum in NYC.

    MinWah, don’t u have a Hong Kong passport?

    Love the picture. Are u using sun block?

    Best, love, Creuza.

  5. sage on June 14, 2013 at 4:15 am said:

    You are truly inspiring to me.

  6. Yuki on June 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm said:

    Minwah! I went strawberry picking this weekend and it reminded me of your visit! I will definitely have to go blackberry picking again this year in honor of you. I hope all is going well, and miss you lots!

  7. NadineMD on June 25, 2013 at 7:35 am said:

    Singing adventure pirate!!!! Are you doing well? Thinking of you ….

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