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Postcard: Border lessons, a fight over a “winged” flight, “Stonehenge” confusion

Postcard: Border lessons, a fight over a “winged” flight, “Stonehenge” confusion

The cramped minivan, the tour operator’s logo boldly emblazoned on its sides, bounced along the dusty main road leading to the outskirts of Yerevan. Sitting in companionable silence, occasionally jolted by an unexpected pothole, I sat among a mixed group of Armenian, American and German tourists. The bustling streets of Yerevan receded into the rearview […]

Postcard from Armenia: American journalism meets Armenian hospitality

Postcard from Armenia: American journalism meets Armenian hospitality

The minute hand of the ministry clock in Yerevan’s imposing Republic Square was inching dangerously close to my interview deadline as I barreled through the glass doors of the government building. “Five minutes to go,” I gasped to my colleague who had kindly offered her services as translator. We charged toward two bored-looking guards standing […]

Postcard from Armenia: Shopping Like a Local, and “Shnorhakalutyun, France!”

Postcard from Armenia: Shopping Like a Local, and “Shnorhakalutyun, France!”

A man wearing khaki shorts and sunglasses was blocking my way. In the cramped space between the meat deli and the shelves of neatly stacked lavash, or soft paper-thin layers of fresh bread, my half-full shopping cart and I came to an abrupt halt. A woman next to the khaki-clad man was arguing with a […]

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