NOAH, SHOULD WE DOCK HERE?
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What I liked at this border town 20km from Iran? Nothing. It`s completely filth, full of trash and wasted plastics, and at the lateral parts of the road where the cargo lorries park, the ground looks like an oil field. No kidding.
Being a border town proudly display the characteristic uninteresting architecture, where almost every door is a shop trading with those that come and by.
Actually, after the shock I liked the open view of Agri Dagi also known by the biblical name of Ararat, the supposed dock of Noah`s boat.
To climb the mountain it`s necessary to pass here for last provisions and details. In case of going to Iran, the idea is to pick up any kind of wheels that goes there including the army. In my case, the car had a problem, so I had militaries hitch hiking with me. Nice protection.
Ani, remainings from a forgotten 'past'
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Traveling in to the depths of my country, Turkey was my dream for a long time. I had the chance to make it with friend of mine in th summer of 2006.
We were 2 young women full of energy and curiosity to discover the rest of the country (This is quite interesting for girls that want to travel alone in this country, but it is another topic for another time,that's for sure ! ) and our first destination was a remote ancient city called Ani, which is located in the Turkish province of Kars which is very close to Armenian border. The city was once the capital of a medieval Armenian kingdom.
In the main entrance to the city the first impresion of mine was ''Oh my God, it is most lonely and sad city I have ever saw. It was totally abandoned and the ruins of the medieavel churches were standing still out there as if they were living in the good old days of the kingdom.
At the height of its glory, Ani had a population of 100,000 - 200,000 people but now there were nobody except a little group of poor and hungry village children come to you to ask for money...We gave them some coins and left the city with a strange feeling of sorrow....