Three months ago we arrived to Armenia to study at one of the Armenian Universities within Erasmus+ Project. The first day we wondered "And who made us do this?", From the second day we started thinking "We didn't know exactly why we did it , but it was the right thing".
It has been shocking for us in the first days how people reacted when we told them we are Italian: they were very happy and started telling us a lot of things they know about Italy (musicians, filmmaker, singers, and so on).
Yerevan is a beautiful city with many attractions, cafes and clubs and nightlife. But it is also so different. You are strolling along Saryan Street with a lot of modern wine shops and then you found yourself at one of the oldest districts in Yerevan-Kond.
We have liked Armenia not only for its places, but also for people: they are hospitable and not so different from Italian people. They are also very helpful people, with a great cultural identity.
Another interesting aspect is that we could have met people from different Middle East countries and it has been interesting to understand some points of view on some topics from non-European people, like Syrian, Iranian, Georgian, Lebanese, and so on.
Armenia is extremely contrasting, it is the perfect combination of Europe, Asia, and Caucasus, it is a cultural, architectural and artistic treasure; Armenia is both the endless and noisy traffic of Yerevan and the silence of monasteries where time has stopped.
When we came to Armenia we didn’t know almost anything about this country, just some history linked to Armenian Genocide. After three months, we can say we’ll go back to Italy with a quite deep knowledge about the identity of this small but great country, its people, its history, its traditions.