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Armenia eco-camps entice more and more foreign travelers

Green tourism on the rise in Syunik

January 29, 2018
Armenia eco-camps entice more and more foreign travelers
Armen Kazaryan and Siranish Vardanyan, a married couple who moved from the Russian city of Sochi to Armenia, founded an eco-camp in Kapan, Syunik province in 2015. The venue is pretty popular among ecotourism aficionados, including cyclists, climbers and hikers from around the world. The couple have resolved to turn the initiative into a social entrepreneurship and develop Armenia’s southern communities by involving locals in the tourism market.

Snow art fest is one more reason to pack your bag for Armenia

This winter is ideal for it

January 27, 2018
Snow art fest is one more reason to pack your bag for Armenia
This year’s snow art festival, a.k.a Snowman 2018, will be held for the sixth time in the Armenian resort town of Jermuk, set to attract locals and foreigners, professionals and amateurs alike for a fun and effortless entertainment and a comfortable atmosphere. So it’s about time you reserve the weekend of February 17-18 to feel the community spirit in Armenia.

The craziest Guinness world records from Armenia

The cableway, the shoe and the unicycle

January 18, 2018
The craziest Guinness world records from Armenia
The Guinness Book of Records is full of incredible, unbelievable and sometimes even senseless achievements, like when a Japanese man broke the world record for the fastest 100m running on all fours or a lot of people who did all kinds of insane things using just one finger, their hair or teeth. Even ‘Game of Thrones’ is behind some pretty amazing records.

Wives wanted

Marriages by mail

July 26, 2017
Wives wanted
When the settlement of the western lands of North America started, men were the first to arrive. Some hoped to find gold, the others wanted to set up farms and begin a new life in a place with ample resources and unlimited freedom. However, there was one major problem: the lonely men needed women. Of course, there were females around, but their number was too small compared to the bachelors.

Holy Etchmiadzin prefers solar energy

Church invests in alternative energy sources

July 25, 2017
Holy Etchmiadzin prefers solar energy
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, which has always welcomed implementation of green technologies, is going to use solar energy to provide its constructions with hot water. Besides, with the blessing of Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II, photovoltaic array is being installed at the area by Optimum Energy company.

Friendship heals

Social relationships impact physical wellbeing

June 16, 2017
Friendship heals
There are many benefits to being supported by a strong social network. Moreover, a study says that more friends can actually make a person healthier. The research published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine in 2015 showed that social relationships impact not only our mental but also our physical wellbeing.

Working in Nuba Mountains

Armenian doctors return from South Sudan

June 13, 2017
Working in Nuba Mountains
Three Armenian doctors, who departed for South Sudan to temporarily substitute Aurora Prize winner Tom Catena, an American physician, who has been practicing in Gidel in the Nuba Mountains since 2008, returned to Yerevan on June 10, 2017. Dr. Tom, as the locals call him, spends all his time at the Mother of Mercy Catholic Hospital to care for the more than 750,000 citizens of Nuba amidst ongoing civil war. Upon their return, Hayk Hovhannisyan, Armine Barkhudaryan and Gevorg Voskanyan shared impressions about their mission.

‘Woman without paint is like food without salt’

History of makeup

May 26, 2017
‘Woman without paint is like food without salt’
The history of cosmetics spans at least 6000 years and is present in almost every society on earth. Some argue that cosmetic body art was the earliest form of ritual in human culture, dating over 100,000 years ago from the African Middle Stone Age. The evidence for this comes in the form of utilized red mineral pigments (red ochre) including crayons associated with the emergence of Homo sapiens in Africa.

Armenia among most religious and USSR-nostalgic nations

Facts and figures

May 11, 2017
Armenia among most religious and USSR-nostalgic nations
Nostalgia for the USSR is common among Armenians, and the majority identify themselves as followers of the Armenian Apostolic Church, according to a major new Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to religious identity, beliefs and practices, and national identity, the survey explores respondents’ views on social issues, democracy, the economy, religious and ethnic pluralism, and more.

Fashionable or absurd?

Horse in suit and pet boutiques

May 5, 2017
Fashionable or absurd?
While animal rights activists call to stop killing poor creatures to make fashionable dresses, some designers create clothes for favorite pets. Dressed dogs and cats are no longer a wonder, but in March 2016, the world saw a horse in a suit.
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