My latest obsession when it comes to living abroad for cheap has been a little country called Armenia.
A former USSR state, it was the first nation to formally to adopt Christianity in the 4th century. It is a landlocked country, bordered by Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, and Georgia. There are only 3 million citizens in the entire nation, nearly a million of them live in the city of Yerevan.
According to expatriate articles and information that I have read, Armenia is relatively crime free. It also is a very poor country, and it is at odds with both Turkey and Azerbaijan, which sometimes leads to conflicts on the border.
What has intriqued me is it’s rich history, cost of living, and obscureness. Lately I’ve been planning a list of the more obscure countries that I can visit for a few months at a time, and live decently on an income of $500.00 US dollars or less. My other requirement is that the country has a somewhat reliable ISP. Since I make most of my money online and in US dollars, this is vital to me.
Perhaps I am romanticising the idea of living there, but I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to immerse myself in a completely foreign land that is off the beaten tourist path.
Some of the sites I have been frequenting for information about Armenia include:
Living in Armenia – This one is so well written, it sounds almost too good to be true.
Armenia Directory – One of the oldest website dedicated to Armenia. A wonderful resource, with blogs and message boards from Armenian citizens.
Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Naturally, for visiting other country, you might want to know a little bit about governmental regulations that you will be required to follow.
On a foot note, all 4 members of System of a Down are of Armenia heritage.
Rock on. I’m reading about Armenia history right now, maybe I’ll post some interesting tidbits.