Category: 2012

In some ways the May 2012 visit to Eastern Turkey is complementary to the trip to Armenia two years earlier. We had always seen majestic Mount Ararat in the distance and this evoked the desire to get closer to the mountain. The trip also had a political dimension. The border between Armenia and Turkey is closed due to the twin dispute about the Armenian genocide during World War I (which Turkey wrongfully denies) and the more recent conflict concerning Nagorno-Karabakh (in which Turkey sides with Azerbaijan). From Armenia, you can often see Ararat but you can never reach it. […]

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