My first weekend in Yerevan

When I arrived to Yerevan (at 11:30 of the 21st november), Nune was waiting for me with Jacob and Martin, we went all together to the apartment where I will stay for the whole month.
The first interesting thing was the elevator! The keyboard of the elevator has 14 buttons in total, 12 for the floors, one for the bell and another for the bottom floor. However, the number 3 was modified (by hand) to 13, the number 8 was deleted, the button with the bell was modified to 8. So, where is the number 3? and which button should I push if the elevator stops?

Anyway, the apartment is very nice, on the 13th floor according to the elevator (but it is the 12th floor by counting each floor), well furnished and with a very nice view!

I spent the saturday by myself, unpacking and trying to organise my life in Yerevan. I went out for tourism and for learning my way in the city. My apartment is in Tumanyan street, very central, close to the opera house and to the french square and the cascade complex.

Cascade complex in Yerevan
Cascade complex in Yerevan
I met 2 girls, Sylvia and Sara that welcomed me to Yerevan! That was nice, they were very social and nice, they pointed me where to buy a map. In the end there was a small surprise! These girls were Jehova witness, and left me a flyer about that (they are everywhere!)

Trip to Yerevan

My flight from Copenhagen to Yerevan via Moscow, was at 23:40 on the 20th of November.
I arrived at Moscow at 4:05 am local time, the airport was empty. I easily found my way to the passport control and terminal D and here there was a small problem! On my italian passport there is a small mistake, there is an M on the sex! This made the Russians suspicious! An italian, living in Sweden, travelling from Danmark, going to Yerevan via Moscow with an M instead of an F! Maybe she is a terrorist! 😉 The person at the passport control made a phone call and I heard clearly the word “italian” while she was talking on the phone. After a few minutes finally she pointed at the M on the passport, said something, and then let me go through!
On both planes my seat was occupied, from Moscow to Yerevan the person sitting on my seat suggested me another place which was also occupied! :-/
On the plane from Moscow to Yerevan the passengers were circa 95% males, I could count only 3-4 females. Nune (my contact person in Yerevan) has told me that there are many Armenians males that are poor and go to Russia to earn some money, and then in this period they come back to spend Christmas with their family. I got exactly this impression on the plane, quite many emigrants that were going back home, since most of people had big sacks packed in cellophane (not ordinary suitcases).  To be continued…