My fiance left me for a manchild after seven years together, work laid me off and gave me six months severance, I have 50,000 aeroplan miles and a no interest in fucking SE Asia.
I speak three words of Russian and less Armenian. I'm taking a 22L klettersack, trusty boots, and my sense of adventure and hiking 120km through a country that doesn't exist: Nagorno-Karabakh. I understand that my killer pantomimes and high alcohol tolerance will find me a house to sleep in every night. The remaining minefields are mostly well-marked, these days.
Afterwards I'll rent a motorcycle and explore Amenia proper for another week and a half, before heading to Georgia for a time and then Turkey to explore Ani and Trezbond.
Leaving in three weeks, back in early August with a wild story for you all.
OP here, switched computers.
Reporting during will be hard, since I've no way to get pictures off my camera (though mobile data is only $15/gb). I'll probably be incognito till I get back, like OreTrain guy.
Being murdered or kidnapped is extremely unlikely, dying of alcohol poisoning from the local delicious fruit vodka is more likely.
Stepping on a landmine or cluster bomb is possible.
Nagorno Karabakh is not a fucking country or a wanna be country, but is disputed land between azer and armenia.
>maybe you should know things like that before you go into a mild war zone.
>like OreTrain guy
OP seems like pretty cool guy. I look forward to the return thread with pics and weird shit. You have balls, OP, and you sound like you actually might do it. I know nothing of the region, so I can't give any advice, but I applaud you.
So do it, faggot.
I'm actually heading to NK tomorrow.
What's up with all you faggots? What are you scared about? The border of the COUNTRY is quite strong. People die on the borders every day but I don't think I face danger going into the cities. My Armenian friends say don't fux with it but I think I'm cool.
If it's who I think it is, it's a guy that trainhopped on an ore train across northwest Africa and took tons of pics. Sleeping on rocks in the cargo trailers, taking pics, chilling with locals, etc. He made a great thread about it. Might be archived.
One thing that I remember him writing about specifically was how tourism dropped in the region because of fears of terrorism and that a travel advisory warning regarding Boko Haram or ISIS came out in most western countries. Evidence shows these groups were never active in the regions where the warning was issued, fucking the locals over who relied on the tourism monies.
OK here. Sweet! I hear the wildflowers are just starting now.
It's funny, I tell friends here in Canada that I'm just going to hike around drinking vodka with locals and eating delicious food and they look at me like I'm crazy, and assure me I'm going to get shot by rebels or something.
Top fucking kek, I say, the country is gorgeous and one of the friendliest on earth.
I pretty much hated Nagorno-Karabakh just because of how anti-muslim the locals were and proud of the way they built their "country" on ethnic cleansing. It's like Armenia but more conservative and more boring. Anyway, hope you have fun OP.