Not long after I arrived here in Armenia (or maybe before?) Albert Poghosyan reached out to me and extended a kind invitation and welcome. He'd seen my TED Talk and learned not only that I was at least half-Armenian, but also going to be spending three months volunteering in Yerevan as a Kiva Fellow.
True to his word (thanks again, Albert!) we spent the better part of Sunday together, touring through some splendid museums and a shrinking historic district in downtown Yerevan: Kond
. With all the new construction going on and the rising value of the land there in the city center, these Armenians have been relocated to make way for new development. It's been a controversial matter here and I was just thrilled to see these winding streets while they were still here (reminded me of my tour of a Hutong district in Beijing
The massive derelict structure you'll see at the end of the collection is a Soviet-era hotel, now ruined.