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“Unbelievable “Rendezvous”
Thursday, 29 May 2008
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Last summer in July-August, 2007 I spent my holiday in Armenia Hrazdan town not far from Yerevan (the Capital of Armenian Republic) with my relatives. My son was eager to join me, but that time he took part in European Youth Cup championship in Poland.

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At last he had an opportunity to fly to Armenia for a fortnight's holiday. Just in case he took with him the map (the internet search results) of Armenian best climbing routs in Arzni, Bjni, Noravank, Aragats and some other places… To cut a long story short we took a taxi and proceeded the rocky parts of Armenia. On our way to rocky places searching we met 2 hikers from Minsk (Byelorussia)-Yuri Sokolov and his friend. They didn’t know about the routs we were looking for either. We walked around up and down among those gigantic rocks finding nothing of the kind then. After the long quest for those climbing routes which we had marked them before, we decided to take a short rest and have a bite in a nice coffee located near the bridge on the soundly river under the oak trees in the open air (…it was marvelous!!!) We sat at the table looked through on a menu… delicious and gourmet food, such as roasted fresh fish ‘Ishkhan’ (trout ), kebab with lavash (Armenian bread) and spices and many other appetizing food…

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We were delighted with the nature surrounded by highly proud rocks and clean air. Suddenly looking about, we noticed some people nearby settled down climbing. They were members of Armenian “Spitak” rescue team-Mkhitar with his friends and guests from America. And it was the beginning of our acquaintance. …Next week Mkhitar organized bouldering in Hrazdan canyon inviting my son, me and pretty couple Ando(photographer) and Vergine there. Here are some Ando's photos of that unforgettable day :)

 
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