My Birthright journey was the best experience in my life. While I have been very happy about this opportunity, I am sad to leave it behind. These three months have passed very quickly. But now I find myself reflecting on the incredible experiences and unforgettable stories that have shaped my journey. From the stunning landscapes to the warm-hearted people, my time in Armenia was a kaleidoscope of emotions, learning, and personal growth. My memories are a tribute to the transformative experience I have had.
The Arrival: Embracing Armenia's Beauty
Armenia, with its land rich in history and culture, opened its arms wide to welcome me. As I set foot on its soil, I was immediately drawn to the scenery that unfolded before me. My first big excursion was to the Syunik Region, which impressed me so much. We explored the Khendzoresk swinging bridge and the breathtaking Tatev monastery, surrounded by mesmerizing nature on the longest reversible aerial ropeway. During other excursions explored the beautiful landscapes of Dilijan, hiking from Parz Lake to Goshavank with the Kharuyk, and the sparkling beauty and fresh air of Lake Sevan.
During my visit to Verin Bazmaberd Martyrs in Armenia, I was deeply moved by the solemnity and significance of the site. Standing there, I reflected on the historical importance of the site and the stories of those who laid down their lives for the ideals they held dear. The experience was a poignant reminder of the importance of preserving the memory of these martyrs and the lessons they teach us about the enduring strength of the human spirit.
Global Connections and Local Delights
Birthright Armenia introduced me to an incredible group of fellow participants from all over the world. Together, we navigated the landscapes of Armenia and forged friendships that transcend borders. Shared laughter, havaks, participating in community service projects, and many other events were the best ways to immerse in Armenian heritage and culture. I feel so lucky to be part of this community and the friendships we created. Together on all our adventures, we enjoyed the good company of villagers, tasting their delicious food like local khorovats, lavash, and famous local wine. Armenian cuisine has been a revelation, offering flavors and dishes that are a true reflection of the nation’s identity, and the hospitality traditions in Armenia reflect the warm generosity of local people.
Armenia: A Destination for All
Whether you seek adventure, tranquility, or cultural exploration, Armenia has it all. I bid you farewell with a heavy heart, and leave Armenia carrying unforgettable memories. Birthright Armenia has gifted me with not only unforgettable memories but also a deeper understanding of the world and my place in it. My journey here has been a chapter filled with personal growth, cultural immersion, and connections that span continents. Armenia will forever remain a part of me and I can only hope that my stories will inspire others to embrace the unknown and embark on journeys of their own, discovering the world's wonders and their own inner strength along the way. I wish you all nothing but the best as you strive to achieve your goals and dreams. Spend your best time during your Birthright journey as much as you can.
Hopefully, I will see you again. Seza