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Here is our Newsletter #10!
Goodbye Georgia

We spent around seven weeks in Georgia. It was a country we did not had any expectations to. But, obviously, we really liked it there.
After our short trip to Azerbaijan, we visited two different mountain areas in northeastern Georgia. They are part of the Great Caucasus. The region of Tusheti was one of our highlights of Georgia. The road is open only until the first snow around mid October. Then, the people living in the villages there will leave their houses and spend the winter in lower regions.
To get to the valleys of Tusheti we had to drive over a pass at around 3000 m altitude. The next couple of days, we enjoyed this remote area. We hiked to a lake, drove into the valleys and were fascinated of the great scenery.
Another trip brought us to Kakheti, Georgia's wine region. There, many wineries produce wine in the ancient tradition of Qvevri. They put the juice from the grapes with skins and pips into big amphora built into the ground. Then, the amphora are sealed. The juice can ferment with constant temperature and almost free of oxygen.
The wine that comes out of this process is pretty dry and has a lot of taste. We enjoyed it at a nice winery where we could camp in the garden (and use the pool, as well!). 
One of our last evenings in Georgia, we spent with a Georgian guy, named Dato. We camped in the middle of nowhere and he came by to have a look at his pond near our campsite. He is a fish farmer, and has several ponds and smaller lakes for carps in the area.
He invited us to camp next to his house as there were jackals in the woods and he was worried about our safety. We agreed - and had such a nice evening. We shared bread, cheese, homemade wine and chacha with him. He was playing the guitar and singing Georgian songs.
It was the perfect end of our stay in this country!
Hello Armenia - "Barev dzez!"

Around 1.5 weeks ago, we left Georgia for Armenia. We entered our country number 10 into the Debed Canyon. Along the river Debed, there are numerous monasteries, two listed as UNESCO world heritage.
Armenia is quite famous for its medieval monasteries. Some of them are really well preserved or have been restored nicely.
We visited a few of them along the canyon. Then, we hiked up Armenia's highest mountain, Mt. Aragats. This former volcano has four peaks, the highest is just above 4000 m.
Eventually, we arrived in the capital, in Yerevan. We explored the city by foot, it is not too big. We liked the mix of art and history all around town, and the cafes on every corner.
One evening, we visited the Opera house for a concert of the Yerevan Symphonic Orchestra. The day before, we received an email from an American couple. They had just seen Willie parking outside their apartment (with the stickers with our website on the window). So, we met the other night and had a really fun dinner and a beer afterwards. What a great way to get to know new people! Thank you, guys, for being so spontaneous!
In Yerevan, we also applied for our visas for Iran.
Right now, we are staying at a campground east of Yerevan. We enjoy this nice site, the friendly owner and the great company of overlanders from Holland and Spain.
We are waiting for our visas to be processed before we are going to head south and enter Iran in around 2-3 weeks.
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Here it is! Our regular gift! The best picture, made by us, for you! We tried to catch the magical light in one of Armenia's churches.
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Anna and Heiner
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