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There are some men on the planet who immediately consider women intellectually inferior, even before one word has been exchanged. I had this experience recently, and it really enraged on multiple levels. It reminded me also that I never wrote about my experience in Armenia, where I traveled for a few days in March.  Armenia is full of Armenians - and really no one else. It is a mono-ethnic culture, and this is apparent when you begin to roam the streets as a foreign woman. My hair at that time was lighter, almost blonde, and to my surprise this rendered me a sort of "exotic" creature in a way I have never experienced in any travels.

When I first visited the Caucasus' last October, I traveled all over Georgia with a man. Even in Tbilisi, I was almost always walking in the city with a native male. But in March, it was different. I hopped in the car with a Georgian woman, a real explorer by nature, and we took a road trip to Yerevan. Her appearance more closely resembles a European or American female. We are both "older" by regional standards - 44 and 32, and ordinary women, not dressed in any way to lure gazing eyes. I could hardly imagine the attention two foreign women would draw...on the road, at gas stations, through the border crossing, everywhere! The manner in which local men behaved can be described in one word - cavemen. :)


I don't even know how to express the sense of "macho" that overwhelmed us during this journey. It was just a feeling, a sort of primal male behavior that was completely foreign to me as an American woman. At times, it was nice, and other times infuriating. :) Everywhere, we were looked at as aliens. Two women driving off-road, buying car insurance at the border, riding a ski lift with no skis - which was the case at Tsaghkadzor - a well-known ski resort where the cover photo was taken. I think the local men could not understand what the hell we were doing, and how we managed to operate a vehicle, park and navigate the roads on our own.

It is simply human nature to notice and inspect anything different. Small variances outside the norm are more easily noticed in a place like Armenia, where diversity is at a minimum. And these deviations include humans - especially women who look nothing like most local females when it comes to hair color, stature and overall body frame. I understand the curiosity to "inspect", I do it myself on occasion, even in a country like America where diversity has reached epic levels.

I remember once arguing with my old travel partner when he told me there is no difference between men and women traveling alone. Of course, the difference is quite huge in some regions, and I would call Armenia one of them. Georgia also, but to a lesser extent. There is no feeling of being unsafe in this region at all, and what became most clear is that all of this "macho" behavior - it is simply an exterior show of bravado. When the men became too aggressive, or too bossy, a simple "FUCK YOU" in English was enough to make them run away. Young and old. This phrase seems to be understood on every corner of the globe. :)

I think, quite honestly, that some females would relish all this attention, or travel to the region with the hope of having some hot, passionate fling with one of these local Romeos. They can be charming at first glance, and if you're a woman into sex tourism, this part of the world might be desirable. :)) You will have no problem finding hot young men to shower you with attention, sex, cheap wine, endless compliments...many things - for all the wrong reasons, in my view. I think there are plenty of good men in Armenia, as everywhere, but there are definitive cultural distinctions in gender behaviors that would be noticeable to almost anyone from the West. Depending on perspective, this could be good or bad.

Georgia and Armenia - these countries stirred very different impressions inside me. Armenia is much more rugged, wild and untamed based on my experience. Also more reminiscent of Soviet style when comparing Yerevan to Tbilisi. Somehow my soul is better suited for Georgia, I think.

I'll try to write more about my impressions in the future, but today I was simply reminded about the adventures of two dumb blondes in the Caucasus'. :))


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worobioff_ku
Jun. 13th, 2017 11:22 am (UTC)
Good afternoon ,Shanon!The Caucasus is beautiful!
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 11:23 am (UTC)
Yes, just beautiful! I agree! But Georgia is more beautiful than Armenia. It is greener, Armenia has more dirt and brown colored landscapes. Both are kind of wild and untamed - it is part of their appeal for those who crave adventure. :))
e_d_w
Jun. 13th, 2017 11:37 am (UTC)

Be careful. There are many savages.

peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 11:39 am (UTC)
Savages are everywhere! And sometimes cloaked in very appealing and attractive packaging. :)) But do not worry, I am always careful! With my heart, and in my travels. :)
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no_xit
Jun. 13th, 2017 12:36 pm (UTC)

Well, as a man who's just had a trip to both Georgia and Armenia with two young women, I can tell you that Georgia proved to be more attentive to them. There were only two cases when I left them on their own. As soon as I went to the famous baths in Tbilisi, they were attacked by local machoes, but when I went to a rock-concert in Yerevan, they had a nice evening walk without any troubles.

peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 12:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, the boys in this region are interesting to observe from many perspectives. That's for certain! :) And did you notice other significant differences between these countries? I have not visited the baths in Tbilisi...

Edited at 2017-06-13 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Anatol Gorelik
Jun. 13th, 2017 12:43 pm (UTC)
Тяжело на Кавказе без револьвера ))))))))
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 12:44 pm (UTC)
Да, точно! :)))
procurator0
Jun. 13th, 2017 12:58 pm (UTC)
where are the dirty details? next time try harder blondie
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 12:59 pm (UTC)
What dirty details did you expect? :))
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botwa
Jun. 13th, 2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
In 2015 I went to Armenia for the second time, I was interested in trekking the Geghama range and I went solo :D I went there with a group in 2013 and we went trekking almost everywhere except the Geghama range. I can remember meeting only one woman on my way, and a lot, like a LOT of man (in the mountains! and I wanted a peaceful journey all on my own). I must say that Armenian and Georgian men don't have a lot of differences, in my opinion. Well, Georgian men from Tbilisi are more civilized and urbanized. But I met quite a lot of such men in Yerevan as well.
I met only one man in Armenia who almost aggressively demanded to go with him (and have sex I suppose), others were really nice and helped me a lot.
But I'm not blonde :)
And yes, I agree that Armenia is much more wild but I love both countries and I guess it's that "wild" thing I love Armenia for.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 01:40 pm (UTC)
Hi! :) I remember your love for this region and I also like it for the same reason - both countries are sort of untamed and the natural landscapes are just astounding! Georgian and Armenian men resemble each other physically, I cannot really tell much difference as a foreigner. They are mostly short and tiny, very different from the frame of a typical American male. :) I guess I have spent much more time in Tbilisi than Yerevan, so the latter is worth another visit when I return to the region. City boys are usually more well-behaved and civilized, in any nation. :)) Yet the mountain men also have "unique" charms. :))
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Maks J-Fry
Jun. 13th, 2017 01:57 pm (UTC)
o man, you're playing with fire or whatever you say it. These guys can't handle any criticism. Just a few weeks ago Varlamov wrote some lines of criticism of Georgia, o man, they became mad and began to throw feces at him.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 01:58 pm (UTC)
This is not a criticism, just observations. :) Some women like cavemen, after all. The taste and color for everyone...:) "Playing with fire" ...this is proper English slang. As I always tell you, your English is fine. :)
mybathroom
Jun. 13th, 2017 03:38 pm (UTC)
Hi Shannon! Its good to read you again!
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thanks! :) Maybe I will start to write again here...let's see if I can sustain motivation. I hope you and your family are doing well, Denis! :)
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pin_gwin
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:21 pm (UTC)
Glad to see you back
Sounds like you are done with this area. Do you have plans for future travel if any?
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad to see you back
Thanks! No, I am not done with this area. :) I will probably return to Georgia in autumn, after their hot season is over. Until then, I'm going to Toronto in a few weeks for some adventures.
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10_4
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yet, you still didn't elaborate on how did you manage to operate a vehicle, park and navigate the roads on your own :)))
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:36 pm (UTC)
What needs elaboration? Almost all American women drive. :) However, the Georgian woman I was with has traveled practically every back road in Georgia and all through Armenia many times. She did the driving, communicated with locals, and was exceptional. I am not brave enough to drive in this region. Scariest road culture of any place I've ever been, especially in Georgia.
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dr_eburg
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I don't think you got it right, since it's very hard if even possible to find a culture more respectful to women than Armenian.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:42 pm (UTC)
Are you Armenian?
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of_ice
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:46 pm (UTC)
Хуясе, на иностранном пишут.
Совсем охуела сволота пиндосская, думает, мы это читать будем.

Русско шиб сытювыс, дило минджь(

elarbee
Jun. 14th, 2017 01:39 am (UTC)
А ты у нас вообще идеальный представитель русскоязычных! Вежливый, грамотный, милый и умный!
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yarowind
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's the Caucasus!:))
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:56 pm (UTC)
A region worth visiting! I recommend a journey there, for sure! :)
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juga1
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:54 pm (UTC)
давай по-русски тут пишы!
peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 05:55 pm (UTC)
I will write in whatever language I wish, thank you.
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maryasha_b
Jun. 13th, 2017 10:15 pm (UTC)

I remember you were warned about macho behavior of men in Caucasus before your first trip to Georgia. But at that time you said this must be mere cliches...

peacetraveler22
Jun. 13th, 2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, everyone warned me, but I make judgments based on my own personal experiences, not what other people tell me. :) Especially when most of them have never even been in the environment about which they have so many opinions...which is almost always the case in Internet land. :))
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