"We Are Mountain" sculpture
        symbolizes the stony defiance and independence of the Armenians
        living in Karabakh

"We Are Mountain" sculpture symbolizes the stony defiance and independence of the Armenians living in Karabakh

Karabakh

June-July 2012

My trip to the breakaway Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (along with Georgia and Armenia) in the summer of 2012 marked a new way of preserving my thoughts and memories of travel. I began a blog, which I updated every day or so while on the road.  This was a change from what I'd been doing on this site for nearly two decades. Previously, I would write one travelog for a trip once it was complete, blending my impressions and memories into one large meal, so to speak, for my readers to enjoy. With the blog, the meal became a series of courses, instead. Those who kept up with it read about my trip in smaller bites.

Time being what it is, I don't think the best use of it is to rewrite all these blog entries from three countries into separate travelogs. I'm very happy with the way many of them flow. They have themes, and are essays that deserve to stand alone. You wouldn't want your entire meal to be chucked into a blender and pureed into one chunk, would you? That is the way I feel about what I wrote on my Travellerspoint blog. So, what's to become of my worldwidemike website? I think I will try using each new country's page to display my favorite photos, and link the relevant blog entries. I hope my readers, both long-time and new, enjoy this format. The reflections and impressions are still there in the blog entries. You could even argue that they are fresher -- many times being written on the same day that as the experience. So, I encourage those of you who haven't read the blog to take the time to read them. You don't have to devour it all at once -- there is a month's worth of writing there! Savor it, instead, as a multi-course meal. Digest it in smaller chunks, if you wish.

As always, feel free to let me know what you think. I enjoy getting emails from both friends and strangers who have read my accounts.  My address is: mikedemana@earthlink.net

My blog I kept up on my monthlong trip to the Caucasus - My Travellerspoint Blog
Blog Entries on Karabakh:

Click here for a Youtube slideshow of more than 200 of my photographs from the trip

View of the capital of the country no one else recognizes,
        Stepanakert, Karabakh

View of the capital of the country no one else recognizes, Stepanakert, Karabakh

Museum dedicated to those who
          lost their lives in Karabakh's war of independence, in
          Stepanakert, Karabakh
Museum dedicated to those who lost their lives in Karabakh's war of independence, in Stepanakert, Karabakh

Hilltop ruins of the capital
          of ancient Armenia, Tigranakert, Karabakh
Hilltop ruins of the capital of ancient Armenia, Tigranakert, Karabakh

Scenery of Karabakh countryside
                as I hiked up to Tigrankert, Karabakh
Scenery of Karabakh countryside as I hiked up to Tigrankert, Karabakh

13th century Gandzasar
                Monastery on a hilltop in northwest Karabakh
13th century Gandzasar Monastery on a hilltop in northwest Karabakh

Closeup of rich carvings on the central
                church in Gandzasar Monastery, Karabakh
Closeup of rich carvings on the central church in Gandzasar Monastery, Karabakh