When most people think of Asia, the countries that come to mind aren’t likely to be those we’re about to discuss today. Located in Western Asia, on the border of Eastern Europe, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are countries most westerners are largely unfamiliar with at all. That’s all the more reason to learn a bit about them, as each has unique cultures, history, and tourist attractions that make them fascinating destinations. Today, show co-host Scott Coates will share his experience traveling through these interesting West Asian nations.
Scott and Trevor discuss their knowledge of the region before Scott traveled there, and then give overviews of the country.
Trevor: According to Wikipedia, the Republic of Azerbaijan is a transcontinental country located at the boundary of Eastern Europe and West Asia. It is a part of the South Caucasus region bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia and Turkey to the west, and Iran to the south.
Scott: The Republic of Armenia is a landlocked country in West Asia. While Armenia is geographically located in the South Caucasus, it is generally considered geopolitically European… and the country is a member of numerous European organizations. Armenia is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran to the south.
Trevor: Georgia, also part of the Caucasus region straddling Asia and Europe, is bounded by the Black Sea to the west, Russia to the north, Turkey to the southwest, Armenia to the south, and by Azerbaijan to the southeast.
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Trevor interviews this week’s ‘guest’ Scott Coates, who answers the following questions about his travel to Georgia, Armenia, and Azerjbaijan:
- How long did you plan to travel for and how did you go about planning the trip?
- And specific reason for breaking it up that way? And anywhere you wanted to go that got left out because of some logistic reason or another?
- Where did you go first?
- First Impressions?
- What type of lodging?
- How to get around?
- How was the food?
- Top sites visited
- Any challenges? Safety? Drama? Language hurdles?
To hear Scott’s tale, listen to the episode and/or check out the gallery below!
Google maps of destinations in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan that Scott traveled to:
- Gergeti Church
- Dariali Monastery and border with Russia
- Stalin Museum in Gori
- Uplistsikhe caves
- David Gareji
- Zvartnots Cathedral
- Khor Virap
- Noravank Monastery
- Orbelian Caravanserai
- Back to Georgia
- David Gareja monastery
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