A Trip to Little Switzerland of Armenia

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Dilijan is known as one of the best places to relax. Often called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland by the locals, it certainly has earned its nickname. We started feeling at peace even before arriving from the scenery we had passed on our way to Dilijan.

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Walking by the beautiful trees and far away from the noises of civilization brought everyone a smile on their lips, light in their eyes, and a skip in their step.

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One of the things that we noticed other than the fact  that Dilijan was so peaceful and quiet is that it is full of creativity and art. We passed a long road with walls full of different pictures of graffiti drawn by Dilijan Street Art Team.

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Of course, to get a perfect shot, you have to slow down or stop to take a great picture. Because of that we had fallen way back from the group, and two of our friends who had stayed back were getting very impatient waiting for us while we were taking our pictures.

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Dilijan also had a lot of houses that were empty and ruined; it gave the town a sense of mysteriousness along with its peacefulness.

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Dilijan’s local theatre with its Greek architecture is where the youth spend their nights watching movies on a projector.

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On our way to Dilijan’s forest, we were greeted by moss filled stairs and headless statues along with empty cottages giving it an eerie feeling. Of course, the only way to have fun at the time was to make up horror stories of what could have happened, what will happen to us, and which one of us will die first and why.

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UWC (United World College)Dilijan College is the most modern building we had seen, with its pool, open-spaced gym, football field, and a huge space filled with lots and lots of couches; it was definitely one of our favorite places to visit. College brings students from all over the world to Dilijan, Armenia.

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Everyone was very excited before the trip, and that excitement lasted all throughout the trip. Thank you Dilijan for an amazing day and thank you USC of AUA for organizing this trip.

 

Merry Artinian

 

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