By Iga Kowalska
Armenia is not a popular destination in Poland. It is really hard to find a guidebook about this country. You can check some information on the Internet of course, but talking about Polish websites and books is not enough. There are some organizations in Poland, that care about Armenia or Caucasus in general, but the knowledge about it among young people is very poor.
Most of my friends were very surprised or even scared of my idea to come here. People often wrongly think that Armenia is a Muslim country, it can be dangerous and I should not go there alone. Ok, every country can be dangerous, but the more you know, the more you can be prepared for. And after my two weeks in Armenia, I would say that it is even a safer place than Poland.
Most of Polish people I know are not very interested in Armenia. I don't know why, because it is the most fascinating and surprising country I have ever been to (and I am traveling a lot). And it has actually longer Christian tradition than Poland! I just realized how such ignorant we are as a Catholic country!
What is the most surprising about Armenia for a Polish girl like me? People. They are so open, they are so open, that, I’m sure, some of my friends would run away. When somebody comes to talk to you on the street in Poland, it is usually someone who wants to sell you something or tell you about his religion. Here is completely different from my country, because people just want to know you, tell you their stories and hear yours. And this is the most beautiful thing I noticed here.
What else? Minibuses (marszrutki). They are so small and crowded, and there is no timetable! In Poland we always check the time of buses we want to go. But maybe the lack of timetable is the reason that a lot of people with whom I arranged the meeting were very, very late. I have already got used to it. To live in Armenia, I have to change my way of thinking, be very flexible and know that everything is changeable. Maybe it is not something bad, maybe you can enjoy life more, because it is slower and calmer?
In my opinion, the differences make traveling so excited and unexpected. This is one of the reasons I am here, and I am curious about everything, I want to experience real Armenia – a small country with great tradition, religion and people with great hearts. I cannot wait to experience more.
Iga Kowalska, 21, is a volunteer who came to Armenia within the framework of AIESEC exchange program.
15:12, November 13Khloe Kardashian poses for sultry shots
14:14, November 13'Kanye West smells like money' Kim Kardashian
11:11, November 13Kim Kardahsian hire private firefighters to save neighbors houses from fire
09:00, November 13Alexis Ohanian unveils his secret Armenian project (VIDEO)
11:11, November 12Alexis Ohanian to unveil his secret Armenian project on Monday (PHOTOS)
10:09, November 12Alexis Ohanian visits Armenia! exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art (PHOTOS)
15:05, November 10
Most fashionable Armenian girls in the streets of Yerevan (photo)
10:04, November 10Wildfires reach Malibu, Kim and her family among evacuees
21:00, November 8Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to adopt baby boy from Armenia
23:20, November 7
Emotional Arturo Sandoval and Levon Malkhasyan's surprise - Opening concert of Yerevan Jazz Fest 2018 (PHOTO / VIDEO)
10:09, November 7Kim Kardashian votes for her son and his future
13:15, November 6Khloe Kardashian poses in a tiny string bikini