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28 July 2011 / leggypeggy

Hi honey—I’m home

Plenty of honey in Armenia.

Local markets are one of my favourite haunts. I love the colour, the variety, the unexpected, the noise, the smells (even the not-so-nice ones) and the salesmanship.

Yesterday we visited the Central Bazaar in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and it was certainly up to standard. And more than a few sellers forced various bits of food and drink at us. This morning a fellow traveller had his fill of vodka at the market.

The range of honey was amazing. I’ve seen timber beehives all over the country, so I shouldn’t have been surprised. But the pic here shows the array of honeys—from light and thin to dark and thick to creamed and to honeycomb. And all displayed in containers originally made for something else.

The produce looked great and was varied, too.

On this trip, our tour leader, Lu, does most of the shopping in supermarkets. She plans the menu and each cook group takes turns helping to prepare an evening meal and breakfast the next morning.

It’s all very straightforward and the whole process is a complete breeze, but I do miss the need/opportunity to explore the markets for the best buys on fresh goods. In Africa, the cook group of the day usually visited the local market to purchase the ingredients for that night’s meal. Some people hated the job, but I loved it. It got me into the community, let me see what was plentiful, opened the way for me to take photos and forced me to make myself understood through hand signals or in some foreign language.

Making a sale in the Central Bazaar in Yerevan.

I’m looking forward to seeing how/if things change as we travel into Central Asia. Will there still be supermarkets or only local markets? Will food be abundant and varied or in short supply? Or will our choices be tempting or limited to onions, tomatoes and a lone goat shin, as happened once in Mauritania?

I’ll keep you posted.

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  1. Sy S. / Jul 29 2011 12:08 am

    Peggy,

    Q: How do you handle the currency, money…. what forms of payment? Australian or American Dollars or Euro.. local currency ?

    Q: Can you ship back, mail back a few items? Just a thought.. I had in the past trusted merchants?
    Also, when you are able you can pack parcels yourself and go to the local post office.

    Sy S.

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  2. leggypeggy / Jul 29 2011 3:57 am

    Great questions, Sy, and ones that I should answer in an actual post about Truck Life. I’ll try to do that in the next few days.
    But the short answer is, we change money at borders or banks or withdraw from ATMs. We can ship stuff home from some countries. I’ll elaborate in a post.

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  3. duonyte / Aug 1 2011 4:28 am

    Peggy, just went through all of the posts – whew! – leaving a comment on this one as I am always coming home with local honeys from various places. Sounds like another fabulous trip! More on foods and markets!

    duonyte

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  4. bmpermie / Feb 23 2015 3:20 pm

    I loved my time in Armenia, wish we had spent more time in Yerevan.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2015 7:52 pm

      Yerevan really is a lovely city. We enjoyed it immensely.

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