The First Client at The Green Bean Coffee Shop

Armenia -- A cat at the Green Bean Coffee Shop in Yerevan, 15Mar2018

Armenia — A cat at the Green Bean Coffee Shop in Yerevan, 15Mar2018

Most cafeterias in Yerevan open at 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning, and its is a challange to find a place to sit if you’re a morning person like me.

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Armenian Traffic Police have wearable cameras and they’re not afraid to use them

Portable cameras worn by Traffic Police officers in Armenia

Wearable cameras used by Traffic Police officers in Armenia

Armenian Traffic Police have been required to wear special surveillance cameras since June 2016. The cameras were introduced as part of the Government’s anti-corruption efforts [More info about cameras in this video]. A controversial incident on September 4th, which has caused a bit of uproar around the Armenian segment of the internet, has raised many questions about these cameras.

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Dangerous Levels of Pollutants Recorded in Yerevan’s Air

Traffic in Khanjyan street, HETQ photo

One of the hardest hit areas is downtown Yerevan; Khanjian Street in particular. Here, the highest carbon monoxide (CO) readings are registered between 4a.m. and midnight.

I live in a suburb of Yerevan’s southern Erebuni district and am lucky to have some trees and a green yard around, but when driving to work, somewhere in the area of Erebuni fortress I always feel how the air quality sharply changes and hits my lungs. It takes a while to adjust. Continue reading