[caption id="attachment_1299" align="alignright" width="300"] Views of Mount Ararat from Yerevan[/caption]
When considering moving abroad, Armenia is perhaps one of the few places on your list. But, you should be able to live a comfortable lifestyle, as the cost of living is considerably lower, the city and country life both have something to offer, and it has an interesting culture and a low crime rate. So, let's see, would settling in Armenia be worth it?
Living expenses in Armenia are much lower, and it is possible to enjoy the city life and all it has to offer at a fraction of the cost. For those of you who want to save, you could live on $300 a month although you will need to budget a bit more. A decent one-bedroom apartment in the Yerevan cost you as little as $200 per month, while living out in the country is significantly less, as low as $10 per month.
A meal in a restaurant can cost you $3 and drinks are usually not very costly either. Of course, cooking at home would be more cost effective, although food and groceries at the local supermarket, will not set you back too much. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be purchased for 10 cents a pound.
What about the crime rate in Armenia? Well, there is little crime, and theft and assaults generally don't tend to be experienced by tourists and expats in Armenia.
In Armenia, we are friendly and sometimes rather curious as well. Our languages spoken are Russian and Armenian, with a fair amount of English too. Armenia also has a few minorities. Yezidi villages which have their own religion are found in Armenia, as are Assyrian, Greek, and even some Russian villages. Many of these Russians are known as Molokans, and live a similar lifestyle to the Amish.
When it comes to cultural events, Armenia has a "well-funded cultural infrastructure." Attendance can be less than $2, and Armenians love to see "operas, symphonies, theater, painting, and sculpture, to name a few. Our artists are known for their talent throughout the world, and back home artists sell their art at markets where you'll be able to buy paintings, jewelry, needlework, ceramics and more. Armenia was the first country to have Christianity as our official religion, and in celebrating, art and music are a vibrant part of our culture.
Deciding on whether city or country life is best for you, here are a few points to consider. The capital city, Yerevan, is one of the few urban areas which we have in Armenia. Transportation is relatively inexpensive, and we have trains, buses, and subways. The urban cities, including Gyumri and Vanadzor, also have a lot to offer and have many green areas and parks, but are not bustling cities, so one can still enjoy the lifestyle here. There are also some attractive, smaller towns with beautiful rivers, forests, and historic buildings, where you can have a comfortable way of life.