April 7, 2022
I’ve made myself a promise to myself and I must honor my word. From today onward, I’ll be posting my thoughts from the day before bed. Welcome to Write Before Bed — a daily newsletter from me, Raymond Duke.
The goal of this newsletter isn’t to impress my readers or gain subscribers. I’m sure both of those things will happen, over time, as I continue to write daily. One of the many lessons I’ve learned over the years is if you remain consistent, you will be rewarded.
So what is the goal of this newsletter? To write. That’s it. You see, I love writing but I don’t write as much as I’d like to. The reason? Not having a topic to write about or thinking so much about a topic, I lose my motivation to write about it (i.e., over plan and underperform).
But this — my daily newsletter — is something new. I’ve made an oath to write daily and now the fun begins.
So, without further ado, here’s today’s update…
Yerevan, Armenia: Week 3
I’ve spent the last three weeks in Yerevan, Armenia. Why? The situation is complicated. I’ll spare you the details, but the gist is that my wife is Russian, I’m an American, there’s a conflict in Ukraine, and I wanted time to myself.
Armenia was one of the best options for me because it’s friendly to both Americans and Russians, the food here is delicious (my wife and I would prefer fruits and vegetables from Armenia when we traveled because they were always so fresh!), and it’s an inexpensive city to live in (by western standards).
The general vibe here is peaceful, but you can feel in the tension in the air. Today, during a nice tea and dessert session next to the park, a short chat with the waiter led to him telling me:
“Armenia is a country that is never without conflict.”
I admit I do not know much about Armenia’s history, but I have a keen sense of awareness of my surroundings. I’ve also been using Telegram to better understand local events, such as the peaceful protest happening just 5-10 minutes walking distance outside of my hotel.
Overall, Yerevan is great. I just booked another week here and I’ll likely stay in this hotel until May. I’m also considering a week or so in Tbilisi, Georgia, a city I’ve been to before and enjoyed.
There’s more stuff to discuss about today and my thoughts, but I want to keep this first post short. I’m sure these will get better over time.
Rewards come to those who remain consistent.