Nagorno Karabagh is one of those disputed territories which only occasionally creep into the news. Populated mainly by Armenians, it claims to be an independent country, yet no nation recognises the legitimacy of the government in the territorial capital of Stepanakert. Small wonder then that Nagorno Karabagh is no tourist hotspot. hidden europe correspondent, Karlos Zurutuza, has been travelling through the Caucasus region, and filed this report from the village of Vank in Nagorno Karabagh.
Not content with the conventional maps of Europe and the Middle East, Karlos decided to hit the road and produce his own! He maps the contours of cultural life: Aromanians from Albania, Yezidies in northern Iraq, Armenian villages in Abkhazia and the Georgians in South Ossetia. These and a myriad of other isolated communities are the ‘pixels’ that Karlos plots on his ‘hi-res’ maps. Were it not for the magnetic effect that the mountains of Kurdistan have on him, he would gladly spend his entire life circumnavigating the Black Sea. He travels light, yet there is always space in his small backpack for two favourite books: Neil Ascherson’s The Black Sea and Jules Verne’s Keraban the Terrible. Karlos writes in Basque, Spanish and English. His work has been published in several newspapers and magazines. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.