We are going to Karabagh for Labor Day weekend.
Even if you do not know anything about the Caucasus, the various wars and secessions that occurred after the breakdown of the Soviet Union, you will probably have heard of Nagorno Karabagh. It's a funny little exclave of Armenia within Azerbaijan, nominally independent with its own embassy in Yerevan, but actually really belonging to Azerbaijan, only it doesn't and is really Armenian but then again... you get the idea.
One has to get a visa to get into Karabagh, and one can only go through the Lachin corridor, one has to register with the Foreign Ministry upon arrival, etc., etc. Also, you ought to get your visa on a separate piece of paper. Once once it is physically attached to your passport, that was it for ever going to Azerbaijan. They don't like that sort of thing. Most Americans and Germans here in Armenia can't go anyway as they are diplomats and them traveling to Karabagh could be interpreted as an acceptance of the status quo.
But we can because nobody really cares about us.
One of our guide books is peppered with expressions like, "avert unnecessary risk", "at LEAST four uncomfortable hours", "stick to the road MORE traveled", "DANGEROUS HOLES". You could feasibly ask, why go there, what with the mines, the occasional shootings, the horrible roads, the iffy political status.
Why, because it's interesting! It's a beautiful country, full of monasteries, mountains (Nagorno = mountainous in Russian), gorgeous views... and because we can.