Browsing through a bric-a-brac market in capital Yerevan I fly back in time. Armenia has had a lot of ups and downs in its history. It has been a battlefield for some other neighboring countries to annex this territory. Armenia eventually declared indipendence on 28 May 1918 but the Soviet Union turned it into one of its Republics in 1936. After Mikhail Gorbachev took office in the Soviet Union, he pursued the policies of Perestroika (economic and political reforms) and Glasnost (meaning "openness") policy reform which some say led to dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. As a result, Armenia became an independent country. Afterward, an ongoing struggle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Karabakh region began which has literally paralyzed the two countries economically. An intense earthquake hit Armenia in December 1988 which caused huge destruction and more than 25000 deaths which was an economic blow to the country. Armenian expatriates especially those living in Europe and the U.S. have done a lot to introduce their culture and identity overseas. They have helped their motherland with love which is a good example to follow.