Hard times in places so far from home
In 1992 I had the opportunity to live in Armenia with my 3 year old son and my husband who was contracted to work there for a year. At the time the Country had conflict Azerbaijan. We flew on areoflot which was an experience in itself! Life was hard for both the Armenians and the Europeans that were working there. Things that we take for granted at home were just not readily available, for example water was olny available for a few hours a day, electric the same, there were no food in the shops, petrol was rationed and the Armenian people were very frustrated with the whole thing and although friendly could also be a little hostile to us Europeans whom seemed to have it good life compared to theirs although much hardshipfor us, I can say that thankfully there was an abundance of fresh seasonal vegetables and meat and unlike the poor locals we had money to buy whatever was available.
Living in a basic flat among the locals who were much worse of than I ,some selling family heirlooms just to get by put me in good stead for travel to third world Countries my favorite being The Gambia.