Azerbaijan with a Muslim majority and Armenia with a Christian mayority are two very different but amazing countries.
Unfortunately the landlocked mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh is the subject of an unresolved dispute between Azerbaijan, in which it lies, and its ethnic Armenian majority, backed by neighbouring Armenia. Despite the ongoing conflict both countries want to pursue economic development and recover from the devastating effects of the war.
We had to enter Azerbaijan before Armenia, otherwise we would have been denied entry upon them recognising the Armenia Visa Stamps in our passports. Needless to say that if we ever want to go back to Azerbaijan, we’ll need to replace our current passports.
Both countries have also suffered the change from a communist economy to capitalism. Azerbaijan has an economy that has completed its post-Soviet transition into a major oil based economy, and you can certainly perceive the growth of the country especially in the capital, Baku.
As for Armenia, the changes have been more difficult and one could even say, they’ve gone backwards since the Soviet’s departure. Almost the entire industrial section stopped upon the fall of the Soviet Union.