Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Goodbye Armenia :(

Barev,

Thanks to Haig's parents generosity, we were able to buy some school supplies and deliver them to a school in Armash village. It was an emotional experience and the kids were very appreciative. We also helped provide assistance to a senior center just outside of Yerevan. Finally, we visited a school for children with speaking disabilities which is supported by the Armenian Relief Society in the Bay Area. We plan on sharing our pictures and thoughts with the organization when we get back to the States.



We also got the chance to visit Kar's grandmother's sister and although we decided to pop in on them without a call, their Armenian hospitality was in full force. In an hour, we had a full meal in front of us. We spent a few hours eating and giving toasts which is an interesting Armenian tradition. Haig even drank AND gave a toast. Go Haig!

Kar's dad took us to Sevan Lake where it was hailing most of the time. This is a popular summer destination but that day we had the whole lake to ourselves. We found a guy to bar-b-q our fish for us and enjoyed the beautiful view. The lady in the picture is another one of Kar's relatives she had never met.


We were sad to leave Armenia. We truly felt at home and are glad to have met so many of our family members who made this trip very memorable. We definitely plan on returning. We've learned a lot about the politics and daily life of the people and feel closer to our homeland.

Bye for now.
-Kar and Haig

Kar's dad's house just outside of Yerevan

A night on the town at a karaoke bar where a lot of Russian songs were sang


Kar's relative's country house

Dancing in the living room

7 comments:

Kelarik said...

Hi Haig and Kar, I am glad you had so much fun. Let's plan all of us go to Armenia next summer. I was talking to Armen daii yesterday and he said why don't they stop in Germany for couple of days too. If you can change your flights may be you can stop in Germany and visit the houses that we lived there and visit Armen Daii's and Masis's families too. It will be fun. Love you both and have a safe rest of the trip. mom

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Kelarik said...
Hi Haig and Kar, I am glad you had so much fun. Let's plan all of us go to Armenia next summer. I was talking to Armen daii yesterday and he said why don't they stop in Germany for couple of days too. If you can change your flights may be you can stop in Germany and visit the houses that we lived there and visit Armen Daii's and Masis's families too. It will be fun. Love you both and have a safe rest of the trip. mom

artineh said...

my apprentice is not going to graduate at this rate... what's up with the double posting? Not down with the whole tech era just yet.

Well, it was nice to talk to you on your last day in Armenia and I'm glad you had such a great time there.

I don't know if you've heard but a SF/Oakland connector bridge has gone down... literally crumbled to the ground, a big gaping hole left where the bridge used to be. a truck blew up on it a week or so ago and it has been a commuters' nightmare. I know you don't use that for work, but I bet it still would have affected you guys were you there. Doesn't it feel nice to know you are thousands of miles away from that mess?

starting to miss calling you (kar) for every little thing and having you (Haig) get TOTALLY jealous cause she still loves me more :) No really though, I'm trying my best to get this diss. done by the time you come back so I can go crazy with the random phone calls. Watch out, Haig!

well, have a great time in E. Europe... I'm hoping, now, that Joe will get back into his satellite shot instructional tool. 22 more days ... or something like that. Live it up.

Lucy said...

Hi guys,

Yeah mom, what's up with the double posting...too excited that you had to do it twice. Anyway, it's getting closer to the time that you are coming home and I agree with Art being antsy about you guys coming back. I think she's directing her random calls to me now (not that I mind - I like it), but I think she's trying to fill the void ;) Mom still doesn't get how much we can talk to each other over the phone. She asks what we talk about for so long.

Anyway, it was so nice to see pictures from Armenia and pics of our family. It looks like you guys had lots of fun! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

love,
lucy

Daphne said...

hi kar and haig!

and kar's family!! it's nice to hear from you ladies - and to see that nothing has changed (still picking on mom).

but back to the travelers... sounds like you guys had an amazing time in the motherland and that's wonderful that you had the opportunity to help the community. i'm sure this leg of the trip will provide many warm memories for the years ahead.

have fun on the next stage of the journey! hope you remember how to speak english!

santoukht said...

Hi Haig and Karineh,

Thanks for visiting the schools. We'd love to see the pictures once you're back. We're all happy that your trip is going so well. It's Bahrig and Raffi's first wedding anniversary Sunday May 6, and we'll be at their place celebrating! we'll miss you.love,
mom

Arpy said...

Hi Guys!

It's great reading up on how you're doing. I'm so happy for both of you. It's wonderful you're getting to do this all now. Have a great rest of your trip. Prague looks beautiful. I miss you both a ton!

love,

*Arpy*