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