I arrived in my village last night after traveling all day with other volunteers. Things are well. I met my new host sister who was gone when first visited, and she’s great. She works for World Vision, a development organization with an office in Sisian, but she apparently only does projects within Lor (my language skills aren’t good enough to really know). Running also seems to be a hobby of hers, which is rare among the natives of Armenia.
My room is nice and I have plenty of space. I was given a desk, bed, and shelf, and all my extra luggage and winter clothes fit under the bed.
The food has been fine, but I’ve been especially pleased by the amount of beans my host mom has cooked for me. Most of the meals are pretty much the same, consisting of lavash (the tortilla-like bread), tomatoes, potatoes, a feta-like cheese, a small cabbage salad, beans, and honey. It’s all very good, and I usually ate just about the same thing everyday in the states, so I’m used to the monotony.
My internet is surprisingly fast, and the road to Lor is being to torn up to (I think) allow for some type of infrastructure that will provide internet to the villages along my valley. That will be nice, but it’s pretty quick already, so I’m not too worried about it.
Two cousins are currently staying at my house, one with a broken foot. She was attempting to hike to Tatev, a city on the other side of the mountain east of Lor. Tatev is a tourist hotspot because of its famous monastery and beautiful surroundings, and it also happens to be the permanent site of my good friend Mike. It was encouraging to hear that someone was hiking to Tatev from Lor because I was going to try to do that soon, but also unfortunate that she was injured along the way. I just be more careful…
August should be a pretty slow month, as school doesn’t start until September, so I’ll hopefully be passing the time with some reading, hiking (already went on a run today), and studying the bar-bar. It doesn’t seem too bad in my family because three of them are teachers, but I need to improve my Armenian regardless. Hopefully my Armenian will be good enough so that I can start learning Russian by next summer. Nearly all Armenians speak it and often unknowingly throw Russian words into their Armenian. If there was ever a time for my to learn it, it’s in these next two years, but right now Armenian is much more important.