holiday Category

Gratitude

New Year’s Day should always fall on a three day weekend. Or maybe I should always take a three day weekend on New Year’s. Plenty of time to get over the hangover AND tick a bunch of things off the checklist. This weekend we did all the things. We hosted friends on New Year’s. We […]

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thank you; your gift is a rabbit-eared family

I woke up in a panic this morning. Five days left before I leave Stepanavan. Two of those days will be spent doing a camp in a village near here, so in truth, we’re talking three short days here before I cram everything I own, and something things Peace Corps owns, into a taxi and […]

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another new year in armenia

On the last night of 2009 I was sitting with my best Peace Corps friend, Zoë, talking late into the evening about New Year’s resolutions.  We almost missed the New Year, and with moments to spare we ran outside with pots and pans to ring in the new year with a metallic clamor. This year […]

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i’ve landed home

Shnor havor Amenor yev Surb Tsnude!  Happy New Year! It’s been a couple of weeks, I know.  But I have a good excuse.  I have had arguably the best collection of days yet in Armenia.  They were not the typical, wonderful Peace Corps lot though they did include visits with Americans and Armenians and cross-cultural […]

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yeah, i got things

The blog world is all on fire with roasting chestnuts and yuletide wreathing and holiday crayoning, etc.  Here in Armenia, the Peace Corps volunteers are all huddled in their houses around PC issued heaters, wearing night caps (or drinking them) and watching the Christmas movies they may or may not have remembered to bring with […]

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shnor havor

Today is the first day of September.  Remembering this, I woke up early, ate a bowl of cornflakes and went with camera in hand to congratulate my Armenian landsister on her first day of school.  I had missed her and goofily said, “Shnor havor,” to my landdad as a consolation for missing his daughter’s departure. […]

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you know those times i’m talking about

You know those times when everything seems to go wrong.  It’s not just a day, but whole weeks at a time.  Those sections of the year where things happen one-after-another, like you miss a flight and pay an of-course-highly-unfair price for a new ticket then you return home to find a mouse has eaten through […]

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sunny-side up

Eeeek…. that last post, geez what a downer.  On the fair side: I really do feel like there’s a some ringing bell, some kind of constant droning reminder of things I find difficult about being a Peace Corps volunteer.  On the other side: Self, lighten up already. Between the last post and now I have: […]

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iranian, mexican, tegan and sara in the city

I’ve written before about how much I love Yerevan sometimes.  I was just in Yerevan again and experienced some old and new favorite things: Old: 1.  Even though it has only been open a couple of months, and even though I don’t even live in this city, the fact that I’ve eaten at Yerevan’s Taco […]

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These are the most interesting photos I’ve taken so far.  In a nearby village where our World Vision office does some work, they celebrated Military Day.  Two schools formed teams of high form students and battled in games that included pull-ups, demonstrations of First-Aid knowledge, and gun reassembly.  The day was fantastic actually, culminating in […]

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