Ancient monastery; Modernising City.
Oldest leather shoe; Newest shopping boutiques.
Past hurt; Current healing.
In other words, this is Hayastan.
This is Armenia.
Being conquered for thousands of years and with their identity almost annihilated in the Armenian Genocide, the people of Hayastan (ancient name of Armenia) still stand strong with their ancient identity. That is resilience.
Being hurt so bad in the past, being forced on death marches and denied of a home, the people of Hayastan still remain gracious, humble and helpful. They just dust themselves off the past, and keep marching on. That is resolution.
Being offered the chance of rebuilding themselves, and of what’s left of their historic homeland, the people of Hayastan still managed to create a boutique capital city of Yerevan, and created a city of beauty and class. That is regeneration.
Being exposed to neighbouring cultures of Turks and Persians for so long, of recent Russian influences, and not to forget of how a certain French who recognise their very recent past, the people of Hayastan are still able to incorporate those influences into their Armenian language. That is resourcefulness.
Useful Armenian lingo:
Barev dzez – Hello
(Though I was greeted twice in French before, as in Comment ça va? Could I have misheard it? Twice?)
Khosum es angleren- Do you speak English?
Ayo/ ha – Yes
Voch/ che- No
Merci – Thank you.
Those were my observations of what makes Armenia, during my very brief visit there. In other words, it was inspiring.
Next post, Miss Hoggy would take you on a tour around Yerevan and might be able to surprise you with some amazing Chinese food.