Armenia

Grandfather’s Songs

Grandfather’s Songs

“My grandfather on mom’s side was from the Mush area. During the Genocide they escaped to Armenia, but he didn’t speak much about it. He was avoiding it. But I remember that he was playing duduk [traditional Armenian double-reed woodwind flute made of apricot wood] […]

The Stranger and The Helicopter

The Stranger and The Helicopter

“I was with a friend in Finland. We went to Lapland, took a tour there. And then we thought, “Hey, let’s hitchhike from the Polar Circle to Helsinki.” We decided to try it to see if we can do that, because nobody lived there. We […]

Snowflake

Snowflake

“In the town of Ashtarak, I worked as a waiter in a cafe where I met John, the father of Patil (“Snowflake” in Armenian). Eventually, we became close friends. I was John’s only friend in Armenia, his wife and daughter weren’t here at that time. […]

David Amaury

David Amaury

“Inspired by David of Sassoun, hero of the Armenian epic poem “Daredevils of Sassoun”, I always wanted to name my son David. But when I got pregnant, and the gender was already known, we had to look for another name due to some circumstances. The […]

European or Chinese Tea?

European or Chinese Tea?

“I was caught in the rain once in London. I was new in the city, left the house without an umbrella, it started raining… well, to make it short, I got wet. And felt that I’m getting sick. There was a garage with a sign […]