As I’ve already told many of you, I’ve gotten a site change, as there was not enough work to do in Sarnaghbyur. I’ve moved to beautiful Margahovit, over in Lori marz, thirty minutes out of both Dilijan and Vanadzor, two great cities. I’ll be working with Emilia Martirosyan of the Margahovit Youth Center; I’ll also likely be doing secondary work with the Armenia Tree Project, who have a location in town.
I’m currently living with Emilia’s parents, and plan to move out on my own in the near future. Her parents (Vartush and Lendrush [“flag of Lenin”, the best Soviet-era name I’ve encountered here]) are incredibly nice and want to involve me in everything – in the week and a half I’ve been here I’ve been taken around to several different houses, gone mushroom hunting with Lendrush, and helped Emilia and her mother-in-law’s family harvest their potatoes a few houses over. I imagine I’ll still spend a lot of time with them once I have my own place.
I should also add that Margahovit is absolutely beautiful, as you can see in the above pictures. Trees and mountains, trees and mountains!
Updates to follow once I’ve settled in more!