06.13.2009 - 06.14.2009
When people would ask me about my family in Armenia before I arrived, I would answer that we don't really have many close relatives. I honestly thought that was a fact. Ever since arriving, though, I've been spending a lot of time with relatives that I didn't even know existed. It's been pretty cool to meet my kinsmen right here in the homeland.
My mother has two cousins that we've hung out with - Susan and Haykuhi. We had dinner at Susan's a few days ago, and went over to Haykuhi's on the 13th. Here we are with all the fine ladies. Front row: my mom, Susan, Haykuhi; back row: Annie, me, Srpuhi, Sirarpi (both Haykuhi's daughters).
My dad has a cousin here named Nuritse. It was with her family that we first went to Lake Sevan. They built a gorgeous new house and invited us for the afternoon the next day. We also met a long lost distant cousin of my dad's - Davit Torosyan. His dad and my dad's dad are cousins (I think). Davit's the pastor of Yerevan Evangelical Baptist Church. My dad hadn't seen these people for three decades!
This is a photo from Nuritse's house. Front row: Hamik (Nuritse's husband), Vartan from LA (Nuritse's brother), Davit (Nuritse's grandson), Nuritse. Back row: Davit Torosyan's wife, Davit Torosyan, Dad, Annie, me, Mom, Margarita (Nuritse's daughter).
Annie and I chit chatted outside with Vartan (Nuritse's brother, my dad's cousin). He's from LA so we see him occasionally. We knew he was going to be in Yerevan at the same, but it was funny to run into him on our tour of Garni a few days ago. There was a bespectacled man watching us from afar; du mi asa vor Vartan e! Kind of random to run into an acquaintance in Armenia! Then we kept seeing him all day because we were on similar tours.
I couldn't not put in this next picture! Those of you from Utah know our rad amigo Yesayi. His grandma and aunt have been so good to us while we've been here. We visited them on the 14th and were graced with this picture of cute lil' Yes from his childhood. You must've been a beautiful baby, cuz baby, look at you now!