We'd like to start today's blog with a special mention to Grandpa Lou, it's his birthday! (Tsnundd shnorhavor in Armenian).
We started our travels on Saturday, with a full day of travel. After flying to Armenia via Russia, we arrived at our hotel at eleven- but not too late for kebab. The next day we had a meeting with our organiser, which was followed by a visit to the lively Yerevan Market. After a fantastic lunch In a (unexpectedly) nice restaurant, we drove to Dilijan, the city we are spending our time in. We arrived just in time for a fantastic dinner of dolmas at our accommodation 'Dili villa' which we strongly reccomend.
On Monday, we all began our first day of work. Dad had to get up earlier than everybody else because his Habitat for Humanity work started earlier for a full day of refurbishing. At two o'clock, the kids started their day at the orphanage. Despite earlier doubts, after an introduction and a silence, the children began to start conversations. They had a lot in common and both sides had a great time playing pingpong, listening to music, talking and laughing. However when mum and the kids got home, dad had some stories to share aswell. The first day of renovating a beaten up house had been eventful- a big ceremony where preists blessed the house, tv reporters were there and the mayor of the town was there to make speeches as well as the grateful family. We were all glad to go back to our beds at the end of the day!
Yesterday (Tuesday) we started the day with boiled eggs and pancakes. Then dad set off o work and the kids and mum went to the local museum. They saw beautiful works of art by Iyzawoski, but unfortunately only got to finish half the tour. After a look around the Idjevan Market and an a quick lunch, they headed to the orphanage for day two. Again it was a pleasure to see their smiling faces and their eagerness to learn. As we were about to leave, mum asked if some of the children would like to come to finish he museum tour with us. Alll of the kids were excited but only the older ones (Anoush, Nora, Armenoush, Lilith and Sarkis) were allowed to go. It was a ver interesting tour and it was great to see how enthusiastic the children were, especially a young budding artist called Sarkis.
Today, although dad went to work, mum and the kids stayed as it was national children's day and the orphanage was doing something special. Instead we spent our having an art lesson from the owners son. The kids (and mum!) drew still life. Then they went to explore town. They found man art shops, pottery workshops, rug weavers and more in this charismatic village. Then dad cam eand we all had long walk back, and were glad to be welcomed home by a warm, delcious dinner.
- The Lost Tribe :)
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