This small, green, climbing machine gets us up and down the hill each day. It's an old Soviet ambulance and is incredibly balanced. For the first few days I was sure we were going to roll off the hill, but sure enough, the "Pickle" (as we affectionately call it) keeps climbing, like the little engine that could. Mt. Aragats is visible in the background (in the clouds).
Adventures in Armenia Part 1: First Impressions and Vodka Toasts July 9th 2010 Barev from Armenia! I arrived over a week ago, but I haven't been able to post to this blog due to technical difficulties. We were supposed to have wireless internet available in the dig house, but it turns out the the cheaper option was to get a wireless modem that attaches to the USB port of a computer and share that between all of us. The problem is, we can't get it to work on a number of co ... read more
Asia » Armenia » West » Mount Aragats Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century). Despite periods of autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian, and Otto... ... read more
There is a land called Crete, in the midst of the wine-dark sea, a fair, rich land, begirt with water, and therein are many men, past counting, and ninety cities. They have not all the same speech, but their tongues are mixed. There dwell Achaeans, there great-hearted native Cretans, there Cydonians, and Dorians of waving plumes, and goodly Pelasgians.
-Homer, The Odyssey, Bk. 19
The land of Armenia, then, is situated largely on an extensive plateau, surrounded by high mountains, well watered by rivers which perpetuate its natural fertility.... The rulers of Armen... full info