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Բարեւ սիրելի ընթերցող: Իմ անունս է Մանուկ Բէկինեան: Ես Հայ Յեղափոխական Դաշնակցութեան Հայաստանի Երիտասարդական Միութեան անդամ եմ ինչպէս նաեւ 19 տարեկան ուսանող: Այս կուսակցական ընկերներուն խնդրանքով միացած եմ խումբին ամբողջ տեղովութեան որուն հետ պիտի մնամ Հայաստան, ընկերակցելով իրենց: Կ’ուզեմ պատմել խումբի տպաւորութիւններուս մասին:

HYE-ER!

I hesitate to write about my experience in Armenia only because it is difficult to find words to explain my emotions. Constantly being surrounded by everything Armenian amazes me every morning when I open my eyes in Yerevan.

A Roman Temple and a Church in a Rock

Our visit to Garni and Geghard today marked the first time we truly got a glimpse of this country’s natural beauty. The road up to Garni was windy and kind of bumpy, but the views of the Ararat valley were incredible. Once we got to Garni, we got to walk inside the temple which was built before Christ during Armenia’s pagan years. I had only read about things this old in textbooks, but today I got to sit on the steps of one and take a picture with it. By far the best thing about the temple is that it sits at the edge of a steep canyon with the Garni River winding through it. The view from up here is truly breathtaking and to just stand there and feel the wind on your face and soak in the view was amazing.

Lessons on the Price of Freedom

As you all have heard, the trip has been amazing. It’s my first time in Hayastan and it’s pretty hard to find words to describe the emotions you get when you visit places that you have read about and seen in pictures. Today we went to the churches of Soorp Gayane and Soorp Hripsime. The designs and details and size of each of the buildings are truly unbelievable, especially after you find out that the churches were built around 600 AD. Etchmiadzin was also an amazing sight to see. And I know I might sound generic when I use words like “amazing” and “unbelievable” but it’s impossible to find words in any language that can describe the places we’ve seen. They really are places that you need to see for yourself.

Museum Musings and Future Wedding Plans

We started out our wonderful journey by heading to the store to buy hatz yev baneer for breakfast. The group had an “intense” discussion about the previous night, then we went to the Bureau office to visit the museum that was located downstairs. Anoush, the curator of the museum, gave us an in depth tour of the exhibits. From what Anoush was saying, I immediately picked up the fact that she was extremely intelligent on this subject when she was speaking. However, as a non fluent speaker in Armenian, I found it very hard to understand what she was saying, due to the fact that she was speaking extremely fast; but I didn’t care because I’m so desperate to speak/understand my language that any exposure is great.

Youth Corps Arrives in Armenia: Day 1 in the Homeland

Anyone can tell you that the plane ride to the destination is the worst part of it all. The overwhelming anxiousness to finally arrive in Armenia kept me awake the full 20 hour trip. I didn’t know what to expect of Armenia once I got there but I had a feeling this would all be worth it. As we arrived to Zvartnots it hit me like a bag of bricks, I was in my Motherland for the first time. The only thing I wanted to do at this point was step out of the plane and say ‘Parev’ to everyone that I saw.

AYF Youth Corps Departs LAX; On Route to Armenia to Work for Homeland

After months of planning, preparation and endless fundraising, the Youth Corps of the Armenian Youth Federation departed from Los Angeles on Wednesday, headed toward the independent Republic of Armenia, where the group will run a day camp for youth in Gyumri.

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