Thursday, September 21, 2006

Photo for September 21, 2006.

Photo for September 21, 2006., originally uploaded by nazarian.

Today is the 15-th anniversary of the Republic of Armenia. 15 years ago the Armenian nation decided to no longer be part of the Soviet Union.

Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Photo for September 20, 2006.

Photo for September 20, 2006., originally uploaded by nazarian.

This actually is the backyard of a school in Vanadzor, Armenia. Hopefully, the children in the school will have more sense than to play here. But remembering my childhood, I highly doubt it.

This is one more example of the general attitude of not giving a rat's ass in Armenia.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Photo for September 18, 2006.

Cabbage fields, originally uploaded by loretsi.

Cabbage, in addition to potato, is about the only thing that grows in the Molokan village of Lermontovo in the Lori Region, Armenia. You can even see these fields if you look closely with Google Earth.

The Molokans make excellent pickled cabbage. It's crispier than your regular sauerkraut and has shredded carrots in it sometimes. I could eat half a kilo right now.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Photo for September 14, 2006.

Before_the_show, originally uploaded by nazarian.

Here is a sheep wearing a coat before the show. They look like the medieval horses of the knights when standing or walking around.

I asked one of the owners the reason for the outfit. She explained that the sheep are well groomed and therefore may catch cold because the fur has been trimmed. The second reason is that they want to be presentable before the jury. And the covers keep them clean.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Photo for September 11, 2006.

Photo for September 11, 2006., originally uploaded by nazarian.

The world's largest boar and her kids - all 13 of them. They were all asleep and did not mind children touching them. The little piglets didn't react to all the hugs that they received.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Photo for September 9, 2006.

Photo for September 9, 2006., originally uploaded by nazarian.

A sign advertizing the world's largest boar which was a really giant pig that had 13 piglets. Quite cute.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Photo for September 1, 2006.

sevan_monastery_from_the_beach, originally uploaded by nazarian.

A view of the Sevan Monastery churches from the beach.