Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I arrive!

Barev! (Hello in Armenian--I'm sure you could have figured that out)

Actually, I arrived about a week ago. Internet access, however, is available only in the central town, and our Language and Cultural Facilitators (LCFs) haven't yet showed us how to use the bus system on our own.

Right now I'm blogging from Charentsavan, a town of about 40,000. It's about a 45 minute bus ride from Yerevan, the capital city. It's not, however, where I live. I actually won't be disclosing that particular information, for safety's sake.

So far, Armenia is a beautiful country. The mountains are beautiful, and the villages are full of trees. My host family has a wonderful place. The house is nice inside, though it's very blocky from the outside; the garden, however, is incredible. Cherry trees, apricot trees, pear trees, and apple trees are everywhere, as well as tons of vegetables.

I apologize for the shortness of this post, but I have little time today. I wanted to let you all know that I'm here, I'm safe, and I'm having a great time.

7 comments:

qiranger said...

Glad to hear that everything is going well. I'm really looking forward to reading more of your adventures. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

As a suggestion.... since Net time is limited, you might want to pre-write your thoughts and then copy & paste them into the blogshpere.

Munching Zombie said...

Glad you have arrived and are enjoying yourself.

Sedative said...

The men?! What about the men? ;)

Kidding. :P

Michele (Razzy) said...

Based on my own exchange student experience in a place where the language also involved a completely different alphabet, I TOTALLY understand the difficulty of what you're going through. It's very tough, especially if street and building signs don't include versions using the Latin alphabet.

Hopefully all the mountains are making you feel right at home (at least a little bit).

Looking forward to your coming blogs.

Trevor said...

blogowebbing? in my Eastern Europe?

Cool beans man, hope the awesomeness levels keep going up.

-swooper74

Ari said...

Man, I remember the day I got to Korea, and realized that I didn't know Korean.

It was one thing arriving in Japan and having to put together all that I had learned. But not knowing any of the language? That's a challenge. I'm sure you'll do fine, though. It's a lot better when you're immersed anyway.

Good to hear from you!

tdmiracle said...

I am a true hill billy and know I have alot to learn but dont understand the comment about security Is it not a free country and just a personal thought If its not safe should you be describing the place lol It sounds like a wonderful place and you sound truley happy and excited Hope to hear from you soon You have my warmst thoughts and wishes Tim in Tn.