Author Archive of Tamar-alexanian

Armenia has a Smell – First Impression – U. Tamar Alexanian

Armenia has a smell.  It hit me the moment I stepped off of the airplane, jet lagged and vowing (once again) to never fly through Moscow.  It lingers on my skin, long after I’ve showered, making me feel like a physical part of this country. Sometimes Armenia’s smell is fresh; my first successful load of laundry hanging on our clothesline, for the neighbors to (literally) see; ten kilos of almost-ripe apricots, over-ripe cherries, baby strawberries,

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My Javakhk Experience – U. Tamar Alexanian

After years of participating in youth seminars, attending Saturday school, sitting through Sunday church services and hearing my Medzmama’s countless stories in broken English, I finally had the opportunity this summer to visit the country I’ve felt a deep connection to since before I can remember.  On the plane ride to Armenia, I felt giddy with expectations.  At eighteen, I felt too old to be visiting for the first time; all of my other friends

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