Das ist „der Besuch“

Dear  Readers,

lets hope that ill manage to type all this up and post it today, since today is Sunday and I really don’t have a lot of  time haha.

So this week! It started pretty well, school is going pretty alright, except for  the fact that im loosing motivation to like do the reading club. It started with me knowing that i have the 5th graders club on Monday, and well I just never came around to track them down in school and tell them that they have the club with me because I wasn’t there during my holiday and that’s why I think they thought that i stopped offering it.You always have to remind them because their growing little minds are always packed with something else. So well , I fucked up Monday. And well then, because I already fucked up monday, i kinda just didnt t feel the motivation or really care about Tuesday either haha. So yeah,the Reading club had a little break this week.

Oh and well since i promised that I would take pictures of animals when i could, i did. I think it was even Monday, when a family of cows crossed my path on my way home so here they are :

(not the best picture quality I know, but well , you and I have to live with  it 😉 )

So  what did I do during  the week? Well besides the discouragement of the Reading club, I was really busy with my Projects, like really. before I go into what im doing in my Armenian lessons. So as i mentioned, last week i finished with the alphabet and that my future lessons would be with a more practical. And well, I started with things like talking about myself and introductions. Then we passed on to talking about one’s family and basic things like hobby. I also started catching up with my Armenian vocabulary, Elen gave me quite a number of verbs to learn. So ill be working on that again but it’s just very difficult to concentrate and sustain the constant learning and motivation feed to learn all those vocabulary cards.

Other wise I was very busy with the “ Deutsh lernen mit König Artus “ or “ Learn German with King Arthur “ project. A page will be made for that once it has been completed, or maybe a bit earlier. That way u can actually update on the progress and milestones I hit on the way. Additionally I also have the “ Bauhaus“ project which will also get a site of its own once I manage to plan out the basics and outline of that event. It really just is very tiring and stress haha because im pretty sure that I won’t be able to complete the “ Deutsch lernen mit König Arthus“ Projekt untill the end of my Service here so I’ll probably finish it in Germany and send over 2 copies, one for the Goethe Centrum And one for the school. But none of that now! That l all get elaborated on its own side haha. Alright well during the week I also tried to meet up with the German teacher from the secondary school to talk with her about what I could do with the students who would be interested in having a weekly lesson with me. It didn’t work out haha yeah so I’ll try to fit that into next week! Oh and well I really started liking herbs here and well I always eat them with scrambled eggs and while I was shopping, I paid quite a low price for my purchase. In the picture are two bushels of mixed herbs, 6 pieces of red beetroot, 3 apples, 2 Kiwis, and that for 800 dram or well 1.30€ . A ridiculously cheap price.Below is a picture of my successful “ raid“:

Another thing i did for the first time was that i developed quite a craving for fried potatoes, and that’s why, I needed potatoes. And we had just run out potatoes in the Apartment, and that’s why I decided to  venture alone  into the basement, where i knew they had their stash of potatoes. So i asked emma for the key, flashlight and the direction to which door i had to go to. It was the second last door on the night. And so I went downstairs and found the place, although it was a bit scary at the beginning. Here is a picture of the Hallway and the Storage unit:

 

 

And well when i arrived in Yerevan on Thursday evening, we had a visitor, Johanna. She is a friend of Elisas, from her little community in rural Germany. And well she was visiting her since she just got done with her Abi and well she already met up with Elisa in Georgia and made her way down to Yerevan. She got here on Thursday. Friday  Elisa, her friend and I started of the day by finally going to the Matenadaran, the Armenian language museum. We where thinking about getting a tour guide , but I generally don’t like following people who explain things to me so i manged to convince them to just go in by  our own and so we did. We did however occasionally latch on to one or the other travel group where we could understand what they where saying. We walked around fora bit and well kinda got bored haha, and since Elisa already was there once, she quickly showed us to the important things and explained a bit so we could dip out of there.

Next thing on our plan was to have some lunch and at the same time meet a friend which Johanna and Elisa made in Tbilisi. I called him Fiat because the  name sounded quite similar. We ate at Jengalovhaz, and we came there earlier and ordered 3 Jengalovhaz and a nice mint tea. We talked a bit and after 30 minutes or so Fiat arrived. While we where waiting we (Elisa and Johanna) where gossiping about him. He arrived, and he was this probably like 30-year-old energy bundle and we just sat a bit and talked. He was this  like alright dude, who through his kinda shady business, can afford to travel around how he is doing. But overall he was despite his energy like a wacky person. And well, we all just kinda wanted to move on and continue with our day plan, and every time we where like moving towards the end of the conversation, Elisa would always say something critical to keep it going or like “ You can join us later“ so haha me and Johanna always exchanged dreadful looks.

After that we basically just went home and chilled until 19:00 came around. 19:00 was when the Ballet was starting and we had tickets to that Ballet. The Ballet was „Cippolino„. and here are two pictures from the performance and Elisas lovely face right when the performance was starting.

Im pretty sure you can tell yourself which picture is which.

But well, in  summary,while the actual ballet was not that interesting, but it was quite amusing trying to find out and the whole plot and the meaning of the acts and characters, since we didn’t read a Ballet summary before. So yeah, and after that while we where getting our coats and getting ready to leave to home, we decided to really throw a party at our place. I ordered 5 Pizzas from a new Pizza place and we all wrote people who we knew. We rushed home and started cleaning up and going shopping for alcohol and such. And as we where standing in line and i was ready to pay, I reached for my wallet and realized that it was gone. II panicked quite strongly because I had quite a lot of things in there. My identity cards, my insurance and credit card and about 100€ in AMD. So Elisa payed and Martin and me walked down the way we came to see if I maybe dropped it somewhere on the way. Sadly we didn’t find it there and when we came back to the supermarket, the rest had left for home already and so we head there as well. Me in a quite shitty and wacky mood. And well, after I had made it up to the stairs to the apartment, I was told that i had never taken my Wallet to the Ballet and that it was lying right there on the table the whole time, so that was a quite positive turn of the evening and i was very relieved.

So we cleaned up, Martin invited a student of his and his friend, both of which showed up and Annajan also came around and we all started drinking. Anna jan is also the person i introduced Johanna as the „Besuch“ or Visitor as, hence the title of this Blog entry.Soon after the Pizzas arrived and we started eating. And well after a while of alcohol and food we where quite drunk already and headed out. In conclusion to the evening, we got denied at one club and just basically got very shit faced at the Stoyka before just coming home. Nothing memorable and not the best experience.

And well, the next Morning all of us just woke up totally hung over and dead. We just sat around at home since we where literally wasted and that was the reason why the day was also wasted.

Sunday, we went to the vernissage where i bought a quite an old german book about Armenia , Martin bought a Book in Russian which talked about history to help his russian skills. Johanna was looking for a ring which she didn’t find sadly, but we did see a whole new side of the vernissage. WE walked around to the end of the market and around the far sides and saw really cool and weird things like old postcards, medical equipment, chemical equipment, military equipment and all kinds of other jazz. Other than that we just headed to crumbs to eat some lovely food and after that, we just headed home and chilled there like always haha.

Monday was the start of the normal working week again which meant that Martin and Kira had to head to their jobs. Well only martin, because Kira was hella sick. Elisa had taken off for Johanna and I was well, just being lazy and decided to allow myself another free day because Tuesday and Wednesday where Work off days. So we three sat down in the morning and decided to take a look at the Church on the Sevan Peninsula , Sevanavank , so Johanna could see some other part of Armenia as well, not only Yerevan. We hopped into a GG and got to the northern Bustation to hop onto the Matrschroutka to Sevan. Sadly, the men there told us that the bus was already fool and I improved and asked when the Bus to Chambarack would be leaving. They said that it would leave in around 5 minutes, so I decided that we would just hop onto that one, because it also passes the Sevan Peninsula, and we would just hop off there. And thats what we did. We drove there and I don’t quite ask how our guest likes the trip haha but lets continue! The moment we hopped of at the road leading into the Peninsula we were hit with the Wind. I had warned everyone to put on some extra clothes because it would be cold and the wind would be strong, but I wasn’t ready for this haha. We walked for 15 minutes through the icy wind to the steps of the Hill and climbed them. That part was even worse, i was afraid to get some ear infection or a cold because of the strong wind. Once up, we huddled into the sides of the old monastery and hid in the chapel, where we enjoyed the idyllic silence and light smell of candles for a few minutes before making our way down again. It was kinda wack because normally the view from the chapel over the land/seascape is quite stunning. ( If you have been with me from the start of this blog and know the couple of first pictures, you’ll know) and on that day, it was just quite murky, haily and cloudy.

Here are some Pictures of the bad weather and view:

We got ourselves a Khachapuri and a gata from the small bakery below where the baker could surprisingly speak German before we hopped into a Taxi back to Yerevan.  At home we just hunkered down and drank some Hot chocolate and marshmallows and Johanna got a hair cut and well, the evening was quite interesting in many ways because of a few medical issues xD No further Comment. And that was Monday.

Tuesday was a pretty simple day. We headed out to the national Gallery of Yerevan to look at the permanent exhibition there and it was quite cool. I didn’t know that they had ancient Roman or Egyptian artifacts there. But looking at the history, it makes sense haha. Otherwise we all admired the works of Aivazovsky and Saryan for example. I dont include pictures of the Artworks because first of all it would ruin the „Yerevan experience“ for you and ill maybe even make or post into an „Art“ Page ill make here where ill post pictures ill draw based on things ive seen in the Museums! So well see.We did sadly leave too early because we all skipped out on breakfast kinda, me and Johanna had Instant noodles haha, and well just wanted to eat. Which we did of course, at Tashir Pizza. After that we went and looked at the Church of St.Gregor the Illuminator, which is right at the Metro Station Zoravar Andronik , which we then used to get home haha. The evening was quite interesting too! That evening was the „March against Turkey“ Protest, which aimed at getting attention towards the fact that Turkey hasn’t really accepted the fact that they committed genocide. We joined them around 8 pm. , and joined Martin and two of his students who were already in the march. There we also got DIY torches and just walked the Kievyan street down to the Genocide memorial Park. We chilled there for a bit before just heading back home because we where cold, hungry and tired. `We managed to Order sushi and other Asian delivery food at 23:30 and well, waited until around 0:30 until it came. I swear, i was so fucking happy once the delivery guy called haha. We enjoyed our Asian cuisine with a small cup of 10 year old Ararat and after the dinner, Johanna , Elisa and Me still had one Cha Cha shot, where i almost threw up, but lets forget that. We talked for a bit more before going to sleep and ending that final full day.

Genocide day, or this Wednesday was very relaxed. We just basically sat around. Julian, a Volunteer from Georgia who had only had a half-year service had come around to visit so we joined out little party aswell. Around lunch time we headed out to the city to eat some traditional for Elisa Guest and after that, with an Ice cream, headed back home where we also had to leave immediately so that Johanna could catch her connection to Tbilisi , where she would be flying home from. So 30 minutes later and standing at the Kilikia Bustation, we waved the minibus good-bye where Johanna was in.

And that basically summed up the „Visitor week“ i was planning on reporting on.

Oh and another two facts  during the week:

I had quite the problem with sleeping, always waking up between 5 and 7 mostly, which had its personal and emotional reasons, but that always was a bit frustrating haha.

Oh and I started learning “ Time in a Bottle“ on the UkeleleUkelele is quite  easy and fun instrument to learn with which you can do quite a lot. And with the help of the Internet, Johanna and Elisa, I did quite well, Apparently i learn it very fast so I guess good on me 😉

dont know with Johanna there it really was a change of pace. Maybe because it was another „new“ German, maybe not. Who knows 😉 haha. Anyways, here are some of the memorable jokes which were made while she was there:

  1. Killing Martin by simply placing a pillow onto his face while he sleeps. because he sleeps like an Egyptian mummy and doesn’t move.
  2. Complimenting with “ Inkompitent
  3. Learning Jenisch, and mostly using „fesch
  4. Having lovely people like Murat around Johanna
  5. Generally patriotic Armenian jokes like the toast “ Auf Hayastan und Tod den Türken“ and being admitted as an Armenian citizen when you have seen, drank and taken a drag of Ararat.
  6. Stell dich nicht so an“

But there’s quite a number of many other things , but those are too much to mention. Besides, its best kept in oneself. Anyways, the general visit was really another highlight of this FSJ so i hope ill be able to see Elisa and Johanna next year again after this service during my „Transgerman Bike tour“ But that’s maybe a post for itself.

Illl be having another pretty stressy and busy end of the week and Weekend with the Goethe Institut and maybe even Elisa so thatls be coming up next!

I cant wait to see the sea of comments haha, hope you enjoyed reading, I apologize for the bad grammer ,spelling and ill see you soon!

A ты куда пропал?

„A ты куда пропал?“ or rather “ where did you disappear too?„was what one of the Groundskeepers of the school asked me fleetingly on my second day back at school and well, I thought it would be fitting for this Blog post, since I have been gone from my duty in Armenia aswell as neglecting my blog duties. (He didn’t mean it as passive aggressively as it sounds like hah)

Well, ill just skip the things that happened in the time where I was non-active on here, because first of all know that not alot or no special things had happened and plus, it was in the past and I should rather report on things that are current… which brings me to this week really!

So I arrived back in Chambarack on a Wednesday and well, I decided to stay over the weekend because it would make me slip into life here again. And well, it did help! Towards the start of the second week I was bustling and busy like never before. Eline was pressing too because im a lazy Armenian learner and I had my own projects, visions and lessons which i wanted to complete and plan. But before I elaborate on developments there, I would like to address something.

I noticed that people here are extremely humble, for example, emma. She works a full day job, cooks basically every meal at homecleans and makes sure everything runs smoothly and in school. Not only that but she often sits at home, late in the evenings after she had done every chore, reading german text books and planning future ideas and lessons. Its really insane how… committed? She is towards certain things she is passionate about. Not only does she care about students, but also fro a school as a whole, which brings me to a thing I was working on quite alot this week.

So a while back, Emma told me that she came in Contact with a Foundation in Germany which was looking to support and finance something for schools who needed upgrades in every aspect possible, and she asked me to help her out in matters of communication. Of course I agreed! It seemed like quite an interesting thing to work on. And well this week Emma told me that the foundation had sent her the Contract, how it was until now. I looked over it, explained it to her and translated a few parts she didn’t understand, because she then had to go to the director and convince him to be onboard and sign the Contract. We would be getting am Amount for 10 new computers (including mouse, keyboard and screen) and that would be quite an upgrade to our existing Computer room. SO she went to his office and talked to him about it before coming to me a bit distressed because he didn’t agree to the agreement. The actual terms were fine! The issue was how the transaction would proceed. Before the Foundation would give us the money, they would have to receive the completed contract between the school and the IT Company aswell as the schools bank information. The problem is that signing a binding contract without having the actual funds to pay for the agreement is in a grey area in the Armenian financial laws and out director didn’t want to put his financials at risk. After being in contact with the foundation nd the company about this problem, we came to inserting a clause into the agreement between the SChool and the IT Company which read that this contract will come into action after the school recieved the full amount of funds onto their bank account.

And well i wrote that contract between the school and the COmpany. It was alot of work haha and I was quite nervous because it was quite a sum of Money. After around two hours of formulating, thinking and using german words I haven’t heard in quite a whilewe finally printed out three copies which the director and the bussiness owner signed in his office. One for us, One for the business and one original for the foundation in Germany. So now what we will have to see is if the foundation had updates their contract and when they will send it to us so we can sign that as fast as possible aswell to start the processing and transaction process. That happened on Thursday afternoon. There are quite a few other things that happend this week haha.

So I also started my Armenian lessons again with Eline. One good accomplishment though! I managed to finish the lst set of Letters in the Alphabet.  Yay! Haha, it’s kinda sad, but im very determined to further my Skills alot! We started to learn more specialized vocabulary in the upcoming lessons and im very sure that ill be getting into conjugating verbs in the diferent times aswell!

Aside from the two above mentioned things I also was planning a new project which will be written about and made part in a new page and got approve to continue my „Zerbrochenes Gemälde“ Project so that was quite an issue aswell. Here was a picture of my quite messy desk during the week haha.

Oh and another thing that is finally happening here is that the snow is slowly disappearing. Last week and the start of this one still had the mountain sides in the distance and Chambarack being covered in a good amount of snow. From Wednesday on around, the sun started to show itself again after a long winter again and the snow slowly started to dissapear again. That though, brought up another problem. All the melted snow came down flowing through Chambarack, the football field in front of our balcony was quite swamped and overrun by water and streams of water was flowing over the streets and gushing down the nwely installed gutters. It probably flowed down into the direction of the Sevan lake. Here two pictures of that natural phenomenon happening. I think ill call it the „Great snow migration.“

 

Otherwise, spring has really started to show! Things have started to bloom and grow while the Animals are out again aswell. Now groups of chickens roam the streets while new born calfes and their familys happily are outside. Ive even seen some Horses and goats roaming around! Ill try and take pictures when I can for the animals fans there! ( you know who you are)

Alright, so that was the week. Now to the weekend!

AS always, it started with me heading of to Yerevan. That happened when TigranEmmas sontook me with him after I finished writing the Contract between the school and the IT Company. He took me with a friend of his, she was really fucking annoying haha if I may say so and I hope they don’t read this, back to Yerevan where he even called me a taxi to take me to the aprtment , because I didnt have internet on my phone. Heres a picture of the Gas station we stopped to tank:

had some plans for the weekend which where:

Go to the Goethe Centrum and return a book while also taking some cds which broke in Chambarack to replace them.
Go to Vivacell MTS and get a Simcard to fit my old phone because my old one had broken and the slim slot was too big.
Have some fun!
Now to how those plans worked out!

I went there on Friday and did exactly what I needed to do! Now ill just have to replace the audio and make sure that the CDs i took are the ones we actually broke h.
Somewhere during Friday evening with a talk with Elisa I think, I brought up my prolem and she blurted out that she had like a SIM stencil where I could just put my Simcard in. She went into her room and soon after brought me back the stencil. It fit after a bit of work nicely and now im back to my old moile plan! Stupidly, I realised that I had exactly the same stencil in my backpack in some corner, hidden away haha.
didi had a good time catching up with Kira, Martin and Elisa again. We went to a PASCH event, got drunk and went out and of course cooked together, below is a picture:

(Hope they dont sue me)

So in general, it was a pretty good Week! Just very busy and alot of work and things to do, good and bad haha. Well, I find that this Blog entry is written a bit weirdly so I promise to make the one next week as it was before!

Till next Week!

The German Hitparade

Well,

This has happened about 1 and a half month ago. There was this big build up to the event Holga, an employee of the PAD, who worked as like an organizer, „cultur-worker“ and teacher in Armenia for German education and culture. He planned out this big event which would bring together two students from all PASCH schools around Armenia for one big singing contest in Yerevan. So of course, my school was also invited to it. The contestants of my school where Ashot and Milena.

Ashot had gotten the song „Augenbling“ by SEEED and Liana had the song „Wie schön du bist“ by Sarah O Conner. While Lianna had already experience in singing. Having a quite good voice, attending Singing school for a couple of years and singing in front of bigger crowds multiple times, I focused my attention on Ashot, who well was really doing his best. I still thought that he had quite the potential in the whole act so I really started thinking about many aspects. Thoughts about his actual performance, not only the singingso the dancingcostumes and appearance came to my mind and I started to really feel the task I was given.

So, over a few monthshe and I started practising together.

First, I started by just being there with him as he sang the text, by looking of the text, occasionally correcting his pronunciation and other minor mistakes. Next, I told him to learn he text off by heart, which was not an easy task, not even native germans, know it perfectly. The tricky part was that the last segment of the Song was in Patwa/Patua english, which already is ridiculous because he never had English lessons in his life.

While he was being a good boy and practising the text out loud at home daily, I focused the practising lessons on getting his act up. The first time I put him up onto the small stage and said“ Lets go!„He just awkwardly shuffled around my mumbling the text and not raising his head at all. So,I did the cliche movie move and got up there with him. I started dancing and singing on stage, without showing any sign of embarrassment and well just told him to follow me, or look at me or just do what he feels like. That action really got me pumped. Like I really felt like a teacher or like someone who could so something. I don’t know, its quite a weird thing to explain haha

Well anyways, we continued to practise away. I knew that it was going to be a tight fit. Sadly we did miss a good amount of time because

 a) I was gone                               

 c)bad communication

 b)he was not there                      

d)Me not  pressing through to hunt him down and ask when he had time.

e) Only meeting once a week

But none of that now, let’s continue! We decided to dress Ashot up as like the Main Singer Peter Fox as he was on a different Album cover. It would be a slick suit with a tie. Over time, the act slowly came together. He learnt the text of pretty wellhe even learned the english part unbelievably well. His behaviour on stage started to get better, so I took us to the next step. We scanned through the text together and found parts in the lyrics where he would do small dance moves or gestures to reflect the contents of the song. We had quite a few cool things. He had a part where he would act like someone should call him or h would point at a random person when he would say „You“. I sadly cant go into every single little detail of the whole performance which we planned out. If I find the copy of the Lyric text ill be sure to post it here, There you can see all the comments, marking and parts we changed, planned and how we interpreted them.
The time ran through our fingers and for the last two weeks before the Event, I wanted to ask the Class teachers to tell the kids to go into the big auditorium where Ashot would be practising so Ashot could prepare himself to perform in front of a big crowd. Because the event would at least be attended by 200 peopleI wanted to do anything, so that Ashot got used to perform in front of a crown and being comfortable in that positionbecause that plays quite a big impact on the actual performance. Sadly, that did not work out and well, I was a bit disappointed at myself, but I was sure that the performance would work out in the end.

Well the day of the Event came around, it was a Saturday, and we (the two performers and me) had to be there at around 9 for a final check. So we all three hopped into Ashots parents car who where friendly enough to drive us there at 7:30 and made our way to Yerevan. The rest of the people invited, so a few teachers and students would be driven to the“Arno Babajanjan“ concert hall at around 11 where the performances actually started. We arrived a bit early and well soon after the other volunteers and Holga, the organizer I mentioned above , arrived and we were let in.

Of course we volunteer where dressed up all nicely, all in dress shirts, black pants and a tie or a bowtie. (just as a side comment haha)

Anyways, we set up the hall a bit and waited for the other participants to settle in so we could start the final checks. Here is a picture of the establishment while it was still empty:

So the people slowly arrive from the other schools aswell, and we start the whole final check up process. When it was my turn for the kids to come and practise, I made sure that they would move enough (plus points for the act) and there was another problem. The microphone was very sensitive with the distance of the sound, which meant that you really had to hold the mike close to your mouth, so it would work, Sadly even during the final check up, Ashot was struggling with it a bit and well, that kinda was a small foreshadow of what would happen later.

The whole process at the start was too chaotic already. Martin and Elisa where put in charge for the slides and music and I was just helping out here and there where I could. We had too little time and well, there where teachers pressing us to be the next one to practise, while others wanted more time and etc.. It was chaotic haha. Anyways, we managed to get through the Bulk and the guests also started to settle in. We had quite prominent guests like the Minister of Education, the Mayor of Yerevan and the German embassador. Nikol Pashinyan was also invited, but he sadly didn’t come haha.I would rather skip the actual description of the Actual performance and explain it a bit, before elaborating on some pros and cons of the whole thing and other notable events that happened.

So the event would be built up with each performer/group performing their song on stage with their music in the background, and after their act, would get a score from the four Judges that where there. (all of them, musical professionals and in the Armenian Music and industry business, well-known people).

Now that was the Original plan, and well frankly, mostly things don’t go as planned and it didn’t haha.

So well everything that went wrong/was bad:

1.The judges complained that it was too difficult to judge each contestant and would rather have a summarized feedback after every 3 acts or so.

2. One Judge just left after 15 minutes or so and didn’t come back.

3. Lianna never got her evaluation because of. (1)

4. We forgot to give the presents out in the end.

5. The event was pretty unfair since there was a big age gap present. The youngest performer was nine and the oldest 18. Otherwise, there was a big difference in the skill level. Some of the performers did what they did professionally, while other just did it for the first time.

To all the good things:

1.Despite the Chaos, it was a pretty successful Event. It was published in Armenian Tv with Interviews and even back home in several prominent newspapers.

2.The judges handed out personalized awards to their favorite act, Like a Photoshoot or music video shoot.

3. I cant reiterate tis, but Holga. I know I have not talked alot about him but he really put so much work into this. Not only did he plan the whole event, he even contacted all the original artists of the chosen song and asked them to record, a message for the performer. One artist even ended up coming to Armenia. He really deserves alot of the credit here. A great man!

But now to the performances of Lianna and Ashot:

Lianna: Lianna performed quite well, even though she wasn’t anything „special“ she definitely had her best act on stage. She sang wellhitting all the high notes in her text while being active enough on stage with her body. Sadly because of the judges complaint about the evaluationshe didn’t receive one, even when we asked multiple times after her act. A shame really. We even considered her pretty high up for the award „Winner of the Crowd.

Ashot: Ashot, as mentioned above, had a small problem with the microphone. That sadly was hearable in the performance, or shall I rather say… unhearable;) haha. But really it was a shame, and I must say that he had much better playthrough during our practice sessions, but I don’t really blame him. I could see, and he also told me that he was extremely nervous and well it just got to him. Im very proud of him, though!

And that concludes the summary of that extraordinary event. What matters is that everyone had fun! And everyone did!

P.S. A professional media crew was hired to take pictures and videos during the event and once I have a link or access to the material, ill post it on here!

We return live from Armenia

Well hi!
Im back, officially, and I apologise for my inactivity! I had quite alot of things to deal with the past 2 months and I coudnt find the motivation or the will to keep writing buuuuut.. now ill do my best to keep on, becuase I realized the importance of it! So look forward to posts in the Future!
With best regards,
Me

The Next More Fun Week !

Well after sleeping out the night out on Saturday night, we all just lay round at home for the first half of Sunday morning. I didnt have a hangover but i did feel a bit sicky, so i was also mainly passsive. After forcing down some food and boring our asses of at home , we decided to go and do something. The Plan was to walk through a Park our walking guide Tigran told us a daz earlier and after that, finish some errands and visit the „Blue Mosque“ (the last and only mosque in Yerevan),

So we took the subwaz down to the citz center and walked to the park. The Entrance wasthrough a at least 500 meter long tunnel through a massive hill. Once through it, it was verz intereresting. For some reason it was totallz qieut and warmer, it was pretty amazing to be honest. We walked aalong the side of the hill along the valley, there where abondoned parks and plazgrounds and even a „Childrens Railroad“ which was full with its own little trainstation, tracks and even miniature version but stilll fully funcitonal wagons and locomotives.  WE walkde down along the tracks, as we saw other people doing aswell and even saw a little pool where people where swimming after working out at th outdoor gym which was on the valleys other hill side. We walked for around 30 to 45 minutes untill the valley slowly opened up and we turned a little towards the city again. We emirged into the city again at the Bridge where the Noy and Ararat Cognac factories where located and made our way to the Blue Mosque. Here are some pictures:

So we walked out of  the Valley, back into the city and after walking down a few streets and turning some corners we already where at the Blue Mosque. We just walked in since it wwas open to the public and really enjozed the intriate and beatiful, middle eastern and muslim architecture, deisgns and tile sets. We sat down onto  a bench and rested, since we all where still extremely tired and unmotivated and just enjoyed the calm atmosphere before leaving.Heres a picture from inside, definetlz a must see!

So after we left the Mosque, we walked to the next train station, which was as I remember, oh no, actuallz we walked straight down past the Goethe centrum to the Russia Mall where we would do some grocery shopping and check some stores for a little plastic file shelf I was and still am looking for . So we did the shopping for the dinner, and i sadlz came out empty handed with the Item  i was lookingffor so we just hopped onto the subwaz  and rode it all the waz down to the  end station and  the place wwhere we live: Barekamutyun or in Russian : Drujba ( which means peace). We dipped home, made ourselves some food and even though we talked about going out again, that though quickly seemed unviable since we just dozed off and finished the day.

The next Monday was lovely, It was free since It was the National holiday of the day of the Army and I started off nicely and ordering myself a large fry, 2 hamburgers, and 9 nuggets from Burgerking at 11 am. It was fucking amazing and ill be tturning it into a weekly rituala haha. Heres a before and after picture of the „breakfast“ i had:

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Now after the Food, i dont really remember what happend. Im pretty sure we all just alzed around a bit before getting up. Me packing my stuff and driving to a differnt Ice skating place at the Winterpark, which is on the Tiblissyan on the way to my buststaion. And it was dope as fuck.It  was almost 3 times cheaper and the iceskates where actually decent and the Rink was much bigger and in a much better quality. I could actually drive properly with jumps, flips, backwards and tricks and all. It was dope but I had to dip at around 3:20 because i had to catch a bus to the Busstation to get the Last bus to chambarack which i did manage.

Well i arrived and not alot of extraordinary things happend throughout the week. Notable things would be me finally strating my armenian with Elina. She gave me  book on the alphabets, like a kids book and its bee going alright. Its difficult becuase i was learning the prinmted writing off by heart at home and i show up to the first lesson at school and bum, she confuses me by telling me that ill also be learning the written kind ( the printed and written are very differnt ) so that currently a struggle, im 11 letters in, almost one third of the ways, yaay!

Anoush jan also commented something funny as she walked in after my lesson and said that I wsa having an armenian reading club in here (Funny because im doing a german one). Additionaly I  got to know emmas old and now retruned student. Baghrat the chief doctor for the Military basis here. He speaks pretty well german and wishes to move tehre to specialize himself in vascular surgery and maybe start workingf and living there. Thats about it haha

A More Fun Week!

(Im definetly not writing this a week late)

Now haha, where did we stop?Oh right, a lovely weekend of my friends in Chambarack and a good end of the week with the Kids in my yard, playing around outside! Well after the weekend , there was of course the normal week again.

So Monday started with a nice Omen, to my bookclub with the 5th Grade, only one kid showed up to the lesson, even though i went to their class and told them before. There was some counter propaganda being done in the class, i  found out after some research, but im pretty sure ill be scary enough to force them into the Bookclub next week 😉 But heres a quite cute and amusing picture :

 

Following the next day, i went and go tell the 6th Grade about the book club thats going to happen after their usual lessons. Funnily i encountered some of the children from the 5th grade in the class room so i got pretty confused if i told the 6th or 5th Grade twice and thus, like forgot about a grade. Not going to lie, I still dont know which and who is who haha, Ill do my best to  to separete the two and manage to organize mz programm accordingly haha. Well around Tuesday ot Wednesday I got reminded about something oretty important and work heavy which i just forgot. The Goethe Centre allowed two GErman students to travel to germany each year aswell as Fuunding a Tri-national Summertraining camp in Georgia with Armenians, Georgians and Aseris (Aserbajanian). And well, i was supposed to take care of the Applications for both Groups and well theres 24 Applicants together. Each applicab has to fill put a two page form where they also have to wwrite their Motivation as well as optional Interview. And well , my hard work was to make them write it, give me the inforation as well hand over their languaag proficiency certificates for cscanning. It sounds pretty easy, but its really alot of stress and work. Alot of running around and trying to get information out of people. But looking at how things are now, Il´m pretty sure that ill be done in the next two days. Which is still before the deadline so im good.  I Just hope that i dont piss off or annoy my boss beacsue she is the one evaluating the applications haha.

Otherwise  I also baked myself a Pizza with some help of Emma ( for the dough) because its a pretty good eat-when-you-want meal ( I made two of the ones in the pictures´and they  lasted around 2 days), heres a picture ^^.:

 

Then throughout the week we had much more food and drinks in the living room then usual. Unlike ( i think) teachers rooms in Germany, the teachers room in Armenia literally sometimes feel like a family, like everybody is nice and sweet, they dish out food and drinks and we all like gather and eat together, quite sweet actually. The first time they even cut up Potatoes and baked/fried them on the metal oven featured here before. They where quite tasty. The teachers even brought home made Wine which was pretty good actaully. The smell and taste kind of remindedn me of the Grape (flavour) present in Japan. The second little feast was on Friday, Friday was the day schools celebrated the „Day of the Army“ In armenia. The directo himsle brought out some vodka and ordered some Kebab to celebfate the fact that his son came back from the military , since in Armenia, when your sons go of to the military, you dont kknow if theyll come back. There was a small performance after the lessons from the 9th grade dressed up all in Unifrom and marching singing and telling stories about the patriotic armenian army. For me, it was a pretty absurd but interesting thing to expeirece, but yet again that just shows the difernces of out countries, societys and worlds. Now, after that work day ended, i finished the Friday by hitching a ride with Tigran back to Yerevan where i joined my friends for a pretty cool Weekend. We had agreed to meet up since it would be Elisa birthday on Sunday. We all had a nice dinner and finished the evening with just talking and relaxing for the weekend.

Saturday we did quite a bit,  but its kind of not coming back haha. I remeber that we went Ice-skating, on the most disgusting rink ive have ever been too. I payed 10 bucks for the mosty worn out iceskates aswell as a tiny ass skating aread. But im glad, because i know i wont ever go there again. Oh and before that we went on a Free walking tour with our guide Tigran. He was a bit sketchy but sweet in the end and we had a nice time with him ^^. Well now after that and a lovely lunch and iceskating :

(Definetly not worth it, it was 10bucks for the worst Iceskates, Worst Iceskatingrink and a short period of time, go to the one at the Winter park instead!)

we returned back to our place, but not before going to the super market for some groseries. Since we planned going out that night we bought Some gin and some of that… Pomegranate Vodka ( people who know what it is will know haha) and some things to mix with and headed back home where we put the kinds into the freezer and just chilled again haha .After making some dinner and pregaming quite a bit we where all set to go! At that time it was around 10 and Martin would be meeting us at the first Bar since he had dancing lessons before.

First stop:     Bar

So first we went to the „Anune“ Bar and well, we waited for around 15 minutes outside while waiting for martin, since we are the very best friends. We just played around a bit on the little playground/park infront of the place untill amrtin arrived and then headed in. It was pretty empty and we just sat in a corner, rodered a whiskey and played Cards against Humanity.

Second Stop ( as far as i remember) : bu´Burgerking

So after having plenty to drink, we all sat into a cab and drove for like.. 3 minutes( quite unneccesarry) and got of at the Northern avenue and stumbeled into the Burgerplace. We somehow ordered some burgers and fries and well just devoured them in out  tipsy/drunk stupor. At 12:00 we loudly sang happy birthday to Elisa, since it was her birthday. When we where about to leave, Kira stumbeled and basically fell onto the floor. Just to summarize, we where the drunk, foreigners haha.

Third Stop:  Stoyka Bar/Club

After the little fooding, we made our way to the highlight of the evening which was the „Stoyka“ Bar/Club, i really dont know what it is haha.So we go the steps into this little basement made out of 3 well made and equiped rooms and since we already had a good amount of alcohol inside us, we headed straight to the dance floor ( sounds hella cheesy). And well, we basically spent most of our time there. At one point martin wanted to do shots with me but we forgot haha. We left the place id say at around 1 isch after over an hour of dancing. I was sweaty and exhausted. but the night wasnt over there!

Fourth Stop:  The Embassy Club

So ive heard before that the Embassy club was a underground alternative techno club scene and well even though i wasnt the biggest fan of Techno music, i was still pretty excited to see how it was. we left the stoyka and walked down the street basically to the Childrens Park in the city center and first we thought the place was closed since the park it was in had its gates closed. But after walking around it, we found an entrance and entered a pretty bare two storeyhouse and after paying a 1000 Dram entrance , went down into the basement. There was a pretty stuffed room with neoen red lights, rythmicall and unison alternative Beats and well a croud of trace like people dancing. After dancing for around 20 minutes, we and martin went for the side lines and sat down on a couch and both decided that this thing we where at wasnt for us, and so we we left, and waited outside waiating for Kira, Elisa and Kira. 20 Minutes past, we all gatehred and got into a Cab home

Fifth Stop: The Mf bed

After dropping Kira of at her Place, we drove back to ours and well, just all passed out haha, we whre all tied and exhasuted and personally, it was the first evening out for a while where i really had fun.

 

I know that you probably really arnt very interested in reading this post but well too bad for you haha. Thank for reading and this is it for thispost! Below are some Analog pictures we took with Lisas Camera, of course we are only really showing the showable pictures haha <3

 

Disclaimer 2

Hello there,

If you notice while reading that its riddled by disgustingly misspelled words, bad grammar and the plethora of other things ,then dont be alarmed.  What I do is first type up the post , keeping the memories fresh and not paying attention to how I write before on some other point, going through the text and correcting everything. The mistakes will be all gone and corrected at some point in time. Just so you know, now anyways..

Enjoy reading and thank you for taking the time to reading. 🙂

When you meet Merkel in the Marschroutka

Soo,

Well this week was pretty standard, while i dont really remember monday… even though i did say tthat ill do my best and not be shy… so im very confused about this all.. Oh! I legit just remembered haha, It was my birthday on that day and thats why i think the day didnt go really as planned!  Well other wise it just snowed alot towards the edn of the week, like alot. Ive never seen snow fall that rapidely and Emma even said that if there would be a strng wind , that there would be a blizzard and that shes always nervous in these situations. But luckily none of that hapened.

I sepnd my birthday not very flamboyantly. I woke up like usual and went to work like usual, there some of the teachers got me small presents though,which was nice and ordered one big bix of Khachapuri, which was very yummy haha. Now when my work day ended, i was planning to go home but was stopped by a few kids I know and was surprised with a cute “ party“ out of a raffaello cake and some juice.I did feel pretty guilty because that cake probably did cost alot. WE did have a very nice time though and i did appreciate it alot. But otherside i just spent my day pretty boringly but my evening was the favorita part of my day. Emma made a really good dinner and with some local Vodka and good food we had a lovely dinner and conversation. That really made my day (the alcohol maybe played a role in there 😉 )Heres a pciture of the food:

Told you, bomb ass food..

Never the less, the week rolled on. Im not sure if i mentioned the „coldening“ weatther. Below is a picture of our high tech heating being switched on ( well its actaully alw´ready on, we just supplied it with some new fuel.):

The next funny thing that happened was what happened during the “ Emil und die Detektive“ class. It was aa rather boring thing and thus, the low partisipating number of kids where getting a bit more loudy and sloppy than usual. And so Mamikon, im sure ive mentioned him before, was making stupid noises and class and thus, he was sent to the corner, where he spent the rest classtime . He even participated pretty well I was very surprised, but im sure the he leaerned his lesson  haha here he is :

Well a high point of the week was  the end, especially the weekend. The people from Yerevan came to Chmabrack to visit me. Reasening would be my birthday partially aswell as giving them a small change of life, this weekend on the „country“ haha. Well so Martin, Elisa and Kira jumped onto the morning Marschroutka and arrived here at around 12 a.m . When i went to pick them up at the city centre it turned out the walked way past me on the other size of the street, turns out they got out a station too late and they kind of where trying to follow my instruction where to meet them. So i brough them up to my place and introduced them to Emma. (laptop just crashed, rip to the lost paragraph) Right after that we decided to make a small lunch of maccaroni and fsome vegetabke sauce whuch they got to enjoy with Emmas redicoulosly good Kompott, which they llike everyone else, loved haha. After lunch we went out and enjoyed the white landscape a bit by starting a snow ballf fight with each other. Of course we had many armenian onlookers from their apartment windwos. I tried to get some of the kids i know to come adn join us but tthey had somereason i didnt know of and thus, they didnt come down. Anyways, after around 45 minutes outside in the pretty cold we returned back inside where we proceeded to just chill, listen to muisc, talk and play a card games called “ Wizard“ which took up our time untill we heard some quick knockking on the door. I already knew who it was and sure it was the kids asking us to come out and play with them. After a quick persuasion of the rest of the groupwe suited up again and where greeted by snowballs flying towards us when we exxited the building. What ensued was a brutal, inhumane and cruel Snowball fight spanning over 40 minutes haha. It was very cool, i dont really know what to write about it. It was simply a good and fun snowball fight. After we came back home, soaked in snow we continuied out game of „Wizard “ which took up our time untill dinner. In that time the titel of this Post actaully orignated. We came onto the fact that Angela Merkel visited Armenianin december and that i didjt  know about it. And then the conversation turned to how she would be arrving and be acting in Armenia. That brought up the suggestion that she would be , so she woudnt be exposed to risks, blended in with the armenian locals, taking their little old and half brocken busses around town and how we would react if wed get onto the small crouded transporter and just see her sitter there calmy haha. Emma was so nice to make us some Rice, fried fish, Tattoo ( soething like pickled vegetables). We enjoyed out lovely meal with some wine and a very surprisingly strong and good homemade Cherry liquior Emma gave us. Im not going to lie, im going to try and ask Emma if she can make me a bottle for when i return back to Germany.  So we had a lovely dinner with good vies, good nourishment and interesting talk about mostly one topic : Femenism ( Kira 😉 ) haha. It sounds cringy but its interesting to har the opinions ande experiences from the other peeps.

So after dinner the twp genders kinda just took themselves, me and martin chilling in my room while the girls chilled intheri room. And so the nigh passed and we woke up around 9:30. After a quick waking up tea and breakfast fro some we departed to walking back to the buststaion where they would get on the marschroutka to Yerevan. Now funilly , bcause i didnt knwo the bus scedulce , we arrived 3 hours early haha so we startd walking back untill emma called me and told me that our neighbour would be driving in  ataxi back to yerevan and that it would be even easier fro then to go that way. And so they took the Taxi back. Well and i was left on my own again, but it didnt let that get me! That sunday was also a very good day beacuse of what ensued during the rest of day. I enjoyed another nice Snowball fight with the lids in the courtyard before other kids joinded and we ut out efforts to make a snow man, here a picture of the team:

Ah and from the left on :         , Stephan,       , suren, Goshar, David

After that a few kids went back inside while the others wher just egtting started. I helped the children get their sleds from the storage rooms under their houses and as a group we set out to a very small “ hill“ at the side of the road leading to our school. Ther the kids had alot of fun riding down in their sledges or just rolling dwon or sliding with their bodeis. I also had two runs, i was quite afraid since i had no controll and i was much to big for the sldges but  i didnt die haha. They even made a little train of 4 sledges and thundered down the hill just to tip over sideways at the bottom, laugh and run up again for another ride. But yeah, that really made me a bit happy and lifted my spirits. Well  but that was about it for this wekk, here are just the pictures from the visit from my friends and the Sled-play after. Hope to see you next week!

 

 

These where fom the visit and the time outside with martin, Elisa and Kira. The next ones are from my time after they left.

Haha i just noticed that you can see the progression of their little adventure down the hill haha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are …… Back at it agaain.

Soo Happy new year dear readers!,

I am sure that you all are glad that I am back after this break over the Christmas and new year break. I am also kinda. But also not because I will have to be typing up these again haha.

Now, lets start with recapping . Alright so I returned to Berlin and just enjoyed my time there

I must say that being in Berlin was a bit weird again. I don’t know, Berlin was having its typical winter weather of being dark , cold and wet and well it just seemed a bit more gloomy/ depressed than usual . I went ice-skating and to the movies on the first day when I arrived, not even sleeping after id already been awake for 20 ish hours and had arrived at 7 am in Germany. Unfortunately , I caught a small cold in the following few days around the time of christmas and I was worried if it would tun into something worse and id not be able to see a doctor because they would also be on holiday leave. Luckily,one of the doctors who was open on the holidays was near my place and so I gave her a visit, turned out all was really okay and I just needed rest. Sure enough after two to three days of just lying around in bed, drinking un humanly amounts of tea and water and sleeping good amounts, I turned out healthy again. And so I could enjoy my time back home again. So yeah, I just basically met up with a lot of people, went to a few parties, went out eating a lot of good things, visited friends from work and just enjoyed my.. “ old life“ if I may say in an exaggerated way haha. But well , this Blog isn’t about my time in Germany , but my time in Armenia so lets skip to that part!

So, my returning flight was at 9:30 on Friday the fifth and it went all well and I arrived at the Zvarnots International Armenian airport at around 4:30 local Armenian time again .

Funny story, while waiting to check in to the flight to Armenia I was walking down the line to line up myself and from a distance I say a Man very similar to Arthur, if you don’t know who he is, check him up in the lexicon, and it was a younger and not to meaty version of him and I just shrugged it off as like the usual Armenian guy. But later when I was in the line, a woman in front of me turned around and it turned out to be Ani, the receptionist and I found out that she and her mother went and visited relatives who live in Germany. The man who looks so similar to Arthur was his younger brother haha.

Anyways so we stood around for ages to get through immigration and security and so we are sitting around to wait for boarding to start. And I look up and I see, Holga, just walking around as he does, in his own special way haha. Turns out him, his wife and another higher manger where taking the plane back aswell! So that was a nice surprise haha. Anyways so, the flight went alright and well as I was walking out to the arrivals area of the airport I realised that if Ani and her MOm where coming back, that Arthur would probably be waiting to pick them up, and sure enough. He was haha. We had a really nice and surprised reunion which was ver sweet and in the end he even called me a cab which was very nice. So yeah, I arrived at the flat of the others at around 7 and went to sleep. 

The next few days where literally just sleeping, eating and watching Netflix or being on my phone haha. We where so lazy. the reason for me also not being able to adjust to the +3 hours and falling asleep usually at 3 am was because we didn’t go outside at all. Anyways but finally on the 8th of january i decided to go back to Chambarack nd lord was my backpack heavy.I swear it had never been as heavy as that before. But i managed to get to the bus and well, a few hours later I was back safe at emmas again where I was greeted by  Nare and Emmi. But for the rest of that day,I really just unpacked and settled  down in my room again.

So basically I just spend a week living myself into the town and into the school again. I did a Emil and the detectives lesson( which this week was very fun haha because of an interesting creative question I gave the group)  and another preparation lesson for the Goethe exams while planning out my Final plan for a normal week.  With that thought I also fulfilled a long-standing wish of mine to make a few posters which would like introduce me, show what I do,show updates and have a suggestions box. And that’s what I did. I had already set my mind to it in Yerevan because I had bought Yellow, red and green poster paper for the little Introduction poster of mine. It took a long while because of just smaller details and crafts which took up time but all in all im pretty satisfied, here is the finished product:

Also , it was a daily struggle for me to walk to school because the streets were completely frozen over and I was like taking small steps and shuffling not to slip and die because I have slipped a few times haha. But that was about it really. Todays Sunday which means that after I post this ill take it easy for my last day before i’ll do my best in the upcoming week!

Here are some pics of the frozen landscape and roads of Chambarack!:

 

Oh and here Martin.. here’s a pic I took o your bed so I would know  how to clean it up after I slept in it hehe …

Holiday Spirit

So, the next 3 weeks or so I would be in Chambarack, relaxing from all the drama, travelling and chaos.

I started by trying to make myself a routine again. I did my reading class every Thursday or Wednesday with the 5th or 6th Graders and regularly made the text we are and will be using. Then I also started having my “ Emil und die Detektive “ Class again, Thursdays I helped Emma with her classes , which are used to prepare children from the higher grades (7-9th) for language diplomas from the Goethe institute or the PASCH initiative and their exams. There were also a few more spontaneous happenings where I had to jump in for a sports teacher for example. It was horrible haha. I went with the children to the sports hall and since the teacher was gone, the ball room/ office was closed but that didn’t stop them! since they were younger children they managed to sneak through the bars of the door and kick the balls through before coming back through them haha. But that was a mistake, I didnt really have a lot of control of the class and so the balls where flying throw the hall. hitting children everywhere, I got two balls against my head too haha. I was pretty unresponsive there and just kinda was  throwing hoops calmly while there where kids crying haha  But yeah , no one was seriously injured luckily ;). Below is a picture of the culprits caught „karmin“ handed. Them little monkeys haha.

Then interestingly, remember the kids who always used to call me out for Football? Well it seems like that stopping really was caused by the change of seasons wince the moment it got a bit warmer and sunnier, they where back on the field again and I played with them on a few occasions. The field was really littered though. The winds had blown all the plastic and garbage from the mountains down. The grown was also very wet and almost mud like due to the molten snow and so my shoes usually looked liked this after a good half an hour of playing with them:

A lovely sight isn’t it?

Otherwise , the new season was really starting to show it self. The mountains in the distance where almost always covered in snow and it chambarack turned white aswell on more than a few occasions:

Towards the end of my stay there for this year, and with the ever closer creeping holiday season I prepared a small lesson for 4th to 5th graders where we would spend a lesson or two singing a German christmas song and craft and cut out snowflakes out of Paper. I got the snowflake idea from my childhood in school and thought that it was a very efficient and easy task for the children. The song we sung was “ Lass und Froh und Munter sein“ A pretty catchy and well-known german song. Here are some pictures from that little weeklong “ workshop“ with the different 4th and 5th graders:

Well so yeah, now im in Yerevan ( my plane is at 5.am ( in around 12 hours) typing up this last blog post finally haha, i wont have to worry about writing this for like almost another month xD. Today I basically just went shopping for presents ( spent 30 euros) and figuring out how I will manage to sneak like 4 extra kilo onto the plane because my allowance is only 6Kg. I’ve been having weird feeling in my lower abdomen but im sure that will pass in the next few days. I’m already doing everything i can to help my body.

So wrapping up, the last three weeks where more of a „calm down phase“ and it was just a chill and standard time here in Chambarack and Armenia.

So I wish you all a lovely holiday, christmas and a great start into 2019!

Have some christmas spirit through the christmas decorations from the school in Chambarack!

See you next year <3

Andrej