Hi everybody! I’ve spent and excellent week since my sister, who permanently lives in Germany came to visit us. So I want to share some ideas that we came up with, when we were discussing Armenians and what is it like to be Armenian. We asked ourselves, what makes us Armenian? Really, we seem so much different than other people in the world, or at least we think so. What makes us different? There are certain things that are typically Armenian. So, me and my sister tried to point out three main characters, without which you can’t be Armenian. For the first point we both came up with the same idea
Armenians try to find Armenians everywhere. For example when they finish watching some movie, in the end they try to find Armenians in the full cast and crew. Only Armenians can sit and watch the whole cast and try to find some specific Armenian names, or surnames. That’s not a joke. Many Armenians, if not most of them do this. It gives them an extraordinary sense of pride. Other very funny, but common “Armenian search tool” is nose 🙂 Yes, if someone is hook nosed, he is “suspected” of being Armenian, or at least having some Armenian roots.
Second comes hospitality. It doesn’t matter where are you from, when have you entered their house, in what conditions do they live. Armenians are very hospitable anywhere and anytime. And the most important part of their hospitality is regale. Even if you’re not hungry, even if you hurry up you must sit at the table and taste whatever you’re served, otherwise you might be offending the host. And no matter how much you eat, you’ll be constantly reminded to help yourself.
Third thing is one of the prior parts of Armenian character. It is conservativeness. Armenians are very traditional and conservative. Throughout their history Armenians have spread all around the globe and there is no country that there are no Armenians. There are almost 11 million Armenians in the world, but only 3 million live in their motherland, others are spread around the world. And even in these conditions, being away from homeland and living for decades abroad, Armenians still live with their own lifestyle, as they would have lived in Armenia. They try to bring their children up specifically among Armenian community. They may normally hang out with others, but they mostly marry only Armenians.
So dear reader these are the main characteristic points for Armenians. Check out if you’re true Armenian, or maybe you have big chance to become one 😀
Freedom! What is freedom for people? Many people have differnet opinions about it. One thinks it’s a financial freedom, the others thinks it’s making free decisions, next one thinks it’s living alone, etc. Yes! All these are freedoms. I also didn’t have a clear idea of freedom, but recently I’ve found out for myself. But before explaining my point of view, let me write about a man who is well known in whole Yerevan.
He is not a superstar, not a political figure, doesn’t work on TV, neither is celebrity, nor rich! As he calls himself, he is a free person. His name is Levon Abgaryan. He is a man who puts on his skates, turns on his earphones high on his music player and starts to skate all over the city. Yes! He doesn’t pay attention to anything, or anybody. He doesn’t care about the traffic, he doesn’t care what people think of him, or that people may think he’s nuts. Some people really think so, because he skates in the traffic so freely and is not scared at all. I myself have seen him a lot and every time I was like “ohhh my God, this car is gonna hit him”, “His gonna fall” “What is he doing? He’s nuts!”. But surprisingly and fortunately he’s alive and HAPPY! These are his words! He is a happy person.
Months ago nobody had an idea who he is, how does he live, what kind of job does he have, but as the interest to him around the whole population grew, some producers decided to shoot a video of him. This was the one and only time he spoke and told about himself. It turned out that he lives alone, doesn’t work at all and lives WITHOUT MONEY! This is what he told. He claims that he is a free spirit, he is free of this regime, his soul doesn’t know borders, he flies wherever his heart tell him to, he doesn’t need anything more to be happy, just freedom. And what is the most surprising, is that it turned out, that Levon has been living and working abroad, for a very long time and was a pretty wealthy person, but he left everything he had, money, power, luxury life and came to his hometown to live absolutely free of everything.
After his story, I think I’ve understood what is real freedom and independence. Yes, I think many people wouldn’t want that, but that’s because freedom is only for those who can handle it. Living independent, on your own and do not care about stereotypes, being able to refuse money and luxury and material comfort is for a brave and strong people. I’m personally not sure, could I live like that, but in one thing I’m pretty sure, I really do admire him. So here is a video, where Levon tells about his life, his values and his dreams and his freedom!
Armenian “Titanic” survivor Neshan Krekorian (seated left) with his wife, Persape (seated right), daughter Angie (center), son George (left), and daughter Alice (right). We all know the tragic sinking story of the Titanic. This tragedy touched all sorts of people from different backgrounds. One of such passengers was an Armenian refugee by the name of Neshan Krekorian. Below is a touching story from Radio Free Europe giving us a glance into this man’s extraordinary life. From The Turks To The ‘Titanic:’ One Armenian’s Fateful Escape By Daisy Sindelar April 13, 2012 Neshan Krekorian was barely in his twenties when his father urged him to emigrate from western Armenia and start a new life far away across the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of Armenians were doing the same, in a bid to escape rising violence and persecution at the hands of Ottoman-era Turks. So Krekorian fled, making his way across Europe and purchasing a third-class ticket for what would prove a fateful ocean journey. “His father told him to leave the country and seek a new life in Canada and hopefully bring his brothers over,” says Krekorian’s grandson, Van Solomonian. “He had two younger brothers who stayed behind. My grandfather gathered four other compatriots from Turkish Armenia in the area that he lived in, which was Keghi. And they got to France in Cherbourg, and by pure fate got on the ‘Titanic.’” Krekorian was one of over 700 third-class passengers on board the maiden voyage of the celebrated ocean liner. Immigrants from across the British Isles, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East paid the equivalent of $1,000 for a steerage-class ticket entitling them to modest sleeping quarters and meals in the third-class dining hall for the duration of what was meant to be a week-long voyage.