A little swim in the little sunshine Armenia has left
8 November 2010
[you have to go to original in the link in order to enlarge those photos and take a very big bite...and see few more pictures taken by Alyssa..."see the beauty that words cannot describe!"] Hurry up time is running fast! here is the link:
[Bravo Alyssa, sell those pictures of yours to The National Geographic Magazine]
Yeghegnadzor (a mouthful right?) is the large town that is closest to Malishka. It is a pretty awesome town because unlike Spitak it has cafés and restaurants, which gives you some where to go when you just want to get out of the house. This was also super important because Chad does not have his gas burner in Malishka yet, which meant every night dinner was salami and levash and cheese, which doesn't sound so bad, but try eating that for three days straight when you're sick, it's a whole different story!
So we ate lunch at a pretty cool outdoor café near the University. The place was dead. There was only one other table having drinks. But that did not stop our waitress from being super horrible! I don't know why but service in Armenian is notably awful! We sat down and fifteen minutes later someone came to take our drink order. Then 10 minutes later she came back to get our food order but we didn't have our drinks yet. We wait and wait and wait. After 20 more minutes of waiting two of us get our food, but we still do not have drinks! It was horrible! The waiter didn't even try to apologize, that is just the way it is here. You just cannot sit down to eat in Armenia if you are busy and only have a small amount of time.
[if you tell them to hurry up, you get faster service, or else the normal pace is slow in Armenia, they are used to it]
After our lunch we decided to go for a hike down to the river. The hike was about 45 minutes long, and worth every minute of it! As I have said before, Fall in Armenia is spectacular. I cannot get over how beautiful it is!!! Ash and I sat on the rocks near the river talking as the boys attempted to go for a swim. Immediately Scott came right out of the water, it was far too cold, but Chad was stubborn and/or crazy and actually went for a swim!!! I can't tell you how nice it was to have the sun on my face and a little bit of warm weather.
These are the pictures from that day, they are so beautiful! There is more to tell about my visit but for now I just want you to see the beauty that words cannot describe!