Ask Zardanashen village kids of Artsakh where they are from, and they’ll unanimously reply with a delightful smile on their face -“We’re from the prettiest village in the world!”
“Are there people who still bake bread in the tonir?”
“There are but very few. Let’s walk a bit. As soon as we smell a scent of freshly baked lavash, we will go towards it.”
Paints, brushes, parts of toy cars, engines, ping pong balls, ice-cream sticks, various chargers, and other weird and incredible items lay on Ashot Harutyunyan’s work desk.
On top of one of the mountains of the Lori region, stands a village called Mets (means big) – Mets Ayrum. During the 1980-90s, it became the new home for newcomers from Gandzak, Baku, Getashen, Kushch, Shahumyan, Erkej, Zhurnabad, and other habitats.
-Have you seen the Grand Canyon?
-Get in the car, you are going to see it, – says Suren, the Agritech program Instructor at the COAF SMART Center.
If you’re surrounded by mountains, the spring water is fresh and cool, there are cabbage, carrot, and potato fields all over the area, it means you’re in Sarnaghbyur village of the Shirak region.
He skillfully cuts the salad vegetables and puts them aside, then goes on to make zucchini cutlets. The roasted cauliflower has long been ready.
The first month of the summer brought the state of emergency to the village, shortly after here appeared the first case of coronavirus. The mask became as important in Aygehovit as in other hot areas of the pandemic.
Vahrad Melikjanyan, 26, an artist from the city of Vanadzor, seems to be a character from his own paintings and robot sculptures.
According to the “40 lies” of grandpa Valod describing the villages of the Lori region (this is how the people of Karinj named them), Karinj villagers eat honey a lot. Grandpa Valod is no longer alive, but his “40 lies” have widely spread across Lori.
Botaas (boot), Gizmon, Rayno, Serik (greyish), Reejeek (redhead), Zerteek (trinket)- these are a few names of COAF SMART Drawing Instructor Taron Marukyan’s cats. He has nine of them, and none of their names is chosen by chance.
He is obsessed with dancing but is always in search of new adventures from studying Turkish to the theater. Meet Varazdat Harutyunayan, 14, a “veteran” of the COAF SMART Center from the village of Dzoragyugh in the Lori province.