Myasnikyan village school didn’t have a bathroom until almost a decade ago. To “use the bathroom”, children had to leave the building and walk towards a smallish shelter that was built on that purpose. The decaying building lacked electricity, running water, and heat.
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.
When driving to Hatsik village of the Armavir Province, you will meet a street sign saying Nairi. Don’t worry – you aren’t lost. It is the Hatsik you were looking for, the village known as Nairi during the Soviet era.
“We are used to hearing the sound of shelling,” calmly says the 17-year-old Laura Yesyan who lives in the borderline Aygehovit village of the Tavush region. Since the Nagorno-Karabakh War, people are used to living with the tension on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
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.
It’s 5 in the morning, and the sun is about to seize the smallish village of Lernagog in the smallest region of Armenia, the Armavir province, that mainly consists of agricultural lands.
In 2003, COAF Founder Garo Armen was driving in Karakert village of the Armavir Province without knowing that place would become his reason for starting COAF.
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.
From early spring to late fall every year, pairs of white storks descend onto Getashen and the nearby wetland-adjacent villages of the Armavir region.
There is a place in Armenia that won’t leave you indifferent, where you will listen to all the sounds of nature and won’t get enough of the views, fragrances, and feelings.
Lori region is the birthplace of many Armenian talents. Its 122 villages have different histories, myths, and characteristics labeled by themselves or their neighboring communities. Still, a few treasures are in common:
We are in one of the small and somewhat obscure villages hidden in the arms of the mountains of the Lori region. Welcome to Karinj, an Armenian village with a population of roughly 700 people.