What have we learned about Armenia since moving to our permanent town, the place where we will live and serve in the Peace Corps for 2 years? Many with other Peace Corps assignments in the world jokingly say that Armenia is “posh core Peace Corps”. Having first been with Peace Corps Niger, deemed to be “hard core Peace Corps”, David and I initially agreed, however, even after only a few months in Armenia, we think “posh corps Peace Corps” is not an appropriate designation.
|House which owners have attempted to make livable; note electrical wire to house|
|Crumbling stairs leading from one street to another, left from |
damage of earthquake, 1988
|Example of many houses which are left standing but in need of major repairs|
|Sidewalk I use to walk to my school; very poor condition and unsafe|
|Beauty exists in our town with flowers flourishing everywhere.|
There is hope that other aspects of the town will bloom as well.
|New construction in the center of town offers hope for the future.|
|Young boys on the opening day of school in our town, September 1, 2011|
|The mountains are majestic, beautiful , and inspirational.|
They help to balance the negatives of Armenia's decline and a tragic history.