Saturday, June 10, 2006

Armenian Legends

I've been moved from my previous training barracks to a host family in an outlying village.
Prior to my arrival in Armenia I had heard tales of the legendary kindness and excessive hosting of Armenians. All true. My host mother wears glasses, and I truly believe that they must have some special tint on their lenses that makes all 26 year old american men look emaciated and in need of 13 meals a day. I do not use the term "meals" loosely. I'm talking full on feasts. Within 4 minutes of arrival in my village I had a bowl of bread, cherries, apricots, cucumber, tomatoes, Lavash, 3 types of cheese, some sausage wrapped in cabbage, a big bowl of soup and the enormous shank of some unidentified animal thrust in front of me. Just coming off 5 days of training on how to adapt to a new culture I partook in all that was offered. I have not stopped partaking. Nor has my host mother stopped offering.
The village I live in is small and everyone is very close to one another. Last night my host father, brother and I visited various neighbors and friends. At every single home I am treated as the guest of honor. With this catagorization comes certain responsiblities, namely the consumption of all food offered. This food has thus far included A bowl of bread, cherries, apric...... (see above)...and I forgot to mention ice cream.
For a community that has so little, to offer me so much is very touching, and it speaks to the kindness and hosting prowess of her people.


Nate said...

Well spoken Domino. We'll look forward to a fleshier version of you upon your return.

How do you say "antacid" in Eastern Armenian?

Kelly Sagara said...

So your saying you're going to plump up a bit!! Hmmm.... Well, I am just glad they are taking care of you :)

sillybummers said...

that sounds good dom... you're still missing out on the new sandwich menu line-up at Bel-Air, but it still sounds good. I've tried half of their new sando's so far. i don't know how to log in but you know who this is...