I just wanted to say hello... although I've been on this site for a few months now! I just found this part in the forums...
I'm a 23 year old gal from Montreal, Canada. To be honest, although I've been a lot of places, they haven't stretched out much further than North America, with the exception of London, England. Europe will happen though! I have seen almost all of the Eastern seaboard of the USA, and even headed out west to Los Angeles (California) and Las Vegas (Nevada). I've also been around Eastern Canada, from various parts in Quebec and Ontario, all the way to the shores of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
I've always been obssessed with travelling places, despite my lack of continent displacement. I've got plenty of countries I want to see and they will not go forgotten. I plan on seeing most places that others have seen like Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal (european backpacking), as well as Eastern Europe. South America beckons, as does Africa (where my family is originally from). Armenia is a must-see as I am Armenian and have never been to my ancestral land. I can go on for a while, but suffice it to say I have many trips planned in my future. Hopefully, I will get to see all I want and more!
Hey and welcome.
Just wondering if there is deja-vu going on here - there's another Tamar of Armenian descent who has yet to make it there and wants to on here as well. Think she's in Oz though.
Happy travelling !
I actually think Tamar is a very common Armenian name. I know a few, in fact, one of my closest friends is a Tamar and Armenian.
Haha Katie! (We know each other )
Yes gelli, I actually saw that one night while in the forums page. I was scrolling down to the Central America section when I saw "Last Post by tamar", and did a double take thinking, I haven't posted anything of late... I got in touch with her though! It's always cool to meet someone who has your name and is of your descent.. no matter how many tamars I know in Montreal .
Yes, it does seem to be a farily common name and i've come across a few before as well.
Curiosly though, i don't recall ever meeting or even heraing of anybody of that name on any occassion that i've actually been in Armenia....
You've been to Armenia?!?!? WOW! I haven't even been! Please tell me what you thought of the country, I would LOVE to know!
On the name front, the lack of my name in Armenia would probably best be explained by the way of language differences. There are two types of Armenian that are spoken: Eastern and Western. I wouldn't call them dialects simply because one does not derive from the other. Those in Armenia speak the Eastern while most Armenians that are scattered in the rest of the world speak Western. Thus Tamar is more popular among the Western Armenian speakers. I've heard the Eastern Armenian speakers are fond of Biblical and Shakespearean names. I've actually met a Hamlet that is Armenian! Interesting!
Sorry, been off awandering/working and not on line for a few weeks so just catching up now. Yes, i've been to Armenia 3 times, although only for 3 or 4 days each and only ever really passing through.
I'd love to go back properly and spend a couple of weeks/longer just wandering around. I really kind of like it, but i'm not sure i could really tell you why. This will come out wrong, but as a westerner, it's the sort of place which you should honestly really think (and i know other people that have though exactly this) "what the hell am i doing here. Get me out!". But i love it. I find it (and most of the other Eastern ex Soviet states) completely absorbing and totally fascinating.
It's still struggling with assorted semi strife/war, large chunks of the architecture come from the "soviet school of advanced experimental concrete", chunks of the countryside could probably double as lunar landscape, the people stare at you (as obviously foreign) and although are normally friendly are also either very suspicious of you or falling over themselves to be your friend and invite you to their homes (especially outside Yerevan). Or both. In the sticks it's impressively corrupt in everyday chores, whilst in Yerevan it's a more or less safe, standard soviet style city for normal life, the corruption is just higher up and out of normal life.
And et if i was offered, say, a years work there tomorrow, i'd be on the next bus East (assorted required visa's notwithstanding).
Btw, I also know of a Hamlet (apparently named after the cigars his father sold on the black market, instead of the shakespeare character) and know a few Armenians who's names range from Sarkis and Armen to Eric and Michael, all of which are apparently normal names...
Those names do occur quite frequently in Armenian communities worldwide!
I wasn't too surprised by your impression of the people (the paranoid ones and the overly inviting ones), as it seems to be the general consensus among people that have visited Armenia. But what I do find really cool is that, being a westerner, you are interested in going back! It's definitely not easy to see a country that is still picking up the pieces from hard times... actually I believe they are still in hard times right now. I guess it takes a real traveller to want to go and experience places like that! I personally can't wait!