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[Celine’s Dispatches: FAR’s Intern in Armenia]: First Day, First Impressions

June 11, 2009

I never thought of myself as an Armenian until I visited Armenia for the first time last year.  In fact, I didn’t know much about Armenian culture, despite the fact that I was raised in an Armenian district in Marseilles, France.

This year, walking out of the Zvarnots airport brought a big smile to my face: I felt like I was back home.

Before beginning my internship for FAR in the Yerevan office, I will have the opportunity to take part in FAR’s Young Professionals Trip.  Traveling with six other diasporans, I have visited today FAR’s office, Garni and Geghard.

I have to admit that I do not speak Armenian.  However, this didn’t prevent me from engaging conversation with local Armenians who are so warm and welcoming.  Language barriers will not prevent them from speaking to you !

For the first time, I was told that I looked Armenian. To be more accurate, I may not look Armenian but I was told that my eyes do.  I have the feeling that I have just begun to discover the myriad of facets that build my Armenian identity …

To be continued …

– Celine

Temple in Garni

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Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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