This is my last part of my trip to Armenia and I solely dedicate this post to my most memorable experience in this beautiful country – that is to eat, drink, and laugh like an Armenian. Truly, it was a cultural immersion I will never forget.
Before we headed to Noravank, we made a stop to the local farmer’s small winery and farm where Hayk, our tour guide, introduced us to Mr. Hayk (they have the same name), the local farmer. Mr. Hayk immediately greeted us with a very warm smile and directed us to his winery. Here, I drank like three glasses of wine and a glass of vodka not thinking that we will go to Noravank and will be back here to have our lunch. To make the story short, I was kinda drunk when we got to Noravank (lol)!
After we visited Noravank, we went back to Mr. Hayk’s farm and had a sumptuous lunch. He served us pork barbeque and chicken, salads, honey, loaves of bread, cheese, and wines – all the raw materials (except for the pork) of these foods are from his farm which only cost us 7,000 AMD or 15 USD good for 4 persons! What amazed me most is the fact that Mr. Hayk is 70 years old and he and his wife, Madame Luisa, have no helpers, yet they are still able to plant and manufacture their own products. Mr. Hayk is also a very funny man, he made some jokes and tell us stories about his life and although he is old, he still has some dreams in life. Truly, a very amazing person to emulate! After three hours of staying and talking with Mr. Hayk, I realized a lot of things like:
- Materials things do not bring real happiness. Choose to be happy regardless of whatever circumstances that you are in.
- Age is just a number and dreams are unlimited. Who says you are too old to dream?
- Eat healthy, eat vegetables 😛 (nuff said)!
- Smile and be kind.
- Love what you and do what you love.
Having been able to travel the world and know and talk to a person like Mr. Hayk is such a blessing and an honor. Armenia is more than its beautiful landscapes, delicious food, rich history, and interesting culture because its people are real treasures of this country. I can’t wait to be back!
P.S. If you want to read all my blog post about Armenia, click the following links below.
Also, if you are planning to go to Armenia but has no tour guide yet, you can contact Johann Hernandez and Hayk through the following contacts below. These guys are the best tour guides and I can guarantee you that you will have a great time with them.
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