May 2024


Email from a “professional” translating firm…

View from Yerevan

Over the weekend I received a request from a professional translation agency to use one of my photos out of my Flickr stream on their new website.

Unfortunately my initial thought was that the professional translating firm should work on improving their English before they work on their website. I wouldn’t […]


I suppose that most of you probably are not following the latest news from Armenia, but I have been.

After the recent election, which many claim to have been rigged, protests in the streets have turned violent—and when I saw a report that 8 people had died as a result, I was worried.

I am […]

Old School Zoo

My last afternoon in Armenia, I headed to the zoo with my host. It was a last minute choice, and something left out of the Lonely Planet guide—and what a shame.

The zoo is clearly old school—how I imagine an American zoo looked in the 1950s: too small cages, and plenty of opportunity for human-animal […]

Photo Friday: Busy

Busy making Armenia’s streets better.

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Photo Friday: Futuristic

More futuristic in appearance than in reality.

Photo Friday Entry (#48) | elmada.com Home

Shat lav!

I am back in Weimar.

My trip from Vanadzor, Armenia, to here was, thankfully uneventful. I splurged on my trip back, spending 14,000 dram instead of 5,000, just so that I could stop by the Museum of Armenian Letters. For most Armenians, this price differential is huge, but since I am rarely in Armenia, splurging […]

Photo Friday: Girl

Two girls proud to be Armenian in Yerevan on September 21, 2006.

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Independence Day!

Today is Independence Day in Armenia!

I’m going off to the parade, which is at 10 in Republic Square. It should be massive fun. After that I am not sure what my plans are, probably to visit museums in the city center.

Yesterday I mailed 30 postcards (9,000 dram) to points in Europe and North […]


Hi Everybody!

I’m alive and in Yerevan. I have a lot to say, but I am tired and I do not wish to spend too much time on the computer. In fact, the only thing I want to do on the computer is check my email, but I cannot since for some reason secured connections […]

Final Armenian Planning Update

So, I am leaving Weimar today, headed for Armenia and its beautiful scenery.

Naturally, I am packing—using a friend’s backpack since I’ve heard its not a wise idea to use a suitcase since the minibuses (aka minivans) that one takes from city to city does not have storage, so I might need to keep it […]