Archive for May, 2006

Taking a break…

May 16, 2006

This is the period that I like less of all. My quiz and examination session will begin from the next week and will last till the end of June. That means that day in day out I will be doing nothing but swotting up my spot questions hoping to get an excellent mark. Now we are having seminars on every subject and I have 2 quizzes and 6 exams. The only subject I’m awfully afraid is Stylistics, because till now I don’t have a fair understanding of what I’m going to answer. But I hope to find it out by that time 😉

I really don’t like this period. The sun is shining outdoors, a mild breeze is blowing pleasantly, it’s a wonderful weather and I’m sitting at home with books and copy-books in my hands damaging my eyesight. Just great! How can one enjoy it? But ultimately I’m not wasting my time on working out more productive ways of cheating. Unlike most of my coursemates I prefer studying to cheating. Though I must confess that the knowledge I obtain is sooner forgotten within a month – at least things such as the type of assimilation affecting the point of articulation and the active organ of speech, or 3 ranks of Otto Jasperson on principle of determination. I wonder, shall I need it some day?

Now I want to restrict myself from spending much time in front of my computer. That is why recently I haven’t posted frequently and I will not be posting anything in the nearest future, unless if it’s something very interesting or urgent. In July I’ll be free, I hope, and I intent presenting you more interesting posts on Armenian daily life and life around me.

For now, wish me good luck with my exams 😉 !!!
See you!!

More “ooofs” from exhausted Armenians – “UBORKA”

May 9, 2006

Do you have any understanding of what “Uborka” is in Armenia? To make everything clear firstly “Uborka” is a Russian word for Armenian “maqrutyun” which means “tidying up”. In Armenia no one says “maqrytyun”, furthermore, we add the Russian word “gheneralniy” thus having a wrong variant of “gheneralniy uborka”. This general tidying up usually occurs twice a year: before New Year and after winter. As far as we are in the middle of spring now this is the very period to start “uborka”.

Uborka usually lasts 2-3 days depending on how many women are involved in the work. This is not doing simple house chores or cleaning around. This is more serious occasion where every minute thing, which is usually ignored during everyday cleaning, is worth being paid attention to. Now Armenian housewives decide not to exhaust themselves that much and hire a made to help them. But even this trick doesn’t help them much.

Ask any Armenian housewife whether she has done her “uborka” and she is likely to say: “Oooof, don’t even remind me of it”. So, why is “uborka” such a nightmare for our women?

There are several points which are inseparable components of every uborka.   (more…)

113 people died… Play of Destiny?

May 3, 2006

It was a shock for
Armenia to learn the tragic news of Armenian passenger plane crushed off in Adler,
Sochi. It took life of 113 people, among them children. You can find the latest news on the accident here.

 An Armenian passenger plane crashed in stormy weather Wednesday off Russia's Black Sea coast while readying to land, killing all 113 people on board _ most of them Armenians.

The Airbus A-320, which belonged to the Armenian airline Armavia, disappeared from radar screens about four miles from shore and crashed after making a turn toward the Adler airport near the southern Russian city of

Officials said all 113 people aboard the plane, including six children, were killed. It was the worst air disaster in
's recent history.

Armenian airline officials said they believed the crash was due to the weather _ driving rain and low visibility. Investigators did not believe terrorism was a factor.

This caused a deep  panic among Armenians. Everyone rushed to find out whether there were relatives or friends among the passengers. The telephone in our house wasn’t hung up the whole day. Later we learnt that my doctor’s brother’s young son, 25 years, was in the plane.  

My deepest condolences to every family who has suffered this terrible tragedy. I’m a with you and really feel for this, I can’t stop thinking of it a single minute. 

Death always brings sorrow but this is the case when those people can’t even think that the other minute they will leave this world for ever. This is not fair. If we believe in destiny, how can destinies of so many people be connected with each other? I believe that each of them had its goals in life, some of them could be the only children of the family and their relatives might had pinned their hopes with them, yet…  Destiny played a cruel game with them. Who is to be blamed now? 

 Let their soul be in peace… May God speed you…