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Welcome to Armenia

It’s Christmas Eve in Armenia, but I’m not really feeling the holiday spirit. For one thing, all the fanfare of New Year’s Eve (especially here where Dec. 25th is not celebrated) has died down, the alcohol’s effect has worn off, and we’re confronted with the reality of having spent half of this month’s pay cheque on holiday preparations and coming to terms with how we’re going to make the other half last for the remaining 25 days of this month. For another thing, I just read my friend Artur Papyan’s latest blog post. He paints a bleak picture of the year to come (which also reminded me of Yerevan Press Club President Boris Navasardian’s similarly depressing outlook on the state of Armenian media, censorship and a return to a disempowering Soviet past, but that’s a different story). But, Artur jan, please don’t feel bad because the good thing about reading your post was that it gave me the impetus I needed to write this blog post, which I’ve been meaning to write for the past few days.


It’s not the first time that I’ve brought my bike to Armenia, but somehow this time was much more difficult and really jolted me to the reality of interactions and negotiations in Armenia — or rather reminded me of them because, apparently, after a year’s absence, I had forgotten that the simplest transaction can be so difficult and energy draining.


First of all, my bicycle didn’t arrive with the rest of my luggage. After being told to keep waiting, even though there were only 2 other people left waiting for their luggage (and everyone had already left), I was finally advised to report my “loss” to the Lost and Found desk. More waiting in line. All in all, I spent nearly as much time at the airport (first going through customs, then waiting for the luggage, then waiting to report my missing baggage) as the duration of the flight. All this in the middle of the night and with my gf waiting for hours on the other side. You’d think airport staff would realize all this and have a heart. But no. On the contrary, they yell at you for being impatient and cranky, and you feel like you should be the one apologizing.


The good news is that I finally got my bike. The bad news is it took a lot more time and effort to get it. I was given several numbers to call (the airline), which I did the next day and the day after, but of course there was no answer. So I left messages. Monday morning, we’re awoken by the phone ringing: it’s some guy named Tigran who says my bike has arrived but I have to go to the airport myself to retrieve it: something about it being held at customs because it’s an expensive/valuable item and there’s an assumption that I may have to pay customs duties on it. I emphasize that it’s not an expensive item (in fact, I bought it used from a friend for only 45) and it’s MY bicycle; that is, it’s not brand new and it’s not a gift so I shouldn’t have to pay any duties. Regardless, my gf and I get dressed and out the door like there’s no tomorrow and hail a taxi to the airport to settle this. (All this was bad enough but the taxi driver wanted to charge us 5,000 AMD for the one-way trip! We negotiated the price down to 2,500 AMD, which is normal for a cab ride from the city center to the airport. But really, we didn’t need the extra headache.)


At the airport, I approach a man about having an item in customs for which I might have to pay duties. He says there’s no such thing. I am free to pick up my item from the special section (Tigran lied!). He directs me and my gf to a special area behind the airport, where two women behind the desk ask me for my passport (funny, no one told me I had to bring ID, but of course I brought it with me along with my plane ticket and the lost and found form I filled out). During this time, my gf and I are taking turns talking to Tigran. He has left; he is no longer at the airport. We tell him he has to come back. The airline lost my luggage and I was promised that staff would bring it to me, at my door, and here I am at the airport having to retrieve it myself. It’s the airlines’ fault and yet, I have to hire a large vehicle to bring the bike home? No way. We convince Tigran to return, but not before finding out the real reason he said we have to come to the airport: he simply didn’t have a car large enough to pick up the bike…!



My bicycle before its journey to Armenia
Back to the two ladies behind the desk. Besides the passport, it’s a good thing I had another form of ID with me, which I leave with the women in exchange for a “visitor” badge that I have to wear to enter the airport in the back. I have to go through security — it’s just like airport security everywhere. I even take off my belt and anything else I have on me that might set off the alarm as I walk through the metal detector. I go back to the same Lost and Found desk where I filed for the lost luggage. It’s the same woman and thankfully she recognizes me. But getting the bike is more difficult than it seems. She (and her male colleagues) are not comfortable having me sign out the bike — they need to give it to Tigran, who, by the way, I’m not sure works for the airport or the airline (I’m told the airline company though they keep referring to Tigran as their worker. It’s all very confusing). Finally, they call Tigran and get confirmation that he’s coming back to the airport for me and my bike and that I can sign out my bike. The box my bike is in has been opened (meanwhile, the woman at the Lost and Found desk said they can’t open the box without my presence — more lies) and huge sections of the cardboard have been torn from the side (where there were holes for handles, those holes were made much larger due either to poor handling or to intent to peek inside the box). I tell the Lost and Found employees that I bought this bike used for 45 euros, to once again confirm it’s not expensive. One employee is surprised and asks me jokingly if I can get a bike for him. Another suggests I take the bike out of the box and ride it out of the airport (ha ha). I am not appreciating any of this.

Then I ask for a cart because obviously no one is going to help me get this long (though not heavy) box out of the baggage area to the visitor waiting area in the arrivals hall where my gf is waiting (she wasn’t allowed to come with me to the back). One employee, Zhirayr, tells me the cart service is a different company (“we have nothing to do with them”) and anyway, they’re closed now… ?!?! I really have no patience. I insist. First, he tells me in case anyone asks (who’s going to ask?! There is no one in the airport at this time in the morning/early afternoon apart from airport employees), he says if anyone asks just say you’re a friend of Zhirayr’s. And then he proceeds to call someone (ostensibly someone responsible for the cart service) and says, there’s this girl, she’s a relative, she’s just taking a cart. I mean, really! Does nothing happen in this country without you having to be someone’s close friend or relative? It was truly the icing on the cake.


I get a cart, put the box on it, and with great difficulty roll it outside (but not before yet another airport staffer asks me what it is — to which I reply gruffly that it’s MY bike, and he understands well enough to leave me alone and wishes me well). The whole thing is very déjà-vu because you go out the same way as the first time, where family and friends wait impatiently to greet arriving visitors. My gf is there and at least this time she wasn’t waiting for 3 hours in the middle of the night. We wait till Tigran shows up with empty excuses and a second car that has a rack on top, to which the guy from whom the car was rented attaches the bike. And off we go: me and my gf with Tigran in his car, and the guy with my bike on top of his car following behind. We make it home safe and sound: me, my gf, and the bicycle that cost 50€ to ship but ended up causing more headaches than it was worth.



Welcome to Armenia.

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My Wishes for 2014

Another year has passed like a fleeting moment in time. The older I get the quicker the years seem to fly by. Apparently I’m not alone, friends have complained the same to me.

Last year was laden with the typical highs and lows that life offers us. I am thankful for the birth of my healthy, rotund as a compact, naked turkey ready for the oven second son Shant, who is another sweet joy in my life. Back in September I was honored to give a TED talk in Yerevan, one of the most monumental endeavors of my life, third to being a father and actually recovering from the sickness I discussed during the talk, which incidentally was warmly received much to my delighted surprise.

I have many wishes for the new year, not only for myself but everyone around me, for the entire world.

1. Live a healthy and happy life. This sounds like a cliché. Who doesn’t want to be content and well? It’s something we take for granted, though. Those of us who are less fortunate may have difficulty raising their heads above the water, while others are too caught up in the frantic pace of their daily lives that they forget to appreciate what they have. No matter where someone is in his existence, wish them peace, and in turn be happy that you did. We as human beings need to feel empathy towards one another in order to grow and survive.

2. Stop taking things personally. Earlier this year I read a book by Don Miguel Ángel Ruiz called The Four Agreements, perhaps it can be labeled with a “self help” title but actually it is written in a way to simply make you realize things you do every day without fathoming how damaging they are when they constrain you from achieving. Ruiz encourages readers to prevent letting others get to them, no matter what they say or do. When you convince yourself that it’s not worth taking seriously, or to empathize and try to imagine what the person you are in contact with might be going through deep down, you conserve energy for what you need to accomplish. You cease being offended and ignore impulses that you have been slighted in some way. You walk away, dissolving the conflict in your mind and pushing away the negative thoughts that may have germinated in the conflict waiting to happen. This method is extremely challenging; deflecting bullshit demands patience and practice.

3. Taking the previous step further, stay away from energy sapping people or situations. It’s best to avoid contact with others that you feel have been tapping into your valuable emotional resources. Sometimes it’s really hard trying to come to understandings with those who are close to you, whether they are dear friends, family members or co-workers. But if the possibility exists short of separating from your spouse, give the relationship a time-out.

4. Get out of situations where you are unhappy. I know from personal experience that it is pointless to stay in a place or a relationship where you are miserable. Follow happiness, even if it means taking a huge risk or a significant pay cut. It’s not worth your nerves or your sanity to remain disappointed or unchallenged.

5. Do your best. This might seem like another standard cliché, but it will always hold true. Designate something in the day for which you’ll do your best to achieve -- I usually choose being a good father. You don’t have to do or be your best in everything obviously, it’s impossible. So long as you give it your all for something that’s important to you on a daily basis, whether it’s a specific work-related task or more personal in nature, that’s more than enough.

6. Give yourself a break. No matter how relaxed and ecstatic you want to be in your life, something discouraging or unnerving might come your way and set you back. I’ve had to deal with some rather surprising and frustrating episodes during the last two months, and I felt myself slipping away from my sustained level of contentment. But I always caught up again. If you focus and never stop loving life you will always reach happiness.

This list will get longer as the year progresses, and it should. To dwell in happiness you need to continuously identify what will sustain it and the steps that must be taken when you lose your footing. That’s what makes life so wonderful.

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