2nd Place Winner and RPCV Honors- James Daly Highlights Hospitality in Armenia


Bari Galust. (Armenian: Welcome) Welcome to Armenia I have been here for three years. Each time I return, I am greeted by friends who are overjoyed to share their culture and friendship. Recently we visited Zvartnots temple, built in the 7th century. It was constructed to celebrate the adoption of Christianity as a state religion in 301. We also visited Etchmiadzin, the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It was the first cathedral built in ancient Armenia and is considered the oldest cathedral in the world. I love Armenia and its people. They are known for their kindness and hospitality. I like to visit the local markets. The vendors are happy to share samples of their dried fruit, homemade wine, and paper-thin lavash bread. The spices are a favorite of mine because of the intense colors and strong aromas. The ancient Armenians even had a god named Vanadoor, the god of hospitality. They love to share their culture and hospitality over food. Along with my Armenian friends, I have enjoyed traditional dishes such as putuk, a lamb dish, tava kyufta, lavash pancakes, tolma in vine leaves, and my favorite, paklava. Our waiter made Vana khash at our table. It originated in the ancient city of Van, in the shadow of Mount Ararat. We also had a traditional dish named harissa. Despite the cold winter temperatures, the locals are warm-hearted. When one endures a hardship, they say, “tsavet tanem.” It translates to “I will take your pain upon myself.” I hope you enjoyed your video visit to Armenia. Perhaps one day you will have the opportunity to enjoy their friendliness and hospitality. The Armenians will steal your heart as they have done to me. They will leave you with lifelong memories of their kindness and love. Shnorhakalutyun (Armenian: Thank you). Thank You.

10 thoughts on “2nd Place Winner and RPCV Honors- James Daly Highlights Hospitality in Armenia

  1. Thank you for this video!! It came at the perfect time-I just finished making kabobs and rice pilaf for a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer potluck in Anchorage Alaska. So many sweet memories.

  2. Congratulations Mr. Jim, great work …and thank you very much.It's so inspirational for all Armenians :))
    We all miss you

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