[FAR New York]: Welcome to FAR's Blog! standard

FAR is proud to launch its new shiny blog. Here you’ll find an inside  view of Armenia as well as extensive information about ongoing  projects. New articles and pictures will be posted every week. Please visit regularly to get first-hand information from our field officers and friends of FAR. We are very happy to have you on board for this exciting new journey. FAR New York

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A Stimulating Trip standard

I was born in Armenia and immigrated to the United States when I was only twelve. At the time I decided to go back, I didn’t remember too much about my country. My first trip to Armenia was with  FAR Young Professionals (“FAR YP”) in 2005. Prior to that, I heard countless wonderful stories from numerous people regarding FAR YP trips to Armenia. Apprehensive, and unsure of what to expect, I decided to go. After finally arriving, albeit a long trip through Vienna, I was in awe for the next two weeks. Traveling with FAR YP, I visited every major part of Armenia, learning my history and culture. Every monument and every church had an astounding emotional affect on me. ...

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2007 FAR YP Trip: Reflections and HYElights. standard

On Board with Passport and Butterflies Twenty-six years. That’s how long it had been since my last and only visit to Armenia as a child. But that’s not to say the desire to do so wasn’t there. I had been on a mission to revisit our mayr hairenik (the mother fatherland) since my days as a teen, even setting up a temporary decorated donation can in my house back in 1991 that alerted every guest to “Help Send Natalie to Armenia!” Whether it was school, work, family or community responsibilities, there had always been – and seemed there would always be – a reason holding me back from fulfilling my promise. Year after year I had heard so many rave ...

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Why did I decide to go to Armenia this year? standard

My Armenian grandfather, Aram, immigrated to the United States in the early 1920’s. He eventually settled in Minnesota and he and I were very close. However, he did not share his Armenian heritage with his family, but was very supportive of local and Armenian causes. Since I did not understand my own Armenian background, I was very curious about it, especially in my late twenties. Since then I have discovered and fallen in love with the Armenian church, its people, and its culture. I am on the Parish Council of the only Armenian Apostolic church in Minnesota, and I am active in the Women’s Guild. I have delved into Genocide readings and lectures, researched Armenia online and through publications, and ...

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Sweet Memories standard

Traveling to Armenia on a trip organized by Arto is really amazing. I had the chance a couple years back to go on a Diocesan pilgrimage he led — he is apparently one of the most loved and most connected people in Armenia. He knew everyone, everyone knew him, and his knowledge really made our trip uniquely memorable, even for an odar like me! Arto made the YP sound like so much fun. Not only do the YPs get to see all the sites (and somehow Arto packs them all in), but they really get to experience the culture and people of Armenia. I hope one day soon (before I loose the Y in YP) to join one of those ...

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My First Post standard

Hi Everybody. I am Arto, working with the Fund for Armenian Relief here in New York. I had the pleasure to lead young and enthusiastic people on our yearly trips to Armenia since 1995 and am very excited to get our first blog ever going. So many stories to tell, so many photos to share. And now we are going to do exactly that, on this blog and our upcoming Facebook page. Moreover, I will, from time to time, update you and all interested in our upcoming trip in June 2009. Stay tuned, share, ask questions, and be part of the journey (re)discovering Armenia. Yours, Arto PS: If you were one of the previous participants of our trips from 1995 ...

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Armenian Impressions standard

There is nothing like arriving at Yerevan’s airport for the first time. There is anxiety, suspense, and Armenian being spoken around you. It’s strange and wonderful at the same time. Here we were returning to a home that we never knew! For years I watched friends visit Armenia. They returned home a bit transformed/moved by the experiences. At first I was afraid and nervous to be honest. Armenia was apart of the Soviet Union and perhaps too much Regan propaganda hit to my core. When I made the decision, I recruited my friend Keri for the journey. We arrived after many hours of flying in Yerevan very late and wanted to go out. Arto took us to Republic Square for ...

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