FLASHBACK Dance tour armenia – may 2007

Remembering the May 2007dance tour in Armenia

Of all the tours I have organized so far, this was the longest one. A group of 42 people from six different countries joined this 14-day tour.

Because of the length of our stay, I was able to include two excursions that covered longer distances.

The popular two-day tour to the north, which includes the scenic Haghartsin Monastery, an overnight stay at Sewan Lake, and the Alpine landscape of this northern region, was repeated.

However, this time we were also able to cover a larger part of Armenia. We visited the south east, with its rugged mountains, and stayed two nights in Sisian.


 

Mount Ararat
Mount Ararat

Haghartsin monastery
Haghartsin monastery

Near Sisian we visited the mystifying stones of Karahountj, universally assumed to be an early observatory, which made a big impression. The site is beautiful and ancient, well worth the visit. A tour by minibus revealed the more deserted parts of Armenia, where road conditions are worse and where we passed remote villages and deep gorges on our way to Tatev Monastery.

Liudvig Poghosian was new on the teaching staff this year. He presented traditional dances accompanied by three musicians. His lively and genuine personality added an extra dimension to his teaching. Pajlak Sarkisian was no newcomer; he has already taught us many beautiful dances and again showed what an excellent pedagogue and professional teacher he is. The mix of their repertoire was well received by all participants.
We will surely see Liudvig and Pajlak back on future tours!

Liudvig teaching
Liudvig teaching

 

Paylak gives instruction
Paylak gives instruction

Feed-back of participants

Lieve Tineke,

Nogmaals heel veel dank voor al je goede ‘moederkloek’ zorgen voor ons en voor de geweldige organisatie van deze prachtige reis. Ik heb er heel erg van genoten. Het was een voorrecht om met jou door Armenië te trekken en om kennis te kunnen maken met het land, de mensen, de cultuur en om samen te dansen.

Veel liefs van Betty Vos (Nederland)

Celeste keeps on dancing in Yegheknadzor
Celeste keeps on dancing in Yegheknadzor

dance party in Yegheknadzor
Dance party in Yegheknadzor

Dir und Satik möchte ich meinen Dank aussprechen für die eindrucksvollen Erlebnisse in diesem Armenien mit den vielen Widersprüchen. Auch wenn ich nicht mehr am Tanzen teilgenommen habe (es war als Anfänger zu schwierig und zu heiß ich wollte auch Niemandem auf die Füße treten) waren die 14 Tage voll gepackt mit Eindrücken und, ideal für mich, zwischendurch Pause und dann wieder Fahrt aus der Stadt.

Die mystischen Klöster Edchmiazin, die Landschaft im Kaukasus, die bewegende Geschichte und natürlich die freundlichen gesunden Menschen, Ihr habt es ganz abwechslungsreich organisiert, was ja sicher nicht so einfach war.

Ich weiß nicht, was Ihr besser machen könntet.

Es war das erste Mal, dass ich in einer Gruppe organisiert Ferien machte, kam auch mit einer gewissen Skepsis, aber bald fühlte ich mich wohl in der Gruppe.

Nach Hause habe ich vor Allem genommen: Uns geht es gut! Und es ist nicht selbstverständlich.

Und ich habe ein fast vergessenes Land mit vielen kulturellen Schätzen kennengelernt, mal mit weniger touristischer Infrastruktur hat auch sehr gut getan.

Dir und Satik möchte ich noch einmal ganz herzlich danken für Eure engagierte warme Betreuung.

Irene Kunz (Schweiz)

Edsmiadzin cathedral
Edsmiadzin cathedral
  welcoming us at Yegheknadzor
Welcoming us at Yegheknadzor

Die Reise war sehr schön für mich und Vieles klingt noch nach, danke!

Jörg Breuniger (Deutschland)

gathering in front of the hotel
Gathering in front of the hotel

 

group picture with musicians and teachers (front center)
Group picture with musicians and teachers (front center)

My trip to Armenia means so much to me. It was a joy and a privilege. I shall return!

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and inspiration.

With very best wishes, Elaine (United Kingdom) .

"Wishing tree" near Geghard monastery
"Wishing tree" near Geghard monastery

  Aghtamar peninsula
Aghtamar peninsula

Ik heb het erg naar mijn zin gehad op de reis. Wat een enorme klus is dat geweest voor Satik en jou om alles te regelen en blijven controleren of alles volgens afspraak ging. Ik kijk terug op een reis naar een prachtig land met een vriendelijke, gastvrije bevolking die zo spontaan reageerden als wij gingen dansen.

Carla Belmer (Nederland).

An occasional raindrop did not spoil our BBQ
An occasional raindrop did not spoil our BBQ
  BBQ Armenian style
BBQ Armenian style

Dear Tineke,

One of your ‘sheep’, Claudia, will say: thank you for all that we have seen and done in Armenia! It was a very interesting time, I was really tired after the travel and my head was overfull with a lot of very good memories.

Naira said so nice: "I hope, Armenia will have a little place in your heart"

Yes, it will!

I appreciate that you have organized two dance teachers - it was wonderful to learn the different dances with this two different teachers! Slowly I start to teach the one or the other dance with my group - looking forward to teach also the difficult ones.

Claudia Gschwind (Schweiz)

the abundance of wild flowers in springtime
Abundancy of wild flowers in springtime
landscape view
Landscape view

BBQ
BBQ

Karahountj observatory
Karahountj observatory
  Karahountj (Armenia's Stonehenge) from a new perspective
Karahountj (Armenia's Stonehenge) from a new perspective
painting for sale on the Vernissage
Painting for sale on the Vernissage
  carpet sale at the Vernissage market
Carpet sale at the Vernissage market
lavash (bread) sold in the market
Lavash (bread) sold in the market
  lavash baking in Yegheknadzor
Lavash baking in Yegheknadzor
Visit to Sardarapad ethnographic museum
Visit to Sardarapad ethnographic museum
lunch time
Lunch time
Noravank church complex
Noravank church complex
the remote location of Tatev monastery
The remote location of Tatev monastery
  Tsitsernakabert genocide monument
Tsitsernakabert genocide monument
may seems to be poppy month
May seems to be poppy month
  Meeting with sheperd near Karahountj
Meeting with sheperd near Karahountj
Invitation to join the dancers (visit to a dance school)
Invitation to join the dancers (visit to a dance school)
  teachers Paylak & Liudvig suprised everybody by joining in a Swiss dance
Teachers Paylak & Liudvig suprised everybody by joining in a Swiss dance
visit to a dance school
Visit to a dance school
dancing at restaurant
We danced at many restaurants
  enjoying the performance of Malatya at the dance school
Enjoying the performance of Malatya at the dance school
 
our dancing was appreciated by the band
Our dancing was appreciated by the band
  farewell dinner
Farewell dinner
Zvartnots ruins
Zvartnots ruins
  visit to Noravank church complex
Visit to Noravank church complex
spring time
Spring time

Overlooking Yerevan
  bad roads leading to Tatev monastery
Bad roads leading to Tatev monastery
wine sales on the roadside near Areni
Wine sales on the roadside near Areni
  local products near the road side
Local products near the road side