Arriving in Yerevan
31.05.2010 - 31.05.2010 80 °F
We arrived at 5.30am Armenia time which is 4 hours ahead of the UK. We were met by our driver Saro - it was pouring with rain which was a bit worrying. We were taken to our Homestay accommodation where we met Viva. Our brother Rod stayed with her daughter Lia when he came over 4/5 years ago. As it was about 2am for us in english time, we decided to have a sleep first so that we didn't feel too dreadful during the day. After a nap we got up and had 'breakfast' with our host. It's interesting trying to communicate when neither party can speak the other's language. We try and speak with sign language which has been successful so far but hard to get any nuances across. Viva is keen for us to share her love of biscuits and cakes but we are doing our best to resist.
We had a little explore of the area in the afternoon & again a litttle later in the evening. Where we are staying is very central - 2 mins from Republic Square- we would love to have been there for Eurovision - it was probably packed around the fountains. Apparently we arrived at the airport at the same time as the singers who were part of the Armenian entry which explained why it was so busy at 5ish in the morning.
A lot of cafes have wi-fi so was able to connect up the iphone to download a few bits of info. We walked quite a distance - discovering the so called green belt which has been covered in cafes. We bought some bits from the supermarket deli and had a picnic. Unfortunately there wasn't anywhere nice enough to sit down on the ground but we found a bench in the shade. We got some strange looks so I guess this isn't a normal activity.
When we went back in the evening, we couldn't find our apartment block. In the dark every door looked the same and the numbers weren't clear at all. Usually I have a good sense of where I am but my radar was totally off beam. Nothing a good night's sleep shouldn't fix.