Things in Yerevan
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Up on the hill is the statue of Mayr Hayastan (Mother Armenia in English). She looks out over the city, protecting it with her mighty sword. I hear she used to be a statue of Stalin before independance from the Soviet Union. Then one morning (so the legend goes) everyone looked up and the statue was transformed. Every time I see here I just imagine her one day - at Armenia's moment of greatest need - lurching herself up from her foundation and using her enourmous blade to defend the Armenian people.
Below her is a small armada of decommissioned weaponry including tanks, a MiG Fighter Jets and missles, all pointed in the direction of Turkey.
There are also many fountains around Yerevan, ninety-nine percent of which are dry. I imagine that when spouting water they can add a pleasant softness to the city, but dry they can be a bit harsh and mainly act as nets for dry autumn leaves (which I also enjoy).
I imagine that either they turn them on in summer (I didn't arrive in Armenia until September) or they have been turned off for several decades. Yerevan has plenty of water for her citizens, but there isn't the infastructure for water preasure, so parts of the city do without any water for half a day every week or so. I kept bottles of tap water by the sink in the bathroom when I lived in one of those parts of the city because I never would know when the water would disapear. It would be a bit unfair to have big fountains using up all the water preasure when homes and businesses didn't, so for now they are dry.
This monument is on my way home, almost at my house. This side is to a felow named Hakob Kojoyan. I looked him up online and he was a painter and illustrator who did a lot of folk tales like this one:
I like that he wants a feather.
On the other side is another memorial to a man named Ara Sargsyan. Online, it said he made sculptures, some of which are sitting around Yerevan including this one of Hovhannes Tumanyan the famous Armenian poet:
I think that he did a good job.
This karaoke club is soviet themed. A bit odd considering Armenia's troubled connection to communism, but then again soviet is vintage and hip even in countries that were once actually soviet.