Looking back at the last month has given me a new perspective on life and how things have changed for me as a person. As a student I have seen many pictures and heard many stories about Armenia and for me to finally experience it first-hand caught me off guard. I could never imagine that a place with such old traditions and beauty still exist in this day and age. I saw major differences in the people that live in Armenia compared to Americans, such as their attitudes, friendliness and how much they appreciate life a lot more. Especially in the village of Tsovinar, the people there lived a very simple life that made them happy. I really think that this new generation has way more than is necessary which makes us caught up in the wrong things.
The second day when we went to Khor Virab, as we were driving by Mount Ararat, I was in shock at how big it was. Along with that I was amazed at all the churches that are built all over the country, especially how each one has its own style. My favorite church was the one we attended the first Sunday in Jrvezh. The whole atmosphere of the church made me feel at home and welcomed. The church that I felt the most connected to was Tzitzernavank because I served on the altar. I had never felt something so special go through my body as when I was serving. I was nervous also because it was an honor to be up there, knowing that it was built in the 5th century and that many intelligent monks have been on that same altar.
The whole time I was in Armenia I had a feeling that even today I can’t explain, I hope to go back in search of that feeling because I really haven’t been the same since I got back. A part of my spirituality and my personality has matured a lot since the trip and all difficulties that I encountered on the trip taught me how to deal with things in the future. Everything from the trip has been a learning experience and I hope to use those experiences in life.