do you know how the settlement beneath is called? i believe it is Karin Tak (Քարին Տակ) which literally means ‘under the stone’. (:
Photo 16: Above Shushi, Artsakh
Four weeks into my stay in Armenia, I took a trip to Artsakh with a rambunctious busload of other diasporans. The entire time, I wished I could ditch the group and just explore on my own time. Learn about a history I had, up until that point, simply not known, much less understood. I wished I had more Armenian under my belt so I could take time to talk with the families we stayed with in Shushi, to listen to their stories, understand their pain, their strength.
The morning of our departure, after three jam-packed days of being bussed from place to place to place and back again, we were given the opportunity to go on an optional hike above Shushi, at 7:30am, with just a few hours sleep under our belts. Only nine of us showed up. And during the two hours that followed, we hiked quietly, nearly too tired to talk, up the hills above Shushi. The hills were rich with scads of fragrant, wild herbs. The rocks dropped off dramatically around each bend, giving way to the valley below. After days of rain, the sky was clear, the air crisp, and we stood on the edge of this valley, just taking it all in. The current moment, beautiful, peaceful, and quiet under a morning sun. But also the layers upon layers of history, trauma, fierce pride, reverence, and unwaivering resolve amongst those we met to do whatever it took to keep calling this breathtaking place home.
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