My German friend, when he lives in Yerevan, rents a room in some family apartment. it’s not only cheaper, but also he is able to socialize and understand locals better.

Last time he was renting a room in the flat of the elderly couple of musicians. they were speaking Russian, and were cursing Putin every day. He was asking, how it’s possible.

— Why, aren’t there people in Russia who disagree with his politics? — asked I and answered myself — Of course there are. Also, they speak Russian because educated people had to know well the language of the empire, and it was becoming a standard, default language for the educated class. it’s normal that educated people understand who is Putin, and don’t like him.

other time our German friend said:

— I’ve got acquainted with Armenian family from diaspora, from LA. They left Armenia in early eighties, but they look like stereotypical Americans - fat, they subsist hamburgers and they drink coca-cola. They were very thankful to Russia, they said: “Russia gave Armenians land to live and breed”.

He recounted it with small sparks in his eyes, wondering how we’ll react. i wanted to start explaining that it might be typical for Armenians who left in early eighties, and why. But my friend was unable to resist, and he shouted:

— it’s bullshit!

Now our German friend rents a room at the old woman’s apartment, previously she was soviet engineer. now she does “alternative medicine”. One of her patients has cancer and she believes that she can cure him with her movements. “When i awake, and see someone lays in the kitchen, i realize i cannot get a cup of water” - complains our friend. He also says that this elderly woman loves Putin.

— Why not? — said my local friend — Putin also can be considered as “alternative medicine”.

#putin #armenia #yerevan #medicine #talk #stories #friends

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This article is about people who left Russia because of recent developments, i. e. worsening of situation with rights, freedom, education, and everything, who have abandoned a hope that if they stay they can live in a normal civilized country. Text is in #Russian language.

When you come to Israel, you feel warmth of incredible strength. I never felt that before. People around support you, help you. First two months, when I was walking the streets, those who found out that I have made aliyah, were saying the same phrase: “Welcome home!”. That was so touchy I wanted to cry. Those were people who didn’t know you. Taxi drivers. Sellers. Whoever. They are just happy to welcome you.

I like how Israeli medicine is designed. We make an appointment on the Internet. We arrive - no queues. There is a piece of paper at the door of the doctor with your name and the time at which the office door will open just for you. Almost everything is free, we only pay some coins for special procedures. There are two kinds of pharmacy stores in Israel - regular pharmacies, and pharmacies that attached to hospital cashier desks. When you have a prescription, it does not make sense to go to the regular pharmacy, because if you go to the one served by the hospital then significant part of the cost is paid by the state.

I wish Armenia could welcome repatriates like that.

#fantastic #israel #aliyah #medicine #repatriation #pharmacy #welcome_home

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