Dad in the Torch-light Procession

Today, my birthday, is the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Last night, we took part in a torch-light procession from the Matenadaran to the Genocide Museum & Memorial overlooking the capital of Yerevan. The walk was less somber than I expected, but when we finally reached the memorial, the sight and sounds of so many mourning Armenians laying flowers was incredibly moving.

Visiting Noravank

The first stop on the journey south through Armenia, Noravank. This beautiful 13th century monastery is situated in a gorge and features some incredibly tiny steps on the facade of the two-storey S. Astvatsatsin church. I didn't make it up two the second floor, so for all I know, it's full of chocolate and gold.

The Taxing Taxation of Microfinance

A business reporter I’ve befriended here in Yerevan once told me, “There’s one thing you can guarantee any businessman in Armenia will say in an interview — just ask him if his company is profitable. He’ll always say no.”

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Here's my second blog entry for the Kiva Fellows Blog. It's about taxes, though not as boring as that sounds -- I hope...

Donkey is not impressed

Somewhere on the mountainous roads through the southern regions of Armenia. This donkey was not impressed by our SUV, which, admittedly, was no match for the pothole-filled dirt roads.

Youth Center for Creative Technologies

Wow. I was lucky enough to get a tour of this stunning, state-of-the-art facility by Marie Lou Papazian (the woman running the center) herself. I cannot wait to see it in operation. They've also accepted my offer to teach a guest lecture on entrepreneurship, social media -- anything they'd like, really. This will go a long way toward getting Armenia's future programmers, technologists, and designers a big head start as children.