My students presented me with a toy horse and advised the gift was for luck seeing it�s the year of the horse. We then decided to name my horse and Hakob Hovhanessian; the Director of �Duty to Live� came up with the name Kourgig Jalali that is the name of the horse of Sassoontsi Davit. I�ve decided to call it Kourgig for short and it sits at work with me all day. They also presented me with a book in Armenian on Gandzasar. This one will take sometime to read as my reading skill is not up to scratch but maybe my students are giving me a message? Whatever the reason, I was quite moved receiving these gifts.
Thank you again to my Diasporan friend who wants to remain anonymous for his kindness. I should mention that we did cheat at times and spoke Armenian, for example when someone was toasting. Somehow, the toast doesn�t come out as melodious in English.