Yesterday was my last day of work - I'm independent :-) I must say the timing is quite perfect, what with the weather in Spring here being so great, and it being a perfect time to do some serious travel and exploration. My sister comes in 10 days on her first trip to Armenia, so it will be cool to show her around the country. Then some more explorations in the region, which I have neglected to some extent, and some more efforts on my own projects. A reprint of the Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook
should be out this month, I'll be starting a new apartment renovation once I get some paperwork approved (which is really not a fun process), a couple of little projects, and then some more effort on my favorite new baby, Armeniapedia.org...Armeniapedia.org
is my new website, which is in a really cool new "wiki" format, which means that anyone can click on an "edit" tab on almost every page, and edit the page, as well as add new pages and pictures. This means that anyone in the world can contribute to the website - and yes, anyone in the world can vandalize it too. (I review all the changes and can reverse any vandalism with one click). It has already become a massive site, with about 1,500 articles
, including almost all of the content from Cilicia.com. It's quite easy to get the hang of adding/editing, so I recommend you give it a shot. Working on it can become addictive, it's so easy. There are others doing some good work on it already, and I hope that as others discover it, they will begin to contribute their knowlege, research new additions, etc. The name, Armeniapedia is a combination of Armenia (obviously), and Encyclopedia, since that is the closest resource it resembles. If you want to give editing/adding an article a shot, why don't you write an article on the subject you are the world's foremost expert on - yourself. There is a page with a list of any and all Armenians in the world
. Add your name to the list, save the list, and when the page reloads your name will be in red. Click on it, and the new page will allow you to type whatever you like about yourself. You can also upload
a small picture. And of course, tell your friends about the site!!
Cilicia will have a facelift, as much of the old content is permanently moved to Armeniapedia. I have just added free classifieds and personals
to Cilicia.com, as I am changing the focus of this site to an interactive meeting place. Blogs, chat, message boards, personals... Then I'll also give a facelift to my third Armenian site. Phew!
Anyway, it feels good to finish my (2 year) contract, which I decided not to extend, since I will finally will have a lot more free time - something I've missed. It's funny that USAID moved to the new US Embassy on Tuesday, and yesterday was my last day there. Perfect timing, considering one of the things that's so great about Yerevan is I can walk everywhere. The new embassy is not in the center, unfortunately. It is a pretty standard American office building on the outside, but the inside, which has a big atrium is done quite nicely, with a lot of good art, American and Armenian. The big opening ceremony will be tomorrow. And no, it is NOT the biggest embassy in the world. Not by a long shot. It is the biggest piece of LAND for an American Embassy. Not building. Big difference.