Here we have a glimpse into the everyday lives of Armenians living in Shamanyan village.
[caption id="attachment_1759" align="alignleft" width="300"] Amalia standing in a doorway in her home[/caption]
At her humble home, Amalia smiles back as she stands in the doorway which is draped in white fabrics and decorated with fake flowers which creep down each side. She is standing close to a small television; which villagers say it their only form of entertainment other than family.
Looking across the room, one notices that it serves as a lounge, dining room, and kitchen.
[caption id="attachment_1760" align="alignright" width="300"] Hermine is the youngest in the village[/caption]
The seating area features a beautiful, old wooden piece of furniture and behind it, the wall is adorned with a traditional carpet, which adds an element of warmth. There is also a small dining table which stands opposite the wood-burning stove. On the other side of the room is a small couch.
Hermine is seated on the couch in her gray polo neck top, staring back at the camera with her gorgeous, big, brown eyes. At four years of age, she is the youngest of all the villagers. She can count to ten in both English and Armenian.
[caption id="attachment_1761" align="alignleft" width="300"] The wood-burning stove is the only heat source in the house[/caption]
The wood-burning stove is their only source of heat in the house, and all their meals are prepared on the stovetop in large steel pots. A milk can stands behind the stove, once used for milk from their cows which they kept in the outside yard. But, unfortunately, they just sold their last cow.
Amalia has three children who live in Russia. She would at times travel there to visit them, and see the grandchildren, but their dad is no longer able to travel.
These villagers live a simple life together and make-do with what they have while keeping a smile on their faces.