30 July, 2010

Today's Headlines - BBC News

I feel like an old woman saying this, but what is the world coming to?!

French mother 'relieved by truth'
A French mother who admitted killing eight of her newborn babies is relieved that her secret is finally out in the open, her lawyer says.

Sex tourism boom
A BBC investigation has highlighted the extent of child prostitution and sex tourism in Brazil.

Tokyo's 'oldest man' was a corpse
The skeleton of a man previously thought to be Tokyo's oldest living male resident has been discovered in his family home.

Naked woman hurt in roof fall
A naked woman is injured after falling through a building roof in Aberdeen (UK) city centre.

Sarkozy threat on police attacks
President Nicolas Sarkozy says he would like to strip French nationality from anyone of foreign origin who threatened the life of a police officer.

Italian's hidden assets uncovered
About $20,000 in hidden cash is recovered from an Italian man's underwear as he is about to fly out from Belfast International Airport.

Naked trampoline man avoids jail sentence
(no caption provided.....presumably the title says it all)

27 July, 2010

Back from Far, Far Away

I'm back from my London/Armenia trip.....and what a whirlwind it was! Actually, I've been back for a few weeks now, but have been so busy moving house, catching up with friends and taking care of all that mundane, day to day muck, I haven't had the energy to post.

London was absolutely phenomenal. What a mish-mash of culture. I was head over heels the moment I walked into a newspaper shop and the owner greeted me with "ello luv". Nevermind that the owner was miles and miles away from resembling Captain Jack Sparrow--even if it had been a monkey greeting me, I would swoon.

But London was no match for the warmth, the peace and the absolute incredible feeling of home I felt in Armenia. We spent most of the time in the village where my father was born, then drove to the capital, Erevan, for a few days. Unlike last time, where we spent 99% of our time being ushered from one relative's table to another, this time we were able to take a few days to see the sights of Armenia.....and can I just say, I felt like I spent the entire time holding my breath, afraid that if I took a breath or closed my eyes for a minute the amazing scenery and the even more amazing people that surrounded me would dissapear.

I'll elaborate more later, but for now, a few pictures that, although they do not come close to capturing what it felt like to be there, can at least show you the beauty of the country whose history runs through my veins.