We thawed the ice from our beards and got installed in a 7 bed dorm we shared with some friendly ladies from the Phillipines who happened to have a karaoke machine. And all the kids in school were wishing they were us that night, when we showed the girls our best version of Paradise by The Dashboard Light. Their last night was extensively celebrated with karaoke, some rounds of tap the table and even a short game of truth or dare which we won.
On our second day in the ice kingdom that Armenian people call their capital, Yuri's parents upgraded our dorm to an extra luxury suite in the Republica hotel. Before Yuri could catch up with his parents, Anke nudged us towards a much needed shower. The evening was filled with an authentic dinner with very loud live Armenian music. We wanted to show Yuri's parents a great time, so over the course of the next two days we took our guests to the Armenian Genocide Museum, The Ararat brandy factory, the Vernissage Market and the Yerevan Cascade art gallery. The cherry on the cultural cake was a play in the old opera building called 'Silkroad: Flower Dance', a first taste of our final destination that showed us how exciting China can really be.
We wanted to go snowboarding for Oli's birthday on the 18th, but Anton had been putting off his rimjob for 800 kilometers now and since he couldn't do this himself we had to find the right man for the job. Instead we celebrated with a game that involved some bow and arrow shooting, hopping on chairs, a piano, a clock and a variety of sweet and sour spirits. After Oli completed his customary cake faceplant, we braved the cold night to see yet another flower dance.