After a few minutes in fact (while all the villagers stare “curious”) comes a white Lada with five people on board, a lady says “hallo”, it seems that she is our host (is Rovshan’s mother we realize later). In some way we go, me and Daniele in the front seat and all the others (four persons) behind. All of them have gold teeth, except of Rovshan’s mother. I don’t know if I had already said, but here everybody has gold teeth. The house is beautiful, all made of wood and with lots of windows. But in the summertime the life goes on outside, where there is a huge porch furnished with kitchen, sofa and a big carpet. There’s also a big and nice garden full of flowers and vegetables.
We are immediately fed with some kind of bucatini, cooked for 30 minutes. Here, however, any type of pasta is called macaroni. The dressing on the side, so the pasta is, shall we say, stuck (maybe this would sound normal for non-italians).
There are also the children of Rovshan, one of about a year and a half which is called Ismail, and another of about 7 years. Then there is the wife of Rovshan. And finally, around 22 also comes Rovshan from works, as far as we understand (his English is a bit ‘fancy), he’s an inspector for the municipality of Ismailli. His job description was “the call, telephone (and ask): how are you?”.
The room is large, with a wooden floor and a lot of medicines. The mother is a doctor.
The operation of the kholkoz is explained by Tanya, a Russian lady who lives for six years in Ivanovka with her husband Jhon, a british man, and runs a guest house.
She offers us tea and gave us a bit of the wine produced there, then tell us where to go to buy the cheese, the “blue gate No. 2.”
Let’s go for a walk around the fields, and here we find ourself in the department of tractors, a big yard where these fossils are parked, but they seems to work. Then there is the workshop for repairs. While we’re out there, the manager (who looks like the guy from csi miami, but with gold teeth) takes us for a “tour” of the factory. It seems to make a leap in time. Then he takes us into his office and prepares tea again. Meanwhile, there are always workers who come to show him their work, he gives them some notes, we do not understand what they are.
After the visit to the tractors we walk through the fields, there are vineyards and then a “roadblock”. In practice a small house where the men are drinking tea. They tell us we can not proceed because there are buffalos. And they again offer us tea. Then we go to buy cheese where Tanya recommended and get back to hitchhike for Kurdmashi.
One of the guys who loaded us offers to take to Lahic tomorrow. It ‘a funny fat man and, needless to say, with gold teeth.
Rovshan’s mom and wife prepared dinner.