Tayto take Armenia

I was posting a present for my sister when the lady in the post office said she had parcels for me. Not one parcel, but two.  I was surprised. Sure, my birthday is tomorrow but I had not anticipated any deliveries this week.

  1. So much mail  goes missing here that I have advised people not to risk dispatch
  2. 58 is not really a red letter birthday
  3.  I have asked my friends and family not to give me anything but to make me happy by supporting a young woman I know. Emilia has been offered a place to study veterinary medicine at Cambridge this fall, and needs to close a $10,000 gap in her tuition funds. You can help her with $10 here.

The boxes were light–but sizeable. Hard to see over the top of them. I got a taxi home.

tayto1The first box contained 30 packs of a world-leading crisp–Tayto Cheese N Onion, made in Tandragee, Northern Ireland. The sell-by date was March 2018– this was the box ordered by my sister for Christmas delivery last year. I ate a packet–slightly soft, but nonetheless delicious. I began to divine the contest of the second box–30 more packets of tasty Tayto. The sell-by date–May 2018–indicated this was the second shipment dispatched by Tayto when my sister complained about the non-arrival of the first. I ate a packet–oh sublime flavor and crunch.

We gave up hope of box number one about Easter last year, and wept at the loss of box two as spring came and went. What luck they should arrive intact this week–happy birthday to me.

tayto2At time of writing I have 29 packets of stale crisps, and 29 packets in peak condition. I’ll perk up the contents of box number one in a medium oven for 3-5 minutes –a little moisture won’t stand between me and my Tayto.

I would ask you round for a crisp sandwich–but I’m not sure I have quite enough to go round.

Thanks to the good people of Tayto Castle, Tandragee, Co. Armagh for their product which was invented a year or two before I was born. (Yes, I am old enough to remember when the Salt N Vinegar packs contained little, blue, wax paper screws of salt, and when all Tayto products were fried in lard). Thanks to them too for shipping to Armenia–and replacing the first box that went astray. Thanks to my sister for organizing the first care package. I fear my parcel belatedly dispatched to her today can’t compare with the starch-laden bounty she gifted to me. I am less alone in the Caucasus when surrounded by Ireland’s favorite crisp. Thanks to you too for supporting Emilia’s fundraiser–she has brains, she has opportunity, she has a great career ahead of her. But she doesn’t have Tayto. She needs all the help she can get. https://www.gofundme.com/m69r7-university-of-cambridge-tuition





About Liz Barron

Returned US Peace Corps Volunteer (Armenia 17-19). Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger, cook, painter, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveller.
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2 Responses to Tayto take Armenia

  1. Gagik Stepan-Sarkissian says:

    Dear Liz

    A question for you: who is Rosa Baghoomian who is listed as the beneficiary of the campaign organised by Emilia? Why isn’t Emilia herself the beneficiary?

    Thanks and all good wishes




    • Liz Barron says:

      Hi Gagik, unfortunately Go Fund Me won’t pay out to a bank in Armenia. The beneficiary therefore has to be someone in the states with a bank account. The beneficiary is Emilia’s grandmother in LA. When Go Fund Me hands over the money it will be to Rosa who will then transfer to Emilia’s family bank here. It is all an unfortunate hangover of the bad old days and ways here. I know Emilia and her family and can vouch that this is all above board. I am trying to get 58 people to pay $10 each. I will then pay the remaining $420 to get Emilia one thousand of the $10,000 she needs for autumn. We will have time to do professional fundraising for future years–and the new government is being very helpful–so the emergency for this talented young woman is really for year one. I know you and the institute will do anything you can to help. thanks for your support, Liz


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