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Allen and Sosé met at [[AYF]] Camp during an Annual AYF Convention years before their marriage which they held in Armenia in 2012, followed by their their honeymoon at the annual AYF Alumni weekend at Camp Big Pines.
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==Life==
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Sosé Thomassian was born on September 10, 1982 to Emma Dermardirossian and Varand Thomassian in Newport Beach, California. Two years later, she became a big sister to [[Vaché Thomassian]]. Sosé attended [[Ari Guiragos Minassian]] Armenian school in Orange County, where the foundation was set for her academics as well as her strong Armenian identity. She graduated from Woodbridge High School in 2000, and went on to earn degrees in Psychology and Sociology from [[UCLA]] in 2005.
  
They repatriated to Armenia in early 2013, but months later were in a tragic fatal car accident while on vacation in the Republic of Georgia.
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From her teen years Sosé was a leader in the Orange County “Ashod Yergat” chapter of the [[Armenian Youth Federation]] (AYF). She worked within the local community in all facets and also served on the AYF Western Region Central Executive. She first visited Armenia in 2007 with the [[AYF Youth Corps]] program and was immediately captivated by both the country and the program. In 2008 she took the helm of the Youth Corps committee and was the catalyst behind the program’s restructuring, growth and expansion. Her passion for AYF Youth Corps set the path for her eventual move to Armenia.
  
Allen Yekikian and his wife [[Sose Thomassian]] died in a car accident on May 10 in neighboring [[Georgia]].
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Prior to moving to [[Armenia]], Sosé worked as senior contracts and grant analyst at the Beckman Laser Institute and TEC Business Center at [[UC Irvine]].
  
==How to Make it in Armenia==
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Sosé met her future husband [[Allen Yekikian]] at [[AYF]] Camp during the 2007 Annual AYF Convention. By September 2010 the two were engaged and began their life together. They were married on August 11, 2012 at [[Kecharis Monastery]] in [[Tsaghkadzor]] surrounded by close friends and family. In the beginning of 2013 Sosé & Allen repatriated to [[Armenia]], embarking on a new chapter of their lives.  
www.howtomakeitinarmenia.com was a blog started by Sose and Allen to document their move to Armenia and encourage others to follow.  The following are some of the blog entries.
 
  
===And we’re off to Armenia!===
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==HowtomakeitinArmenia.com==
FEBRUARY 10, 2013 | BY ALLEN YEKIKIAN
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Upon moving to Armenia, Sosé and Allen started a blog called HowtomakeitinArmenia.com. The purpose of the blog was to document their move and was "about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in Armenia." With this blog Sosé and Allen aimed at showing other Armenians "what it takes to not only move to Armenia, but to make it in Armenia."
  
Welcome to How to Make it in Armenia, a blog about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the homeland.
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==Death==
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Sosé and Allen, along with their driver Ara Avetisyan were tragically killed as a result of a car accident on May 10, 2013 en route to [[Tbilisi]] from [[Yerevan]]. The driver of the bus that crashed into them faces charges of criminal negligence under Article 276 of Georgia's Criminal Code.
  
Get the inside track on Sose & Allen’s latest adventures as they begin their new life together in the homeland. With this blog, we will show the world what it takes to not only move to Armenia, but to make it in Armenia!
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==Sosé & Allen's Legacy Foundation==
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[[Sosé & Allen's Legacy Foundation]] was set up in their memory to continue their vision by establishing programs and supporting existing programs aimed at bridging the gap between [[Armenia]] and its [[Diaspora]], through an emphasis on education, repatriation, and volunteerism within the homeland.
  
The blog is still in its infancy, but give us a few days and we’ll fix it up real nice for all of you back home following our new adventure in the homeland.
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==External links==
 
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*http://www.SoseandAllen.com
In the meantime, please enjoy this photo of our dogs, Zeus and Xena sitting on our boxes.
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*http://www.howtomakeitinArmenia.com
 
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*https://www.facebook.com/soseandallen
===Saying goodbye to family at LAX===
 
FEBRUARY 11, 2013 |  BY ALLEN YEKIKIAN
 
 
 
I’m waiting to board my flight to Armenia, after a long and hectic process of rearranging our boxes to avoid fees. We met up with my old roommate Serouj, who is coincidentally also moving to Armenia!and on the same flight. Our families got together for a long Armenian goodbye. Next stop Moscow, then Yerevan.
 
 
 
Sose departs next week, can’t wait.
 
 
 
Mom, Dad, Natalie, Misses Emma, see you soon when you visit
 
 
 
P.S. Bring Zeus and Xena
 
 
 
- Allen
 
 
 
===Zvartnots, customs and iPhones===
 
FEBRUARY 11, 2013 |  BY ALLEN YEKIKIAN
 
 
 
This was probably one of the smoothest (and cheapest) flights I have ever had to Armenia. Here’s some advice for anyone thinking of a one-way trip:
 
 
 
Airline:
 
 
 
Fly with Transaero Airlines. They are at least 100-200 dollars cheaper than Aeroflot. The service is better and the layover is short. Best of all you get to checkin two pieces of luggage for free, each at 25kg (2kg more than the avg). Each additional luggage is cheaper too. The third piece is $50, the fourth is $100, and the 5th is $150…significantly less than any airline out there.
 
 
 
Customs:
 
 
 
This causes confusion (and concern) for a lot of people. There’s no clear set of rules or guidelines to follow regarding customs. In general, if you are moving to Armenia you should not be charged customs fees.
 
 
 
However, I have yet to find this law written anywhere. Every diasporan has at least one allowance to bring whatever they want into the country once without customs. Now, in general, you don’t have anything to worry about unless you have a suitcase full of brand new iPhones.
 
 
 
In fact, it seemed they were looking for iPhones everywhere. One box had some vitamins and protein powder in it and they suspected it to be a dozen iPhones, don’t ask how that’s possible I don’t really understand.
 
 
 
In any case, you will undoubtably be asked to go through customs if you have a lot of baggage. The important thing here is to be honest. They will ask if you have brand new items, computers, iPhones, etc. It really doesn’t matter if what you are bringing is new or used, what matters is that it is your property. The response to give them is that you are moving to Armenia and these are your belongings, somethings are new, some are old, but its all yours. You cannot be taxed for private property only commercial goods.
 
 
 
Airport:
 
 
 
Zvartnots airport is by far one of the most beautiful airports I have flown into. It’s clean, efficient, and actually friendly.
 
 
 
- Allen
 

Revision as of 06:24, 18 July 2013

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Sosé Thomassian with her husband Allen Yekikian
Birth name Sosé Thomassian
Name in Armenian Սօսէ Թովմասեան
Birthplace Newport Beach, California
Birth date 10 September 1982
Lived in Irvine, Yerevan
Resides in Yerevan, Armenia
Death place Georgia
Death date 2013/05/10
Death year 2013
Education UCLA
Affiliations Armenian Youth Federation, AYF Youth Corps, Armenian National Committee of America, Civilitas Foundation
Languages English, Armenian
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Eastern Armenian, Western Armenian
Ancestral villages Van, Nakhichevan
Spouses Allen Yekikian
Relatives Vaché Thomassian
www.SoseandAllen.com

Life

Sosé Thomassian was born on September 10, 1982 to Emma Dermardirossian and Varand Thomassian in Newport Beach, California. Two years later, she became a big sister to Vaché Thomassian. Sosé attended Ari Guiragos Minassian Armenian school in Orange County, where the foundation was set for her academics as well as her strong Armenian identity. She graduated from Woodbridge High School in 2000, and went on to earn degrees in Psychology and Sociology from UCLA in 2005.

From her teen years Sosé was a leader in the Orange County “Ashod Yergat” chapter of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF). She worked within the local community in all facets and also served on the AYF Western Region Central Executive. She first visited Armenia in 2007 with the AYF Youth Corps program and was immediately captivated by both the country and the program. In 2008 she took the helm of the Youth Corps committee and was the catalyst behind the program’s restructuring, growth and expansion. Her passion for AYF Youth Corps set the path for her eventual move to Armenia.

Prior to moving to Armenia, Sosé worked as senior contracts and grant analyst at the Beckman Laser Institute and TEC Business Center at UC Irvine.

Sosé met her future husband Allen Yekikian at AYF Camp during the 2007 Annual AYF Convention. By September 2010 the two were engaged and began their life together. They were married on August 11, 2012 at Kecharis Monastery in Tsaghkadzor surrounded by close friends and family. In the beginning of 2013 Sosé & Allen repatriated to Armenia, embarking on a new chapter of their lives.

HowtomakeitinArmenia.com

Upon moving to Armenia, Sosé and Allen started a blog called HowtomakeitinArmenia.com. The purpose of the blog was to document their move and was "about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in Armenia." With this blog Sosé and Allen aimed at showing other Armenians "what it takes to not only move to Armenia, but to make it in Armenia."

Death

Sosé and Allen, along with their driver Ara Avetisyan were tragically killed as a result of a car accident on May 10, 2013 en route to Tbilisi from Yerevan. The driver of the bus that crashed into them faces charges of criminal negligence under Article 276 of Georgia's Criminal Code.

Sosé & Allen's Legacy Foundation

Sosé & Allen's Legacy Foundation was set up in their memory to continue their vision by establishing programs and supporting existing programs aimed at bridging the gap between Armenia and its Diaspora, through an emphasis on education, repatriation, and volunteerism within the homeland.

External links