Sose Thomassian

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Allen and Sose
Death date 2013/05/10
Death year 2013
Languages English, Armenian
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Western Armenian
Spouses Allen Yekikian

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.

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.

Allen Yekikian and his wife Sose Thomassian died in a car accident on May 10 in neighboring Georgia.

How to Make it in Armenia 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!


Welcome to How to Make it in Armenia, a blog about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the homeland.

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!

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.

In the meantime, please enjoy this photo of our dogs, Zeus and Xena sitting on our boxes.

Saying goodbye to family at LAX


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


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:


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.


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.


Zvartnots airport is by far one of the most beautiful airports I have flown into. It’s clean, efficient, and actually friendly.

- Allen