The communities around Ani still make bread in the traditional way they have for hundreds of years. The bread is cooked in large pits in the ground that are located in special huts.
Beekeepers around Ani raise their bees in the traditional methods that have been used in the area for hundreds of years. Honey from the Kars-Ani region can vary widely in its taste depending on the altitude the bees are at. It's common for these beekeepers to live a semi-nomadic lifestyle, frequently on the move.
Local farmers patch their rooves. Their home is located in a community next to the ruins of Ani. Living in the shadows of these crumbling churches and massive fortification walls is a part of their daily lives.