… because of the highspeed driving and the fact that every instruction had to pass our interpreter. Our Armenian driver did not understand —in any case did not react to— the word Stop, and the local equivalent being extremely long I couldn't remember it. …I can only stress, once again, the need for a thorough preparation: learn your stop vocabulary.
The Aparan sign is probably a diplomat recently turned to a new job as roadworker. He still has the habit of probing the depth of the water.