Austin Hotel Baku
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... in the centre costs anywhere from $6-8 CAD. Imagine paying over 1/100 of your monthly paycheck for a cup of coffee?
It's extremely important to take care when ordering drinks in Baku, because while you can still have a delicious traditional Azeri meal for a relatively-affordable price, tea can set you back almost $30 CAD if you aren't careful! Of course, it ends up being a huge samovar of tea that is ...
... to meet the border guards and hand in my passport. I am always nervous crossing country borders as it is so extremely unknown and as a tourist you can’t be sure if these countries off the tourist path will accept you or not. In the first instance of my meeting with the very stiff and stern guard there was definitely no red carpet rolled out when he realised that we had visited Armenia(sworn enemies of Azerbaijan) only a few days earlier. I was quizzed ...
... the Soviet Union, and the prize Hitler had his eyes set on in World War II... Even though most people in the world don't even know this city (or this country for that matter exists), this place played a huge role in world history.
And what makes Baku different from other oil producing areas, is that a huge city grew right in the middle of the oil fields--creating this industrial post-apocalyptic feel...
Finally I reach the neighborhood where the ...
... impressive. Baku is not a great place now, but in 10 years, it will be. They are also planning a project to build some man made islands kind of like in Dubai.
When I applied for a visa to Azerbaijan, I had two choices. There is a tourist visa and a transit visa. The tourist visa was $140 and the transit was good for 3 days and $20. I thought since Azerbaijan was not that big of a country that I could see it all in 3 days and ...
Azerbaijan had been the country we'd been most looking forward to. Partly because we decided to go to the Eurovision Songfestival next year, and then the Azeri's won, and we'd already booked the tickets for this summer!
Also, we'd both never been on a sleeper train, so our journey to Baku was an exciting one, much more exciting than those stupid flights we always have to go on!
The train station in Tbilisi is not a ...