Old City Inn
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... was explained. It was a tradition picked up in the 18th c from the Russians and carried on. Apparently women are buried deeper than men. The joke is to make sure the wives do not come back! Screw political correctness!
Way too much 60 kph roads with no seeming reason for the low speed limit. The views are not scenic. Weaving about the roads due to cows seems a Caucasus-wide issue.
Rahim pointed out a distant radio locator tower, very important ...
After listening to the therapeutic sound of the fire crackling we took a short still across the nearby highlands (which reminded us of those little housing estates you find located next to an airport). We then shot off to our next destination, the Baku Ateshgah Fire Temple.
We arrived shortly after in an enormous cobble stone square, which looked as though it had been set up as an Olympic size-parking bay. Despite the ...
As we handed our passports at the immigration counter in Baku airport, the official first looked for all the usual information - passport details, Azerbaijan visa validity etc. but then proceeded to carefully (visually) scan every single page in the passport! What he was checking was the presence of any stamps from having visited Nagorno-Karabakh, a country recognized by no one, but claimed by Azerbaijan. Evidence of having visited this ...
... Baku feels like a strong central government decided to give the entire city a complete makeover--building the new and making the old looks like it's new. The Old City looks like crisp and perfect--as if it were built yesterday.
And unlike Georgia, it's very clear where the money comes from to build all this: oil.
The city is still quiet as I wander through the pedestrian street into the heart of the city, down the stately corridors. There's a variety ...
I returned to the hotel at 4pm but it was after 5pm before Helen contacted us to say that we would be staying the night in the hotel and we could not get on the ferry without visas. We were also informed that we would have to visit the Turkmenistan Embassy in the morning (Friday) to obtain them.
So that meant that we were going to stay the night in Baku which was a city still 'drunk' from holding the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 ...