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... walking back to chill for an hour and a half.
Powered away on the blog and changed pants for dinner. Took us longer to find it but arrived on time. The meal was atmospheric in an old caravansaray, impacted by a screaming baby, a pricey wine we did not clarify beforehand [itself five-sixths the cost of the final meal in Sheki]and probably being charged for three chicken dishes when we said we would share. No Visa either was annoying, especially spotting a ...
... to us a gift of a small stone from Mecca used to give Muslims the feeling they are closer to their holy city during times of prayer.
We strolled along the Caspian Sea boulevard taking in the fresh air and watching youngsters glide by on their slick rollerblades before meeting Ismet and Wahid for dinner.
The boys presented Baku to us in all its glory. Together we climbed to the city look out point passing ...
... the caves was truly rewarding. Common themes included livestock, wild animals and human figures. One significant carving is that of a reed boat sailing towards the sunset. It was this particular image that triggered Thor Heyerdahl (of Kon-Tiki fame) to compare it with similar etchings in Norway and theorize that Scandinavians might have originated in Azerbaijan. Some 10 kms further south is a field of what is referred to as mud volcanoes ...
... deep in thought.
Not often you visit a cemetery that leaves you feeling happy and inspired. Tell you what, I think I'd like to be buried in this place... how about a statue of me playing guitar on a park bench?
Another thing that many Muslims would consider "un-Islamic" about Azerbaijan. Others would say that Muslims shouldn't have statues of themselves, that tombs should be simple... to which I would say, who is the true authority to say who is a "true Muslim" ...
... futuristic indeed!
We all returned to hotel at the appointed time and were informed that the visas had been obtained and that we were booked on a ferry at sometime around midnight that evening. We were asked to be back at the hotel for 9pm in order to walk the short distance to the ferry port.
This gave us the chance to have one last visit to Baku's popular and lovely sea front where we had a meal and a few more 'sherbets'!!