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... a visa, which in turn meant that he couldn’t get on the boat with us !! Man down !!! The plan was that Ger would fly to Tajikistan, get a Russian visa there and we’d catch up with him. Ger headed off back into central Baku to get himself a hostel and some well earned rest.
There were now only two !!!
Lucky for us, there were another 6 rally cars on the ferry with us, 2 English cars, 1 Lithuanian, 2 Americanskis and 1 Spanish. We all got processed at the ...
... I was a bit emotionally shaken by the thought of it. The driver made no effort to apologize. Maybe you get extra points for hitting tourists here.
There was a bit of tension that we sensed between Nick who is very timely and Ramisa who is rather freer with our schedule. She kept telling us to take our time and kept asking if we wanted to do other things or see other things and go into shops. One shop said it was closed but she said she knew ...
... which was an interesting lesson in bartering. I had no local currency and after a lot of misunderstanding, I understood that they would find the manager as he was only one who could work the credit card machine. While I was waiting, I took a bottle of water and sprite from the refrigerator and started to drink it thinking I could add that to my fuel bill. I was a bit aghast to discover that the shop and the petrol station are separate and so now I was in a tricky situation of having ...
... of billet, me, problem, the large man was up, grabbing me by the arm and charging to our original official who turns out is the head of the port police. Result, come back at 1pm and maybe, 50:50 we get you on. A glimmer of hope.
Chasing the shade, 1pm comes, the gates swing open, trucks start rolling through and after what amounts to be a 120USD bribe later, i can get on the boat. Success.
To say from here we simply rolled the ...
... streets and homes, and leading to a State of Emergency. The clean up effort was still underway when we arrived. We stayed a converted karvansaray - not luxurious, but certainly atmospheric. Then we began a long drive to the capital of Baku.
Much of the drive was through farmland, but as we got closer to the Abseron peninsula, the landscape shifted to dry, sunburnt hills and dusty plains. Abseron is a sprawling terrain of derelict Soviet apartment blocks ...