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... way north west into the mountains.
- Getting a visa for Azerbaijan is tough, though a new e-visa is available for UK citizens. This is quite pricey but has the advantage of having a process that is entirely over the internet - so I was able to apply as I travelled. The flipside of this is that it takes ages - I was told that it would take 2-3 weeks and it took 7. So don't try to get one if you are in a hurry.
- Baku is ...
18 May to ...
After a reasonably long drive day, on roads which I thought might be better, we arrived at some mud volcanoes which are about 60km outside Baku.
What a change in scenery over the drive! We went from arable farm land to dust and scrub... and oil wells/processing plants. It was more the scenery I expected from Azerbaijan.
The mud volcanoes themselves were only about 8 foot/2.5m tall at their highest and the ...
... part wasn't so successful. I pretty much ruled out the train or a flight from Tbilisi - the trains didn't run every day so I wouldn't have any time in Tbilisi and the flights were too pricey. That leaves the possibility of a taxi or mini-van.
At 8 pm, I met Noel and Leo in the lobby. Nick was talking to them so we greeted each other before the three of us left for a drink somewhere. Leo and Noel opted for going to Fountain Square and that seemed ...
... a chat. He didn’t seem to appreciate that I might have been having a chat with him from his lap having come through the windscreen. Unfortunately, he didn't appear the only one who wanted to talk to me, so I was happy to be in a big 4x4 for our tour of Baku.
Baku seems similar to Monaco. It is perched around a Bay and there is a very rich and up market end that caters for all your usual Bond Street stores. And around the outskirts there is a thriving and crazy ...
Having spoken to the lads from Turkey through the previous afternoon, whether it be paranoia or not we were ready and expecting to be dealing with the ******** of corrupt police today.
The aim today anyway was to get to Baku and hopefully find a cheap hotel to make a base to go back and forth to Baku Port arranging a boat to get to Kazakhstan.
Out on the road it immediately appeared that there were police everywhere. ...