Azerbaijan

Mud Volcanoes!

See that exclamation point in the title up there? Thats the most excited sentence you’ll see in this entire post. There are tons of tourist sites out there in the world, and while many of them are deservedly popular some of them are over-hyped. I really thought the near-Baku Qobustan Mud Volcanoes were one of … Continue reading »

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The Little Hilltop Village that Saved my Opinion of Azerbaijan

After a ton of bad experiences and disappointments in the rest of Azerbaijan, it ¬†took one final destination to restore any semblance of pleasure to my time in the country. I liked almost everything about Xinaliq, and spent more than twice the time there than any other place in Azerbaijan. Even the drive in was … Continue reading »

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Dance Party: Azerbaijan

One of the nights I spent in Lahic, the family who owned the guesthouse Jason and I were staying at had their cousins in from out of town to celebrate… Something. After a long hard day of hiking in Lahic, they were kind enough to invite Jason and I to join in on the action. … Continue reading »

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Old Town Stroll

Lahic is famous in Azerbaijan for its blacksmiths, whose workshops line the main streets of the Old Town. These were, I thought, a bit oversold and not that exciting. Much more interesting to me was simply walking the streets and alleys that branch off of the main road and cut into little neighborhoods below and … Continue reading »

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Back in Baku

Baku strikes me as the kind of place that Dubai was probably like before they really got going with all the development and superscrapers. Even the lingua franca seemed to be English, despite the former Soviet influence. To be honest I didn’t really like the place, but that might be a reflection on my experience … Continue reading »

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