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Azerbaijan, anyone? by KMeadows on 31 May 2006 9:39pm
My boyfriend and I are heading that-a-way for a conference and some proper visit time in about a week and a half. I was wondering if anyone here has been there and what they thought?

Thanks. :)
Re: Azerbaijan, anyone? by tucsonmike on 3 June 2006 3:53pm
Met a friend of a friend from Baku. Would like to go one day, only because I found out I have distant cousins there.
You will have to let me know what you think of it.
Re: Azerbaijan, anyone? by KMeadows on 3 June 2006 8:00pm
Will do. I'm just happy someone's heard of it! I'm keen on seeing the mud volcanoes. :) Thanks for the response.
Re: Azerbaijan, anyone? by world traveller on 5 June 2006 10:06pm
Baku is a nice city.Very cheap and nice restaurants.Weather should be good at this time of year too.The old part of Baku is a walled city which is very intersting-worth a look.I was there to work on an oil rig in the caspian sea so did'nt have that much time to look further a field.The place is booming now with oil activity so there should be plenty of brits and americans there.......Enjoy.....Neil
Re: Azerbaijan, anyone? by shona on 11 July 2006 12:25pm
I realise you've been already by now I'm going to post anyway because it may be of use to someone.
I spent last year living in Baku so know it quite well. There is an large British community, mainly Scottish. Also many Americans.
The locals will try to rip you off when buying goods but that's no different to many other countries. There are taxis everywhere...use them, they're cheap. They don't have meters though so you don't ask how much, you just hand over the money. Buses are much cheaper, but to get on one you must be fairly brave! I saw a number of bus crashes in my time there.
It's pretty cheap to eat out.
If you are shopping be prepared for a shop assistant to follow your every step.
For the airport you will need passport photos for your visa. You can get your photo taken at the visa desk but it is much cheaper to take your own. Also take a pen. They don't have any there for you to fill yor form in.
The Hyatt hotel is nice to go for relaxing and sunbathing. If going out at night, try not to go alone. It's not uncommon for expats to get beaten up by some locals. This was happening quite frequently when I was there.
At this time of year it will be very hot. The locals will be in bright colourful clothes. (In winter they mostly wear black or dark clothes)
I spent a few days up in the mountains, whic was lovely. Getting out of the city and seeing the small villages was very interesting. You will need a driver if you are thinking of doing this.
If anyone wants to know more I'll happily answer any questions.
Hope you enjoyed your trip.

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