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Was anyone in Azerbaijan lately?

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1. Posted by Claudio (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y

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Hi, I'm going there next july and would like to get some inside stuff/advises from someone having beeing there lately.
Thanks a lot

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 13y

Hi recupero,

I was there for a few days about 4 years ago and thought it a fabulously beautiful place. I was visiting people there and was driven around a fair bit, so couldn't really say what is the best way to get around, etc..

We were driving an old lada ambulance and the suspension was terrible, ok on the decent roads, but a real pain in the butt on the bumpy tracks! It broke down once in a little village in seemingly the middle of nowhere, but surprisingly only took a few hours to fix. Supposedly everyone is very versed in the workings of ladas and there are spare parts everywhere!

I do remember a very crowded bus trip as well (which is quite normal I am to understand)- the music was loud the whole way and there wasn't really enough headroom :) Quite an experience.

The food was the most memorable part for me. Everywhere we went it seemed rather easy to get a grand feast with beautiful kebab meat and plates full of fresh herbs.

The mountain regions are beautiful, but border on hotspot Chechnya and so you would be wise to have someone with you who knows the area if you plan on travelling there. I don't believe that has changed any for the better since I was there. When I visited visas weren't required beforehand. Instead they took our passports off us when we arrived and we had to go into town to an official building (can't exactly remember what type) where we had to pick them up a couple of days later! Very stressful as you can imagine, as no traveller likes to be without their passport, but it all worked out alright!

Let me know how you go. What kind of travels are you embarking on?

Peter

3. Posted by Claudio (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y

Hi Peter,
Thanks for your answer. Actually, my name is Claudio.
I have no fix plans on where to go and what to do during those... 14 days (short time isn't it?). I'll fly from Geneva to Baku and then... Actually, I have 2 very general options:
1) Caspian to Black Sea thru Georgia;
2) 10 days aboard a ship on the Caspian (photos + article "Caviar, Petrol & Co" on its way).
But anything else might also happen. If the cruise doesn't work out ok, I'll hang around a few days in Baku and then decide...
As I'll travel alone from home, I'm very much conscious of having to find "someones" onsite to journey with, depending on my projetcs. Anyway, I'm not to bad in finding people...
Any person you would recommend to me: reasonably honnest and a dozen of english words would be fair enough (your ambulance driver for instance)?
Where did you go
Visa procedure still works the same way...
Bye now.
Claudio

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 13y

Hi Claudio,

Sounds like a great trip you have ahead of you. It will be interesting whichever option you choose.. If you can find a way to get to the caucasus, I can recommend it as it was spectacular scenery, certainly the finest mountain scenery I've ever seen. The ride in the ex-ambulance was to the Caucasus area (sorry, can't remember the town's names). The people we were travelling with were foreigners working in the area and I don't know whether they're there still even.

It may be tricky finding someone you can trust to take you into the mountains area. I certainly wouldn't want to go with a complete stranger! Sorry I can't really help much in that area.

One of the most memorable scenes was when we were driving from the airport to where we were staying - there are some amazingly grimy looking oil fields along the way, I was told the oldest in the world..

Good luck with your plans. Looking forward to your article :)

Peter