Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Coming to Azerbaijan

Finally I made it to Azerbaijan. I arrived early on Saturday morning and two friends, Anar and Jeyhun, were awaiting me at the airport. Actually one waiting at the airport, the other sleeping in the car. No wonder, 5am is quite a stupid time to arrive.

The very first time I realized that I am back in Baku was when Jeyhun started the engine, accelerated to get out of the parking lot and speeeded to Baku. I only remembered my mum's words: sit in a car only with those drivers that drive well. Well, I definitely did not obey this one. :o) ... where there were two lines for cars in one way, we would create a third one in between, when all cars stopped on Stop sign we would take advantage of it and overtake them, double line is like any other line, safe distance between two cars here means not more than a meter (feels like sitting in the back seat of the front car). Well this drive definitely woke me up. Welcome to Baku :o).

We ended up at the office of one NGO where I crashed on the sofa for some time. But very soon was up again to join a children's peacefull demonstration organized by my friends (all of them seem to be working for different YNGOs). We came to the sea boulevard, got a white T-shirt, white cap and a little flag and were demonstrating for the accomplishment of the first MDG (the day when G8 was meeting. :o)
Hihihi, what a start. To make this more clear, two week ago I passed an exam on Development studies and of course part of this studies was also to learn about the MDGs (Millenium Development Goals) and here I am already taking part in demonstration for the MDG 1: Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.

Fortunately though the demonstration did not last that long. Not that I would not enjoy walking with little kids and feel the importance, but hell... it was literally hell there... coming from nice rainy cold Prague to hot hot hot Baku, I thought I will die out of the heat on the spot.

In the afternoon we arrived at my hotel where I put all my stuff and went straight back to bed, catching up with the sleep and running away from the heat outside.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Martina from New Zealand. It was quite interesting to read your blog about your trip from the airport, sounds like your friend needs a bit of a driving lesson.

Thankfully I get my fix of speed when I drive the Police car, although we dont do much driving out at the airport, I did get to blow the cobwebs out of the patrol car a few weeks ago. I only got up to 180km/h on the motorway as there was too much traffic and the cars wouldnt get out of the way.. When you see red and blue flashing lights behind you.. move, dont make the nice policeman angry....

Anyway, I fly out to London next Friday the 15th and will be over in Europe for approx 3 months. I fly back to NZ on the 4th of October. I will try and make it back to Praha, cos as you know last time I was there your city was under water!!!

Hope all is well over where you are.. Take care


3:17 AM, July 07, 2005  
Blogger Solnitchka said...

Come on! I saw the weather forecast yesterday at Euronews. You have 30 degrees. We have some 40 in Tajikistan and my friends told me to get ready for 50 degrees. I hope they were kidding. ("We were afraid you would not come if we told you in advance")

6:57 AM, July 07, 2005  
Blogger Alma said...

Hey Martina,
I got a bit homesick of reading about Iceland! But I´ll be going there for 10 days next month, very lucky girl :)
I´m looking forward to hear your stories from Azerbaijan, good luck and please be careful!

6:32 PM, July 07, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

oh, good to hear from you all:o). I hopefully should have a regular access to the internet (and computer) from from tomorrow, so will be updating and writing and so on.

Dave I am only coming home after the middle of October :o(. What about a stop in Baku?

1:35 PM, July 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kia Ora Martina. I would be keen to catch up again, and was hoping to sample some of Praha's finest beer with you, but as you are miles away I dont think it is going to happen. I have just looked on a map to find Azerbaijan and it appears miles from anywhere. Up above Iran is it not?

I think the furtherest East I will be going will be to Latvia and Lithuania. Nothing booked yet. I am going to Dublin on my 2nd weekend in the UK, and at the end of September I am heading to Munchen for the Oktobafest.

It is such a pity you are way over there, but such is life I guess, your work is very important. Any plans to come back to New Zealand again?

Well thats all for now, I shall write again. This blog thing is quite handy isnt it.

Ka kite.


8:41 AM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

Kia ora, hihi, haven't heard that for ages now.
I am afraid it is becoming a tradition for me to be gone, when some of my friends are passing by Prague :o(. But I hope that you will enjoy the city anyways and you will see whom you meet this time :o)).

I am not planning NZ any time soon. Not really having money to fly over, unfortunately.

It is so great you will get to travel so much about Europe. But for your further information, Azerbaijan is still Europe, so maybe next time you will come :o)).

Time for sleep now :o). Hope to hear some travelling adventures (and do not forget lolly pop for your cop dog at the airport!)

9:18 PM, July 13, 2005  
Blogger Jirina said...

Hi Martina,

I´m amazed by your stories and pictures, it´s quite frustraiting to sit here back in Prague, so good that at least I have the opportunity to read your stories.. :)
I would appreciate little more basic information about Azerbaijan (hopefully I´m not the only one lost).
Anyway even it ´s on the other side of the world, many things seem to be the same in Bolivia but it ´s probably connected with the status of developing country.
Take care and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

8:38 AM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

ok, I will write some more info about azerbaijan... it is always so hard to imagine, unless one is not in the country...

2:09 PM, July 14, 2005  
Anonymous Ugur said...

Salam gozal are you dear ?delicious info about Azerbaijan . thanks :)

6:06 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Mart'a said...

:o), thank you... wrote just what I thought and felt.

9:44 AM, March 28, 2006  

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