Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Trip to the sea resort of Nabran

Already during my second weekend I got the opportunity to travel to Nabran, the sea resort in the north of Azerbaijan, close to the border with Russia and the Dagestan region.

Unless one has a car, there are several different options how to travel here. Either renting taxi (not for students :o), renting car (not for students :o), going by "public" transport - long distance marshrutka (a little bus) or one can actually rent a long distance car (sth like taxi for long distance). We selected the last option... definitely more convenient to spend 3 hours in a car than in a little bus packed with other people.

The journey was going quite slow, as the view from the car was constantly the same. Small hills or flat terrain dried by the sun on the left and the sea coastline on the right... there are only few trees around... so except for passing several villages on the way, the oil fields or old huge factory complexes, one could get excited only by the once in a while scary way of driving... overtakinig seems to be a national sport ;o).

We got to Nabran around 7 on Friday night. Nabran is pretty much a village that spreads for several kilometres. Houses, accommodation places, restaurants are along the left side of the road and the beach starts straight on the right with different beach restaurants or disco places build on it.

We were to stay in a cheaper private accommodation. One family is renting two rooms in their house, so that was better for us. And the main activities were eating, swimming if the wind was not too strong, going for walks over the beach, playing games and sleeping. Really nice and relaxing.

The sea is exceptionally clean, I was really amazed. One can be up to the waist in the water and will still see one's feet.
Another suprizing thing was the presence of the cows on the beach. I guess we are not the only ones who enjoy sun tanning... walks thus got quite adventurous when avoiding specific roundish things on the sand :o)).

On Sunday afternoon we went home, got a taxi to the closest city from where we took the "long-distance taxi" to get us to Baku.

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Blogger Amit Desai said...

What you doing in Azerbaijan?
How long you gonna be there..

P.S You can add me to your msn,


1:16 PM, July 13, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

i actually still have you in my messenger ;o)). But I will add you one more time in case as soon as I get messenger here... :o).

How is your summer going in cold Sweden?

2:15 PM, July 13, 2005  
Anonymous janca said...

Hello hello :-)
Seems like very nice trip. I truly hope that you enjoy yourself there.
PS: really missing some kitchen chat ;-)

10:33 PM, July 13, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

Yes, a nice kitchen chat would be great. And they have this excellent bakery to buy some food supplies for the long night of discussions. :o)

6:54 AM, July 14, 2005  
Anonymous janca said...

so isn't that bakery a nice cheap place for friendly breakfast? :-)

9:42 AM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger imelda said...

Wow, they have nice bakery? What's their eating style? do they have all night street vendors?

9:46 AM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger Amit Desai said...

Its extremely hot here in Sweden, its 30 degrees! Hence am not yet missing the Indian weather :)

Oh, have you added me already? Give me your msn, so I can check up
Kram, kram

9:55 AM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

Excellent thing about their shops is that they are opened till late nights and during weekends (or maybe it is a bad thing for the figure :o), especially having croissants with different fillings (including cottage cheese, poppy seeds and different kinds of jams)... so breakfast there is really a dream come true :o)))

10:35 AM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

Michal, you are right... but the thing is since you are guy you would live like a king here :o))

10:41 AM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

Amit, my msn is

I can imagine you are enjoying being in Sweden. I would not mind a rain here either. Since I came there was one rain and that lasted for 2 min (actually i missed it, did not look out of the window in that moment... only saw the lightning). :o)

10:44 AM, July 14, 2005  

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