Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The other side of Baku!

Stereotypes, traditions, that is sooo strong in Azerbaijan. Men in suits, polished shoes, slow walk, discussions on very important topics... nothing out of ordinary is really possible. When I did something unusual I heard so many times "eto nekrasivo" ("this is not nice").
Many times people feel like doing something (eg. sit on grass in a park) but they don't do it as someone else might see them do it. The brains are so limited by what is allowed and appropriate to do and other things simply won't work.

To give a nice example. I was passing the main street with my two Czech friends, they were both after few weeks travel around Azerbaijan, their hair shaved, but beard growing happily, old "tired" t-shirts, sweaty cause of the heat, shorts, walking boots and big bags on their backs. And the reaction of Azeris was to turn their heads, point fingers at them, laugh openly... I could not believe it... hihihi

Well and finally my point. Last few mornings I got up earlier to go for a walk to the sea and to my surprise I see there people running, sitting on benches and doing sit-ups, people walking, playing football, even with bare chest and in shorts!! I was so surprised, but very positively!
I saw even a dad to run there with his two little kids, a girl and a boy! I saw so many old men running there too! All the other young ones seem to be boxers ;o).

I guess at least in the mornings unusual things are allowed :o) cause all the important people are still asleep! :o))

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2 Comments:

Anonymous janca said...

It's very interesting. Guess that you must have troubles to keep yourself in the limits... ;-)
janca

9:46 PM, September 28, 2005  
Blogger Mart'a said...

hmmm.. :o))) just a little bit. Once in a while I have a mood to do things like I am used to and that is funny (for me ;o)) at least).

6:45 AM, September 29, 2005  

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