Hello there! As I promised - the virtual photo tour to Azerbaijan is here! Here you will see places, faces, get a glimpse of the local culture, the nature, food and many more. I took some of the pictures with my camera, while others (no of of the best quality) with my phone. Some pictures took a few minutes to take, with really little preparation, while others took even shorter - seconds - as we flew by in our car. This is only Part I of the photo tour. Stay tuned for more. Meanwhile, enjoy!
Very first photo: “Bucket market” in the village of Vendam in the region of Gebele. All fresh! All good!
Tendir (tandoori) baked bread we enjoyed in the open air in the Guba region.
A beautiful view to a village in the Aghsu region.
Filled flatbreads, gutabs, made in Corat (read Jorat) village not far from capital Baku. The most prized Corat gutabi is made with camel meat. Hot from the oven. Sprinkle sumac on top and you will come back here again and again.
Boys having fun watering the trees and flowers in our Baku backyard.
Our black mublerry tree in Baku gave us some fruits. These mulberries are delicious beyond words! Juicy and sweet. Dangerous too - they leave stains on your face and cloths if you don’t handle them with care.
On the way to the region of Guba. Those boys you spot in the distance sell fresh baby hazelnuts - pricy but good. Our wallets were emptied.
After 3 years, I am finally back in Azerbaijan. I’ve been here for about a month already, staying in Baku with my family. The first couple of weeks were spent on a jetlag recovery, then I resumed my work on the book design and all things book related. Most of the time during the day I work on the book. Have seen a few of my friends (there are still at least 30 people to see!) so far, most of my relatives and have travelled to a few places outside of Baku. What can I say? Baku, my birthplace, has changed a lot since I came here last in 2010. Lots of construction going on.
I personally prefer being in the countryside in the summer as it is hot hot in Baku. The Azerbaijani countryside, especially the regions along the Caucasus Mountains - is a paradise. I will take you to a few places there through the pictures in my next blog post. While I sort out a zillion pictures in search of the best for you, have a very happy summer, friends! See you soon!