In a Highland Village

Lahic, Azerbaijan August 23, 2019 The tiny village of Lahic in the Ishmaili province of Azerbaijan is a tranquil haven away from the busyness of Baku. Weekends see a large number of domestic tourists flocking to it for a day tour. The main square and the narrow main street transform into a hive of activity, … More In a Highland Village

Back in Baku

Baku, Azerbaijan August 18, 2019 Tourism in Baku seemed to have taken off in tremendous leaps since I was here just a year ago. Icherisheher or the old city is besieged with tourists, both individual as well as large tour groups armed with selfie sticks. The pedestrianized area with its glitzy shops, see a constant … More Back in Baku

My Dom, You Dom

Kish, Azerbaijan Jun 18, 2018 “Bir kilo, bir manat” she said, pointing to the tomatoes in her bulging shopping bag. “Chok fazla yok? I asked butchering Turkish in what has become the norm for me these past weeks. “Bu yaksha?” I continued, asking if this was a good price. “Bale, bale” she replied, but she … More My Dom, You Dom

Sights of Sheki

Sheki, Azerbaijan Jun 16, 2018 Sheki’s modern life began with Haji Chalabi Khan’s revolt against the Safavid Empire in the eighteenth century. It was here that he built his fort, palaces and numerous other buildings and it continued as the capital of the khanate for a couple of generations. A flourishing town, grown rich with … More Sights of Sheki

Graffiti of Qobustan

Qobustan, Azerbaijan Jun 9, 2018 Some forty kilometers southwest of Baku is a desolate place called Qobustan. Oil oozes from the soil in dark splotches and methane gas emerging through vents makes the mud “bubble”, forming what are called mud volcanoes. But Qobustan has another more important claim to fame. Across a flat plain from … More Graffiti of Qobustan

Facets of Baku

Baku, Azerbaijan Jun 7, 2018 Coming from Tbilisi to Baku, the strange mix of graceful buildings in the architectural style of nineteenth century, mixed in with ultra-modern chrome and glass in bizarre shapes, makes it feel like a different planet. The area near the Old Town has been spruced up to within an inch of … More Facets of Baku