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Asia » Azerbaijan July 29th 2006

Naa er vi tilbake i Baku, eller tilbaku for aa si det litt enklere. Togturen var lang og varm, men vi fikk oss mange nye venner. Foerst maa vi nevne vaar nye amerikanske venn Jay, med det artige etternavnet Wacker, som vi traff i visumkoe paa den aserbajdsjanske ambassaden. Han dukket ogsaa opp i togkupeen vaar. Jay er professor i fysikk ved Stanford University i San Francisco. Ikke smaatteri, med andre ord. I nabokupeen bodde fire veldig store, veldig glade og til tider veldig kaate moldovske sigoeynerdamer. Da den georgiske grensevakten kom, dro de han like gjerne rett inn paa kupeen for aa gjoere gudene vet hva. Den georgiske tolleren ble vill av begeistring da han fant ut at Hilde bor i Tromsoe. Han kjente nemlig til TIL. Og Fredrikstad fotballag. Og Vaalerenga. Og Jostein Flo. ... read more
Laaang togtur
Liten norsk nordmann og stor moldovsk sigoeyner

Asia » Azerbaijan July 17th 2006

I gaar kveld kom Marte, saa naa er vi alle sammen klare for store eventyr i Aserbajdsjan og Georgia. I dag har vi utforsket den lille byen Qobustan (uttales Gobustan). Der finnes det to severdigheter. Foerst var vi ved en rekke gjoermevulkaner. Det er definivt turens saereste innslag saa langt. Godt ute i oerkenen laa disse gjoermepyttene, som med jevne mellomrom feis gasser saa det sprutet gjoerme paa oss. Jeg holdt nesten paa aa dette ned i en av dem. Egentlig litt synd at det ikke skjedde, for det hadde vaert en god historie... Selveste Thor Heyerdahl har vaert i Qobustan hele to ganger. Der finnes nemlig mange helleristninger. Thor har sett litt paa dem, og funnet ut at de ligner en god del paa helleristninger i Norge. Ergo, vi skandinavere maa ha vaart opphav i ... read more

Asia » Azerbaijan July 16th 2006

Fire dager har gaatt, og vi har mye aa fortelle og vise dere. Siden sist har vi hatt mye spennende paa tapeten. Paa torsdag moette vi Anne Helene, som jeg har skrevet oppgave med paa Blindern, sammen med fem andre nordmenn og fem aserbajdsjanere. De var alle frivillighetsarbeidere og arrangerte leir paa et barnehjem like utenfor Baku. Her var det rundt 100 barn, alle med fysiske eller psykiske skavanker. Godt barnetekke som vi har, stilte vi opp og var med dem en gang. Are (red. anm. armensk terrorist) brukte formiddagen til aa spille fotball med de store gutta, Hilde maatte gaa rundt og baere paa en illsint og doven liten tass ved navn Tande P., Inga maatte stille opp som fredsmegler i flere slaasskamper og jeg fikk selv overvaere en rappekonsert, fremfoert av en handikappet 11 ... read more
Sjaafoeren vaar og jeepen hans, halvveis til Xinaliq
hjemme hos Hakim i Xinaliq
Kveld i Xinaliq

Asia » Azerbaijan July 12th 2006

Turen er i gang, og denne gangen har vi bestemt oss for aa ta alle dere med paa tur gjennom Kaukasus. Vi kom til Baku i gaar kveld. Det var en opplevelse i seg selv. Vi maatte kjoepe visum, noe som ble gjort paa en noe tungvint maate. Men hva annet kan man vente seg, det er da en tidligere Sovjetrepublikk vi kom til. Med visum i passet kunne vi bare gaa gjennom passkontrollen og hente bagasjen. Alle utenom Are. Are er nemlig et armensk navn. Aserbajdsjan er i krig mot Armenia. Aserbajdsjanere liker ikke armenere. Derfor tenkte passkontrolloerene at siden Are er et armensk navn og siden Are snakker godt russisk, er han ikke en norsk turist, men en armensk terrorist. Saa klart! Men etter et kvarters ventetid kom han seg gjennom. Hotellet vaart er ... read more

Asia » Azerbaijan June 2nd 2006

Tuesday 23rd May 2006: Joel ''Ah, Baku! How long shall we spend here'' Adam ''Well, we'll get our visas sorted and then see when the ferry goes. Hopefully just a couple of days'' Joel ''Aye, hopefully just a couple of days. I don't think theres that much to see here anyway'' We arrived into Baku in the baking heat. Clear blue skies and a slight mugginess in the air. We had decided to walk to the hotel we had chosen but had gotten our bearings completely wrong and had ended up walking in the wrong direction for a good 20 minutes. Eventually, after a couple of breaks to relieve the weight of our packs which seemed particularly heavy in the morning heat, we found the hotel Canub, situated right in the centre of the town, one ... read more
Cave Drawings, Quobustan
Mud Volcanoes, Quobustan
Mud Volcanoes, Quobustan

Asia » Azerbaijan » Nagorno-Karabakh September 30th 2005

On my first weekend in Armenia, I was privileged to join a group of students from Yerevan State University on a trip to Karabagh. I am incredibly thankful to Prof. Yeranosyan for allowing me to join him and his students on this fascinating adventure. The following story is based on that trip. By 7:00 am friday morning we were ready to go. Gor and I met Constantine (Cot) and his girlfriend Tanya (Tan) downstairs and split a cab to the University. We arrived first though more students trickled in slowly, as did Yeranosan, the organizer. A school bus and micro bus pulled up, setting Yeranosyan into action. He called everyone into a circle, read off our names, and organized us onto the two busses. As Lusine is good friends with Yeranosyan, my group, Gor, me, Cot, ... read more

Asia » Azerbaijan July 21st 2005

Overnight train to Tbilisi $26 Since we had been so busy yesterday, we took things slowly this morning. We met an Australian woman staying at our hotel who had recently come from Tbilisi, and she recommended a hotel. After breakfast at the bakery down the street we left our laundry with the lady at the hotel. We only had one other sight we had wanted to see, the Fire Temple in nearby Suraxani. We went by the station again to check on the local train, but weren't able to find one, so we hopped in a cab again. Suraxani is located east of Baku, about halfway to the airport. The only attraction is the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, still in use by worshippers. The natural flames have been replaced with piped in gas these days. There were ... read more

Asia » Azerbaijan July 20th 2005

Hotel: Velotrek Hotel (Baku, Azerbaijan) $30 The plan today was to visit the petroglyphs at Qobustan, a village about 50km south of Baku. We wandered outside the hotel into the taxi melee to find someone to drive us there. The Lonely Planet book had said it was only a $20 trip, but noone would back down from $50. Most people didn't seem to know where it was we were going either. We finally chose a Saddam Hussein looking guy, who said he had been in the Afghanistan war (Russian side). He didn't speak English, but a friend of his did, so we arranged things through him via cell phone. The driver was quite excitable and was talking and waving his arms most of the trip. The drive to Qobustan took about an hour; past a beach ... read more
Qobustan petroglyphs
Qobustan Mud Volcano
Maiden's Tower, Baku

Asia » Azerbaijan July 19th 2005

Hotel: Velotrek Hotel (Baku, Azerbaijan) $30 Visa on arrival: $40 $1 USD = 4700 Azeri Manat We decided to head to the airport early this morning for our 10:30 AM flight to Baku. We hailed a cab from the hotel, but we were only able to talk him down to 1200 roubles (the books say 900 is best). This seemed a bit excessive as we were already on the road to the airport, but all 4 of us crammed into the LADA as it was raining and we didn't feel like walking to Beloruskaya station to take the metro+bus option. The flight to Baku left from SVO-2, the international terminal. There are checkin desks at both sides of the terminal; we went to the wrong side initially before finding the correct checkin desk for Baku. Once ... read more
Baku backgammon

Asia » Azerbaijan August 27th 2004

Det sidste jeg havde forestillet mig ved mit besøg i Aserbaijan var, at jeg ville komme på sporet af mine forfædre. Skandinavere, eller i hvert fald de nordiske Vikinger stammer muligvis fra Aserbaijan, fandt jeg ud af efter blot et par dage i landet… Der var ikke rigtigt noget der pegede i den retning da bussen bumpede over grænsen til Aserbaijan, hvor skiftet mellem et kristent og muslimsk land kom næsten umærkeligt. Spredte moskeer og the-saloner i stedet for barer begyndte at dukke op i de små landsbyer vi passerede, og vi så enkelte ældre kvinder med sorte tørklæder. Men ellers kunne vi lige så godt have været i Georgien - området har også tidligere tilhørt Georgien og grænsen har altid været åben. Vi var stadig i Kaukasus-bjergene og afbrød rejsen i Sheki, en af de ... read more
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