Lasers in the sky over Baku
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May 20th, 2008 – by: mickeyd302
I was kind of wondering what in the world was going on with the laser show. Maybe, Azerbaijan is trying to signal some aliens to let them know we are here? Maybe some of the ministers got totally wasted, listened to some Floyd and order that the laser put on a show? Maybe there was some top secret training exercise that someone thought that they would fool everyone by making everyone thinking it wasn't top secret by exposing it but by exposing it no would think it was top secret so by exposing it the confidentiality of the matter was guaranteed? (God, that even confused me.) I have a feeling it might be something lame or it might be a practice run for some bigger celebration. Still, I have a suddent urge to listen to the Wall.
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May 20th, 2008 – by: mickeyd302
There always seems to be a massive amount of construction taking place within the city of Baku. My apartment building is no exception, but recently the construction has moved to the apartment directly above me. The problem is the guy doing the work does not know when to stop hammering and when to stop using his power-tools. As of late, i have hearing both from 10am until 10pm. i really wish I would have learned such phrases as "You are giving me a headache, please stop" and "You are making too much noise, stop now" and "Do not make me kill you." As of late, all i can do is ring the doorbell and point to the equipment and then to my head, the guy says something in Azeri and i respond in English.
I am a little amazed that my neighbors are not complaining to him like they did to me when my water pump was making a bunch of noise recently. I have a switch in the bathroom I have to turn on to start the water pump and usually have to turn on the switch to get any water to shower or wash clothes. Last week it started making some noise and i had neighbors knocking on my door and complaining constantly about the noise even when I had it turn on for only a few minutes to take a shower. It amazes me that the guy upstairs can beat on the walls so hard all day that I feel like I am inside of Neil Peart's bass drum and no one but me complains, but if my water pump makes a little some of my neighbors will not leave me alone.
Fun with ESL Students
One of my many jobs here is working with the doctors of the Azerbaijan Medical University. I like it because I am not working with just Azerbaijani students, but i also have students from Georgia, Pakistan and Iran. I have two groups, one advance and one intermediate. In the advanced group we spend more time working on medical communication, while the intermediate group, i am working on just improving their general English abilities. Today I had the intermediate group. Towards the end of class, we were playing this game where one student says a word and the next student must come up with a word that begins with ending of the last word. So, if the first student said "cat", the next might say "toy" and so on.
Shortly afterwards, she realized her mistake because everyone was laughing. Good thing that she has a good sense of humor.
My Favorite Buildings in Baku
I just thought it would be interesting for some people to see my favorite buildings here. I will be leaving Azerbaijan in a few months and I am trying to see everything that I have wanted to see here for the past two years and have never had the chance due to work.
City Hall is a few blocks away from my apartment. When I go out the door to leave, i can see its steeple. I always liked this building because it gave Azerbaijan a certain European feel.
I have been by this place a million times and have never stepped inside. It is down the street from City Hall and Baku Soviet Metro. I always like the way it looks at night. Yes, it is home to the Baku Philharmonic
On the same street as City Hall and the Philharmonia but in the opposite direction of those two is this gem. It is probably my favorite building here. It just looks cool. The one problem is the street that runs by it is crowded and narrow, so trying to get a decent photo without a wide angle is next to impossible.
Further down the road is the Government House. I keep meaning to spend some evening with camera and tripod getting photos of this place at night. It is looks incredible lit up.
The Palace of Happiness
The name conjures visions of unicorns, rainbows, puppy dogs, and the Sun smiling and shaking hands with everyone. It is actually the big wedding chapel here, but it is an 18th century Gothic church which looks incredible in the evenings. It looks like one of those places you might find as the location of some of the classic British Hammar horror films -- a place where pagan cults sacrificed virgins. Being a wedding chapel it is not too far from the truth. Unfortunately, it along with several other buildings are currently being restored so it is hidden underneath this massive cloth which shows how it will look when it is done. I am hoping that everything will be done by the time I leave August 1.