Today was Not Too Bad
Baku Travel Blog› entry 56 of 119 › view all entries
November 17th, 2007 – by: mickeyd302
Today I led a workshop on behavior interventions for AzETA. I am sure that if you wanted to read about behavior interventions you would find a blog on another website to read about it, I will not bore you with the details here. Anyway, AzETA is sponsoring a charity concert next week featuring a popular Azeri pop singer by the name of Lula Mammadova. I bought two tickets for it just in case someone wanted to go with me to the concert.
On the way home, I stopped by some bookstores in search of textbooks. In one I found a nice small map of Baku. It seemed perfect because I do not want to haul out a big map of Baku everytime I get lost. when i went to buy it, the lady at the counter insisted on 5 Manats for the price. I asked for the real price and she insisted on 5 Manats. I walked off. It is getting to the point now to where some merchants even when overcharging a foreigner will still refuse to lower their price because the next foreigner that will come in will actually pay that price.
I made it home and just got the urge to take my camera and take some photos to get warmed up a little for tomorrow. The first photo is of a shack (Old Baku) with a major tower being built behind it (new Baku), this is the present day Baku. There is a building close to where I live that was built in the late 1800s, early 1900s. While the building itself is in need of major repairs, I am always fascinated with the faces on the building. I do not know the technical name of this style of structure, but it always makes me think of Charles Dickens when I see these human and animal faces. While taking these photos, some construction workers started yelling at me, so i took some photos of them. Then a cat started meowing at me, so i assumed it wanted its photo taken as well.
I ventured close to Fountain Square but followed the pathway that I take to my job with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Along the way is an old church. I past by it all of the time but have never stopped to really look at it. It is located on a narrow road which really made me wish i wsould have invested in a nice wide angle lens. From there I walked to some arched roadways. I do not know why I am fascinated with these structures as well, maybe it is because I have not really seen too many of them in the USA. I really like the hanging metal sign from one of them. From there I went to the underground bazaar (review coming soon) and had some fun talking with some people from Russia checking out the merchants there.
From the bazaar, I stopped by my favorite Aptek (pharmacy) to get some cough drops before making it home. It is my favorite Aptek because there is a really cute woman there who always smiles at me. I do not know if she is smiling because she likes me or if she is smiling because she thinks I am funny looking. Right now, I am think it is the former. I might have to see if she wants to go to the concert.
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