Today was Not Too Bad

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Old and new Baku
It is kind of nice to have the next 24 hours off from working, although tomorrow I will be photographing another Azerbaijani wedding.  The weather is currently trying to make up its mind.  For a few hours it will be raining and crappy, then it will be sunny and nice, and then windy and chilly.  I am hoping for nice weather tomorrow for the wedding. 

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.
About as close as you will get to actual public female nudity in all of Azerbaijan.
   So far no takers.  I have been asked to photograph the event, hopefully I will do a good job.

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.
Everybody wants their picture taken...


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.
...even the cats
 

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.
boxinbcn says:
Good luck with the Aptek Lady!! Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted on: Nov 21, 2007
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Old and new Baku
Old and new Baku
About as close as you will get to …
About as close as you will get to…
Everybody wants their picture take…
Everybody wants their picture tak…
...even the cats
...even the cats
The church
The church
The arched roadway.
The arched roadway.
Close-up of the hanging sign.
Close-up of the hanging sign.
Another face on the building.
Another face on the building.
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