Ceranbatan, Azerbaijan

Ceyranbatan Travel Blog

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From Rachel's porch

I’ve been living with my host family for about a week now.  I am slowly gaining a sense of where I am and where things around me are.  The main city around here is Sumgayit, which is famous for being on the list of top 10 most polluted cities [link].  I am in Ceranbatan, which is about 20 minutes south of Sumgayit and about 45 minutes north of the outskirts of Baku.  It costs around 20 cents to get to Sumgayit from here and about 50 cents to get to Baku from here.  Luckily the house I am living in is right on the main road between the two cities, so I have quite a bit of access if I ever needed it.  It is actually very easy to get from city to city here.

This little suburb is actually very interesting.

Ceyranbatan right outside my house
  In my area there seems to be more paved road than in other places around it.  Other Peace Corps volunteers living across this main road have to trudge through mud all day long to get around.  There is a big school not too far into the community, two mosques (one Sunni and one Shi’aa), a few small markets and an internet cafй (or as they call it, an internet club).  It costs about 20 cents an hour to use one of the 5 computers there, but it takes about 20 minutes to load up gmail.  Not only does this internet cafй supply 5 computers, but there is a steady stream of teenagers there to look at and even sometimes talk to the Americans that suddenly started appearing.

Right now, I’m updating this post from a faster internet cafй in Sumgayit.

Life around here is different than I’m used to, and because of that it is very interesting.  At least in this little community (perhaps not in the entire culture), there is a very present street culture.  In the morning, afternoon and evening there is a sizeable amount of people out on the streets.  Sometimes they are going places, a lot of times the older members of the community and teenagers alike are outside just sitting.

I am getting along very well here.

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From Rachels porch
From Rachel's porch
Ceyranbatan right outside my house
Ceyranbatan right outside my house
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The school I am teaching at
The school I am teaching at
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Area around the school
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Inside of the school
Inside of the school
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Inside of the school
Inside of the school
Inside of the school
Inside of the school
Inside of the school
Inside of the school
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From Rachels porch
From Rachel's porch
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East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
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East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
East of Ceyranbatan
Ceyranbatan
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