Wandering #1 Part B: Novxani, the Shepherd, the Mosque, Lunch and the continuation of our wanderings
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Notice how I didnâ€™t say that we entered Saray. I still donâ€™t know where Saray is. However, the huge sign on the highway said that we were entering Novxani.
I bet you (the reader) are thinking â€śwait, youâ€™ve already been in Novxani! You took a picture of a road, and the Caspian Sea and a giant eagle statue surrounded by garbage!â€ť If you arenâ€™t thinking that, refer back a few blog posts and you will see that Aqua Park was in Novxani and that we stayed there for about a week.
On we went, into Novxani towards the huge mosque and possibly towards Aqua Park. En route we decided that instead of walking up the main road, it would be faster and more interesting to go cross-country over a large field, across a stream and then up the hill through side streets and passageways.
We met a man standing in the middle of the field. Iâ€™m not saying that I can understand the Azeri language 100%, but I can usually get what people are trying to say to me. This manâ€™s accent was so different than the people in the area that I couldnâ€™t understand a word he said. Neither could Chris. Fortunately he understood it when I asked if I could take a picture.
He let me take a couple of pictures, and then he hurried over to his donkey and his sheep and brought them around to meet us. Amanda got to ride the donkey and I shot a few more pictures. Chris wanted a donkey ride, but he and I are too big for the poor animal.
This was one of my favorite parts of this trip because the man was so excited to meet us and to show us what he did.
Soon we bade him farewell and headed up towards the city and the mosque.
The mosque itself was absolutely beautiful. There was an old lady tending to the plants around the edges of the large gated courtyard and the two spires set against the sun were inspiring. The area was clean, well swept and spacious. If you are paying attention to the pictures, you can judge where we are based on where the mosqueâ€™s spires are in the background.
Having seen what we came for, we left the city, making sure to grab a lunch of bread, cheese, sausage and juice while we were there (from a lady who probably had never even seen an American and was elated that we came to her shop).
It was a bit windy. It was idyllic.
The rest of the trip was uneventful. We saw some more cow skulls and a place where heavy machinery was digging something. When the road ended we slid down some slopes. We had walked around the entire lake.
After making our way back to the main road, we met with a Peace Corps volunteer who was staying with Amanda (she was there to help the trainees that week). Chris and I quickly met Amandaâ€™s family when we dropped her off, then we went home.