Wandering #1 Part B: Novxani, the Shepherd, the Mosque, Lunch and the continuation of our wanderings

Novxani Travel Blog

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Novxani, Welcome

Notice how I didn’t say that we entered Saray.  I still don’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 “wait, you’ve already been in Novxani!  You took a picture of a road, and the Caspian Sea and a giant eagle statue surrounded by garbage!” If you aren’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.

Finally, we made it to the huge mosque
  It definitely turned out to be interesting.

We met a man standing in the middle of the field.  I’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 man’s accent was so different than the people in the area that I couldn’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.

We didn't get his name, but it was amazing to meet him
  He seemed to me like a very cute grandpa type character.  That experience is now in my head as one of my favorite memories.

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 mosque’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).

Amanda and the Donkey
  We ate lunch on top of a very steep slope overlooking the lake.  All we could see in the direction we were going were green, rolling hills almost completely void of anything.  There was a large house in that direction, overlooking the lake as well, but there didn’t seem to be anything going on there.

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 Amanda’s family when we dropped her off, then we went home.

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Novxani, Welcome
Novxani, Welcome
Finally, we made it to the huge mo…
Finally, we made it to the huge m…
We didnt get his name, but it was…
We didn't get his name, but it wa…
Amanda and the Donkey
Amanda and the Donkey
Everyday Novxani, in case you want…
Everyday Novxani, in case you wan…
We ate lunch overlooking the sea
We ate lunch overlooking the sea
Amanda kisses the skull
Amanda kisses the skull
These are the slopes we came down
These are the slopes we came down
Novxani
photo by: cbstevens