Day 3 The Ruins, The Orphanage and the Lake

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A second obligatory shot, this time with the mountainous background behind us. I'm in this one as well.

Early the next day we followed the instructions that the German girls (Dani and Anne) gave us and found a small bus that took us up to their village.  We followed them as they showed us where they lived and where they worked.  The village was interesting, and as many other villages in Azerbaijan as well as Georgia, it is used as a vacation area for rich people from the city.  Of course, this doesn’t help the villagers, as the rich members of the community don’t purchase food from their stores or hire them for help, viewing them as uneducated or lesser.  Because of this, it is easy to see a large distinction between the rich and the poor there.

They took us to the ruins of an old castle/tower where we could see into the borders of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Take no notice of the smudge in the middle of this picture. Cool little church, run by monks, on the way to the ruins.
  The stairs going up the face of the cliff on the way to the ruins were in complete disrepair and falling apart.  Those stairs reminded me of a ladder that took me up a cliff in Gobustan and there was even a section missing enough stairs that we had to climb around them.

It was dangerous, for sure, but certainly worth it.  The view was amazing.

After that they took us to their flat for watermelon and drinks.  They had been living there, on the third floor of an orphanage, teaching the children for a year (maybe two, I can’t remember).  The organization was difficult to work for, and a little bit corrupt (again, typical for the region), but it did provide them with a car and that evening we grabbed some food, then wine and went out to the lake.

At the lake we met up with another one of their friends and hiked up a bit to the side of the mountain to drink some wine and to enjoy watching the city as the sun set.

The only bad part about that evening was that a bug attacked me and forced me to spill wine on my nice new white hat.  It was very sad.
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A second obligatory shot, this tim…
A second obligatory shot, this ti…
Take no notice of the smudge in th…
Take no notice of the smudge in t…
The steps leading up to the ruins.
The steps leading up to the ruins.
On the way to the ruins we take an…
On the way to the ruins we take a…
Climbing up!
Climbing up!
Towards Turkey, from the ruins.
Towards Turkey, from the ruins.
The infamous castle/tower/ruins
The infamous castle/tower/ruins
Dani sitting besides the holy symb…
Dani sitting besides the holy sym…
Again, dont notice the smudge.  I…
Again, don't notice the smudge. …
At the girls flat on top of the o…
At the girls' flat on top of the …
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