From the Road: Baku – Qusar

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – JRR Tolkien

For a while I have been thinking about starting a new series of posts on my blog. I already host Friday Lens Affair and Things You didn’t Know, and now the time has come for a new one!

Introducing “From the Road” series!

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

I’m a bit weird, but you all know that by now, OCD is not helping ha ha ha

I love any kind of public transportation, the weirder the better. Zemi-john in Benin, marshrutka in Kazakhstan, shared taxis somewhere in Asia.

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

You would ask why? Lets hire a private driver, who will take us from the point A to point B in more or less comfortable way, who will take care about our luggage and will speak English.

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

But this way you are missing on a lot of interactions with local people which often are the most precious memories from travels.

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

I take many pictures from the taxis, marshrutkas, tuk-tuks and any other possible form of transportation that you can think of. And maybe they are not all that beautiful and ‘set up’ as pictures from my desired destination, but they are a core, a base and the reality of the countries I visit, that is why I want to show it to you.

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

Baku – Qusar Journey

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

In today’s “From the Road” I want to show you pictures from 3h journey in marshrutka from Baku to Qusar.

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

It was very sunny, hot day I would say. 30 people all together, 6 (luckily) quiet little kids. Everybody with their belongings, including my 23kg bag.

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

One little break for a quick tea. Oh, people here love ‘cay’- tea. And not that I say you should expect to get it everywhere for free, but so far I didn’t actually paid for many.

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

Baku - Qusar - From the Road, Azerbaijan

If you share my love for From the Road pictures, email me and I will be more than happy to host your article on my site. More about Azerbaijan here. Like what you read? Love pictures from the road? Tell me about it!

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44 thoughts on “From the Road: Baku – Qusar

  1. Travel Croatia

    Beautiful county! Thank you for making it more closer for us! I went to Baku for European games last year but I didn’t feel everything from your photos. You made me close with Azerbaijan culture and habits!

    Thank you for sharing!
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  2. Great post! I honestly love these types of photos – you’re totally right, they capture the true “feeling” of the country. We often find that these are the photos we look back at the most, and the ones that always bring a smile to our face. Thanks for sharing and safe travels.
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  3. Great photos and idea for a series!
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  4. Caitlyn

    What a great idea for a post! Looks like your entertainment was definitely outside the window that day :)
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    • It always is, I love to observe the world from the bus, train, taxi, all possible public transportations :)
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  5. What a fascinating place and what wonderful photographs! You truly captured the essence of this place!
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  6. That is just the kind of travel I love. I don’t get to do it so much any more but used to explore the world like this. I’d love to take this trip. Thanks for sharing your photos.
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    • I hope to do it till end of my days this way, but who knows, maybe at some point you are tired of yet another sweaty road trip :)
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  7. Megan

    Wow. Great glimpses of real life and completely *not* what I expected. Did you buy a watermelon and add it to all your luggage?
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    • Megan believe me I love watermelons, my favourite fruits but after 3 months in the Caucasus reason you stop being so excited about them ha ha ha It maybe a little unexpected but this is kind of travel I love!
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  8. So jealous of your travels here, what a fascinating place! Love your photos too! :)

    • Emma no reason to be jealous, so put it on your bucket list to :) Azerbaijan is an amazing country!
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  9. What a great idea, Marysia! And you are so right about being ready to embrace the adventure and just take less convenient “roads” when travelling. Love your photos! On a side note: Waiting a decent hour (at least 11 am) so I can have that daily dose of wine as any serious member of Bloggers Wine Club should do.
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    • Thanks a lot, that is my thing, those kind of travels! And lets be relaxed about all those rules, you know what English say, for sure there is 11am somewhere on the world already ha ha ha :)
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  10. I love road trips and this looked like a long one but adventurous I’m sure. BTW, hope you can also join us and link up Mondays on Travel Photo Mondays, the link is up for the whole week.
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  11. What a great set of images. It really gives you a sense of the journey. At first glance at your picture of the tea, I thought it was jello! Probably a good thing that its not.
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    • I guess it is rather good it was not a jello, but why not, a tea jello can be sth to try next time!
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  12. Kadri

    Love the pictures, brings the vibration about local life. I would love to go there one day, it seems different and inviolate at the same time, and I think not very many tourists go there as well.

    • Indeed, not so many get to go there, and it is truly an amazing region, totally unspoiled! :)
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  13. Escape Hunter

    Azerbaijan is evolving rapidly. I was astonished to see the latest panoramic photos of Baku. Haven’t been yet. Perhaps you know the feeling of how it is there…
    I see they have a major melon industry :)

    • Baku was crazy, I shall write about it very very soon :) But rest of the country looks like those pictures! Very far away from evolving! It is only Baku that is all shiny and dazzling!
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  14. Oh funny.. I was just reading about Azerbaijan trying to decide if I should try to squeeze it in after my visit to Armenia. The visa requirement is kind of strict… did you have to get a hotel reservation mailed along w/ your visa application?
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    • Yes Jill I had to have hotel and flight confirmed and send it over with an online form. Even though they are quiet strict before once you are there they are super nice people :) Azerbaijan is quiet spectacular, I didn’t have time to add pictures yet as I’m on the road for one and half month and still one and half to come, currently in GeorgiA, would recommend everyone to visit Azerbaijan. It can be problematic with Armenian stamp in the passport but I have met several people who crossed the border without any problem. Katie Anue did as well.
      I can contact you with a man who can help you with visa, he is a superb man who has a guesthouse in Sheki. Let me know, he helped many tourists.
      Not me personally but I have been staying at his place as he is really helpful.
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  15. Conrad

    I love how you took those photos. And I agree. It’s like a behind the scene of a Bond movie. I’ll add Azerbadjan on my travel list.

  16. Ruben

    Hello, you should come to Armenia as well, it is an amazing place!

    • I’m actually planning on visiting Armenia after Georgia! Have heard a lot of good things! Can’t wait!

  17. No problem :) After watching the photos I want to go there so badly…
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    • Wait two days when I will load all the pictures from Azerbaijan! Not that I want to tease you! Ha ha ha It is really great here!

  18. Great photos and article! I love Caucasus region, I haven’t visited Azerbaijan yet but I definitely have to! Thanks for sharing, you’ve got an amazing blog!
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  19. Wow, I just love your shots! This seems like an awesome adventure
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    • Thanks a lot Alina, it really is! Today I’m in Kolkhoz called Ivanovka, probably the last real and still cooperating in the whole world! Ha ha ha, like Soviet times! :)
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  20. Hogga

    it looks so damn hot there hahah but very nice!
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    • Hey Hogga, it is generally quiet hot here, except the mountainous village of Laza where I spend couple of nights! But It was so beautiful that it was worth it despite the weather!
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  21. Great idea & your pics are amazing! I like the watermelon stand the most for some reason.

    p.s. I love bond movies!
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    • I love the watermelon stand as well, it is a season for them now, so sweet! :) Glad you liked the idea, hopefully people will be willing to participate!
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  22. Love your pics, so cool! Cannot believe that you are in Azerbadjan, could almost be like in a Bond movie….

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