Azerbaijan – Interesting Facts


Ok, here we come! The next one from Things You didn’t Know Series is Azerbaijan Interesting Facts.

There are many facts like obsession with tea drinking. A weird system of buying sim cards and many many others which most probably could make a list grow up to 20 Things but those are the ones that stuck in my memory the most.

I loved Azerbaijan. It is a truly spectacular country. I will try to show it to you in upcoming posts how beautiful this place is and how amazing people are but now let’s talk about all those weird, quirky and plain funny facts!

Maybe not all of those pictures are National Geographic standards but they are real examples from the road.

Azerbaijan Info/ Azerbaijan Interesting Facts

Azerbaijan flag

Azerbaijan Capital: Baku

Azerbaijan Currency: Azerbaijani Manat AZN

Azerbaijan Language: Azeri, Russian

Azerbaijan Population: 9,76 million

Azerbaijan Religion: Shia Islam, Sunni Islam and Christian minorities

Azerbaijan Flag: A horizontal tricolour of blue, red, and green, with a white crescent and an eight-pointed star centred on a red band. Adopted on the 9th of November, 1918 and readopted on the 5th of February, 1991.

The sky blue symbolizes Turkic multinationalism, the red is for the progress to establish a modern state and the development of democracy, and green shows the nation’s relation to the Muslim world. In the middle of the flag, and appearing on both front and back, are a white crescent and an eight-pointed star.

While the crescent and star are typically seen as markers of Islam, some historians and researchers disagree about why an eight-pointed star is used on the flag of Azerbaijan. They say it either stands for 8 letters of the world ‘Azerbaijan” in Arabic or for the eight Turkic people groups of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan Map/ Where is Azerbaijan located?
azerbaijan map

Azerbaijan is located in the Caucasus region on the Asian continent. It shares land borders with 5 countries: Turkey, Russia, Iran, Armenia, Georgia. And is located on the Caspian Sea.

Many people ask: is Azerbaijan in Europe? If you ‘Google’ list of European countries Azerbaijan is included, but as I mentioned before it is located on the Asian continent.

The country is a member of European Council, Eastern Partnership Program of NATO.

Linguistically Azerbaijani language is not Indo-European. Alphabetically can be considered European as Azeri people use the Latin alphabet.

Azerbaijan Interesting Facts

1. Lada Land

Azerbaijan is a country of Lada and that is my favourite among Azerbaijan interesting facts! You know I love Lada, specifically the old models. I love everything that has to do with transport and public transport. I know I’m weird!

I’m not sure if it is some kind of sentiment for Soviet Union times but I find Lada quirky and so so cool! I have always been aesthetically attracted to Soviet cars for their simplicity and retro quality and as symbols of a bygone era and way of life.

So Azerbaijan was like Lada Heaven for me. There were Ladas everywhere. In all colours and shapes. Azerbaijan is in a top 5 of Lada importers, so you can only imagine how many Ladas they have there.

Generally, the country is a Soviet car heaven, as you can see a lot of Zhigulis, Moskviches and Volgas, but except some KGB Volgas, Lada was always my favourite.

Azerbaijan is heaven for Soviet car lovers #ladaloveClick To Tweet

Lada in the mountains, Azerbaijan

2. Selfies Issue

Azerbaijani people love taking pictures of themselves and love when you take pictures of them, especially men! Believe me, capital of Azerbaijan – Baku is one shooting scene.

I went for a boat trip to watch Baku waterfront from the sea, but I was the only person looking at the cityscape! Locals were too busy with their cameras to pay attention! And that applies to everyone, at any time and situation! I actually should do a separated post with all those photographies.

Land of selfies should be on the bucket list of all selfie lovers hahaClick To Tweet

Kids, Azerbaijan

3. Yuma Signs (funny only for Polish people)

This one among Azerbaijan interesting facts may be only funny for Polish people I’m afraid. So in Poland, a long time ago some small time crocks were going to Germany for Yuma, meaning they went there to steal cars!

Yes, we are not particularly proud of it but used to German people were quite scared of coming to Poland with their cars and I’m not surprised about that. Luckily those times are long gone and Poland is doing super great at the moment.

So when I saw this sign for the first time I have burst with a laugh! I was like: what?! You have road signs showing you where your car can be stolen?! But being serious, I have found out later that it means car wash but still funny, very funny for me.

Yuma signs everywhere. #jokeonlyforpolishpeopleClick To Tweet

Auto Yuma, Azerbaijan

4. Last kolkhoz on Earth?

Have you ever heard about ‘kolkhoz’? Yes, it is a collective farm from Soviet Union times. And you can visit one in Azerbaijan!

Yes, it is still working and applying all the rules of the collective community. Meaning that all the people work for the same salary. There is not private property, they share what they produce etc

Not only it is super interesting and quirky but the place itself and the area are super beautiful. Ivanovka is definitely a place not to miss.

Last existing kolhoz on Earth? That is pretty something!Click To Tweet

Ivanovka, Azerbaijan

5. Beautiful contra real?

People in Azerbaijan are genuinely surprised when you are trying to take pictures of something ugly, unfinished or poor. Seriously they can’t understand why don’t you shoot nice and shiny new government buildings?!

So I have been taking pictures of those chickens in the metal box and a very nice older gentleman asked me why?! I told him that I have enough of the nice and shiny constructions in Europe and that I’m looking for genuine and quirky.

Either he thought I mixed up some words in my poor Russian or that I’m just weird.

Beautiful versus real...main struggle of Azerbaijan. #quirksofazeripeopleClick To Tweet

Chickens, Azerbaijan

6. Photography Issue

Generally, Azerbaijan has a ‘photo issue’. They seem to struggle with deciding what is permitted to be photographed and what not. Oil fields are a NO, actually a big NO NO.

Policeman and anything to do with Police such as cars, buildings and even traffic police is not a good idea. Can’t count how many times, some obsessed policeman called me to check if I didn’t take a picture of him only if I lifted my camera in 100m circle around him.

And I’m not a suspicious person or a fan of conspiracy theories but why a ‘Man of Right and Law’ is so afraid that I will photograph him? I understand that mafia boss could get quite upset about such thing but policeman?!

Oh, I have some good idea! Maybe because he is slacking off the whole day and afraid that one day his boss will see it on Facebook?

A strict list of things that can't be photograph is way too long in Azerbaijan. #nonophotosClick To Tweet

Road Police, Azerbaijan

7. Land of Fire

Azerbaijan is called a ‘Land of Fire’. There are different explanations, and I actually find them all connected to each other. Zoroastrianism is a religion in which Fire Temples are the most important places of worship.

It is said that Zoroastrianism which was predominant religion of Iran before Islam actually has it is origins in Azerbaijan (used to part of Persian Empire). Azerbaijan is a Persian name and actually mean ‘protector of fire’.

But why fire? Maybe because gas is plentiful here. So plentiful that there are places where a natural gas fire blazes continuously for ages! Yes, I’m serious, look up Yanar Dag.

Azerbaijan is a Land of Fire, both in ancient times and currently. #landoffireClick To Tweet

Fire Temple, Azerbaijan

8. Oil? Oh, oil! We have plenty of that!

Ok, so now you know that Azerbaijan is very rich in gas, but it is even richer in oil. Now you think, some countries are just too lucky? Right?! You know Nobel brothers? They actually set up their Nobel Brothers Petroleum Company in Baku. They acquired the majority of their wealth in Azerbaijan!

Oil is omnipresent here. #oilfactsClick To Tweet

Benzine, Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Interesting Facts

9. Littering Issue

People litter to such extension that it is terrifying. On my ride from Qax to Zaqatala, about 7 teenage boys throw their fizzy drink bottles through the window.

Almost everyone does the same and when you mention it is not ok, they answer that there are people who will clean it up.

When I have said a couple of times that except Baku I have never seen anybody cleaning the streets they say that it will be taken care off when President will come to the region.

Seriously?! I doubt.

Azerbaijan is a beautiful country but everywhere you drive, sides of the road exhibit only rubbish! It is very sad!

And please note, I’m not trying to pick up on Azerbaijan, the whole region of Caucasus is facing this huge problem. That is why I’m putting a picture of the plastic bottle on the grass instead of a dog laying in the garbage.

I really loved Azerbaijan but this is something that really shocked me!

Littering is a huge problem of Azerbaijan. #badfactsClick To Tweet

Plastic Bottle, Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Interesting Facts

10. Watermelon Land

Azerbaycan is a country of watermelons, that goes without saying. But there is something very specific about the way how you should eat watermelon there. Always with a white cheese and bread! Yes, I really meant to write white cheese and bread…

If you ask me what is Azerbaijan famous for or what is Azerbaijan known for I think I would say for eating watermelon with cottage cheese :) Of course, there is a lot of facts about Azerbaijan, its culture and heritage that Azeri people should be proud of it but that is just my quirky choice.

Watermelon with white cottage cheese is how you should eat watermelon always! #yummyClick To Tweet

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103 thoughts on “Azerbaijan – Interesting Facts

  1. narmin

    Dear Marysia,

    Thanks a lot for the post. I am from Azerbaijan and loved your approach and photos, especially the photo of the boys. What a pose from that handsome guy! :D

    The littering issue is the pain of my life! It is so much better now because the young generation is aware of the problem and tries to educate others as well. I think if those people are fined for littering, the problem will be solved once and for all! :)

    The stuff with police… Well, I hope that the Soviet mentality will one day leave us alone and Azerbaijan will be a happy place not only to visit but also to live in.

    And just a quick reminder, Azerbaijan has never ever been a part of Persia. Its territory just got divided between Russia and Persia in 1828.

    Thanks! :)

    • Hello,

      Thank you for stopping by and reading and leaving such a kind comment, all countries have problems and we the citizens are trying our best to fix them.

      I have to disagree with you on one subject. Azerbaijan was a part of the Safavid Persian Empire during the 15th–18th centuries. It also underwent a brief period of feudal fragmentation in the mid-18th to early 19th centuries, and consisted of independent khanates. Trust me I do my research before stating something on my blog. I try to educate myself as much as I can once I’m visiting the place and after, you are a first person who seems not to agree with that piece of information.

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  2. Machelle

    Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after reading through some of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I found it.

  3. Elmo

    Love this post!

  4. Really great post and interesting about the photography issues! As long as main things such as beautiful architecture, landmarks and nice cultural things can be photographs then that’s good! :)

    I like the selfie thing that is so cool! Reminds me a bit of India actually where people love to have photographs taken of them with me (the white guy).

    And shame about the littering issue. I saw big issues like this in India also where people would just throw stuff out of the train windows into the beautiful landscape.

    • Mike thanks for stopping by and indeed India have very similar problems just the scale is much bigger. As for pictures of places, you can take pictures of almost everything without bigger problems and hey in our current world it seems like majority of people love to take pictures of themselves :)
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  5. Joseph Moran

    Nice post…I just love reading it…All the best for Visa :-)

  6. Misko

    Lada is the best off road car ever, we have them as well in Croatia!
    Lada rules!!!!

  7. Noah

    Hey, great list! At first whole Balkan is similar, but when you look closer they differ greatly. I have noticed that with Eastern Europe countries:) By the way, how long does it take to get visa? I thought it’s rather easy, but now I’ve seen that people have to wait quite long. And is it better to get trough an agency? Last year we’ve been to St. Petersburg and Travel all Russia agency got everything sorted with visa’s, but I thought Russians are more cautious and tend to delay that matter. So how should I approach it with Azerbaijan?

    • You know Noah that Azerbaijan is not really Balkans :) But yes visa is quiet difficult those days, it is better to use agency, as for example embassy in my country was not allowing walk ins, only via agency, I guess that is their system to make even more money from the visa services.
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  8. Marie

    I really like your article. You mentioned things I wouldn’t have thought of Azerbaijan. And honestly, I never thought it was a country you could actually visit :-D I love the thing with the watermelon. Seems a bit weird with bread and cheese, but I guess it’s just a thing you have to get used to :D
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    • Marie Azerbaijan was amazing, my favourite from the Caucasus so far, and believe me the watermelon with cheese and bred is a heavenly mix!
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    • teen post

      what is strange with cheese there is other strange things european people do that is strange for us.
      so dont talk like this
      u cant say stuff like this to our country

      • Nazrin obviously you didn’t read my post well, I said I loved watermelon with cheese and bred so not sure hat are you talking about?! I do not talk like this about what? I have said only great things about Azerbaijan, I loved this place! You know sometimes it helps to read before commenting!
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      • Jamila

        I agree so much! Aren’t Europeans strange too??

        • Of course, in many different levels, I do not mean Azeri are strange, it was just something unusual, different, that is why I paid attention to those details. When I travelled in Azerbaijan there were a lot of similarities with my own culture and country, but this article is about the quirky things which I have found interesting.
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      • foo bar

        You are such a butthurt person . I am also from Azerbaijan , and i liked her post. She did not say anything negative at all , but even she said , you had to learn to accept crititcism sometimes.

    • Sara

      I’m an azeri and I don’t eat watermelon with cheese and bread :) Most people do but not everyone.

      • Sara that is what I meant, of course there are always some exceptions from the rule, I found it really unusual but as I said I really like it :)
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  10. Nidia

    I think in all the countries we don’t like to show pictures of the ugly places. I am from Mexico and I really hate when Press or other people show pictures of the bad things happening here, because most of the time people tend to think that it is all that our country has.
    Talking about Azerbaijan, I really love the country and the people. I agree with you and the people is very nice. I like the combination they have in Baku, ancient places and the super modern places right next to each other. People should know more about this amazing country. And the government should invest more in the small towns, not just in Baku, so all the population can enjoy the economic development of the country.

    • Nidia I didn’t mean to show any horrible things, I didn’t really any. I saw some bad things, which I mention in my article but overall I loved my time in Azerbaijan. This man who was surprised I was taking picture of the chickens instead of modern building, I do not think that picture of the chickens can be a bad press for Azerbaijan :)

      And I totally agree with you that government should invest more outside of Baku! Life is really hard and often very poor outside of the capital city.
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      • Nidia

        Yes, I got you since the begining :) I also think that is cool taking pictures of everything! It was just my concern about the pictures that people show about a country to all the world. But I think your blog is very good and you are so lucky to be able to travel to all those cities :D

  11. Arzu

    Dear Marysia,

    Thank you for the post. I am originally from Baku, Azerbaijan although both of my parents come from North- Zaqatala which you mention is where my dad was from.

    It is indeed a lovely country if it wasn’t for the abuse of the human rights activists and the violations of freedom of speech. It is sad that a country with so much potential is wasting it by putting innocent people in jail.

    You know why the police officer checked frantically your camera? Because Azerbaijani police is notorious for is reputation in taking bribes. They do it anytime, anywhere they can. And it isn’t just them. The whole country is run on monopolistic family ties who are close to the government and you can even get your university diploma by paying a bribe.

    As for the man who asked you to take picture of nice buildings- that is also not surprising. Because they don’t want to show “bad” parts of the city. Its always about the glamor and the new when it comes to Azerbaijan. And I am glad you saw the countryside because nowhere in Azerbaijan is as developed as Baku- thats where all the money goes.

    Anyway, I just thought I share my thoughts and also thank you for reminding me of funny facts about my home.

    • Hey Arzu, I’m very glad that so many Azeri are reading this article. And thanks for stopping by.

      As for loving the new and the glamour, I have noticed that straight away but I took it is something amusing rather.

      As for the politics and the people in power in Azerbaijan I understand your pain, it was terrible how Baku looks like Dubai and the rest of the country really struggle. But I must tell you, people in your country where so nice to me, they treated me like a family, I experienced a lot of good from Azeri, great people!

      As for the bribes, believe me, in Poland we were there as well, it is Soviet Union mentality unfortunately! We can only hope that it will change sooner than later!
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  12. Azer Baghirov

    Hi from Azerbaijan :) Thank You Marysia for that nice article. Hope you will write new article because there are more things to mention. As you saw Baku is modern city but not others. And you saw North part has great nature. And our people are really hospitable. Good luck :)

    • Azer there won’t be more ‘Things You didn’t Know’ about Azerbaijan but there will be more articles about your country for sure! I love my stay there and yes people are super nice!
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  13. Betty

    Nice post, I had no idea that such country as Azerbaijan even existed before I red your article…

  14. Daniel

    Thanks for the amazing post. This is an awesome place.

  15. Ulker

    Azerbaijan is my motherland. I love my country with all its beauty and disadvantages. My native city is Baku. There are many things to be discovered in Azerbaijan. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Azerbaijan

  16. Lisa - Wee Wanders

    I visited Azerbaijan back in 2010 and found it really interesting but still learned loads form your articles…I didn’t know about the selfies!
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    • Hey Lisa, yes, Azerbaijan is quiet an amazing country! Glad you still found something interesting in this post!
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  17. Esta

    I definitely didn’t know those things haha

  18. Syd

    I actually knew nothing about Azerbaijan (including how to spell it), so this was great. I still don’t know where it is, so I think I’m going to go consult a map…. #shameful
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  19. The Guy

    What a great set of facts. I didn’t realise Lada cars lasted that long, well maybe not if they go to that car wash? ;-)

    The littering issue would be a big problem for me too. Such a lazy and disrespectful attitude litterers have.

    As for photos of police and certain buildings/sites, this reminds me of my time in Saudi Arabia. Many buildings were off limits for photography, particularly government buildings. You’d see a good looking building but not know what it was for, so to be safe don’t take a picture. Secret police were everywhere.

    • Oh Lada, especially old Ladas produced about 20-30 years ago they are unbreakable! Ha ha ha Azerbaijan is a unique country but I loved it the most from whole my Caucasus Trip :)
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  20. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    This is such a fascinating read! I actually know nothing about Azerbaijan and it is a part of the world I have been so intrigued about so it’s great to get an insight about life there. Found it interesting to read about what can and can’t be photographed – definitely a useful tip for anyone planning to visit!

    • Azerbaijan was an amazing adventure, it is very much my style when it comes to travelling :) There will be more articles about this country coming soon so stay tuned!
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  21. Hannah Wasielewski

    Wow, I never knew anything about Azerbaijan before this! Very interesting post, people should travel to lesser known destinations more often!
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  22. Sarah

    I definitely learned something here. The most important lesson being: I should visit Azerbaijan!

  23. SJ

    I knew NONE of those things, and the fact they eat watermelon with white cheese and bread is something very unusual. I’ll give that a try this watermelon season here.

  24. Charli

    Why on earth can you take a photo of an oil field or a policeman!! How strange! I love the carving on the watermelon, very artistic!

  25. Marilyn Jones

    What a great post! I loved the photo of the little boys, and no photos of policemen…curious!!

    • The little boys were amazing, I have spend like a week with them and their family, such wonderful and genuine people!
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  26. Interesting post, as I really had no idea about any of this! I love watermelon, and I love cheese… but together? Not sure I’d like that!

  27. I seriously enjoy a lot your Things you didn’t know series. Always something to learn in a very entertaining way. Anyway, your Yuma story reminded me of a joke they had here in Croatia about the similar issue with the neighboring country. Back in 90s, people joked that the tourist slogan for the country should be “Come to [COUNTRY], your car is already there”. Cannot believe that they still have an operational kolkhoz. Would come just to see that :).

    • I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying it Frank! And those kind of jokes where quiet common in Poland as well ha ha ha Luckily those time are behind us and Poland is really growing to be superb country! :)
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  28. So many things I didn’t know! Especially about it being called land of fire. Thanks for sharing all these cool facts!

    • Land of fire is a very very ancient name of Azerbaijan!

  29. The main reason I would fall in love with this country is the fact that locals love to take selfies LOL! It’s so much like China, no joke :).

  30. Megan

    Interesting – I don’t know if I could stomache watermelon and cheese :S!! And glad to know it’s not just our culture obsessed with selfies lol that makes me feel a little better that it’s a world-wide phenomenon!!

  31. Interesting post and lovely pictures, Marysia! Azerbaijan is a fascinating country even if a bit weird ;) What you said about Ladas is true but we also found them in Georgia and Armenia, and they were our most common means of transport while hitchhiking!

    • You are right Armenia and Georgia is full of Ladas as well, but somehow I think there was more of them in Azerbaijan, you know old but atke care, with cool colours and tuned! Azeri were really into them! Of course you get a lot of new cars as well…
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  32. Rana

    It was very nice !
    and one thing I want to add is that we eat watermelon with bread and cheese as supper :)

    • Only, I have been offered many times in afternoon ;)

  33. Amber

    I’ve never really known much about Azerbaijan at all, nor thought of going there, to be honest. But these pictures are amazing, and I really didn’t know any of these 10 amazing things… I’d love to go experience it myself! Thanks for a really interesting post!

    • Oh you should really go Girl :)

  34. Shaun


    It’s funny about taking pictures. I feel so touristy when I do it, but might not feel as bad doing it in Azerbaijan. Really, the whole Caucasus region is fascinating. I had no idea it shared history with Persia or that there was a modern religion based on/or connected to fire.

    Thanks Marysia!
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    • Shaun Iran and Azerbaijan are very connected when it comes to people, culture, traditions and religion. Azerbaijan used to be a part of Persia and big part of Northern Iran is populated by Azeri people!
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  35. I have never been to Azerbaijan, and I know this country basically through the stories of Garry Kasparov. He was my idol when I was a kid and half-pro chess player, and I find him a very interesting person, so I read many books about and from him, that’s where I read about Baku and other places in Azerbaijan. I really liked your post, not many people write about this country!
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    • If you liked this one, wait for the erst of the posts Gabor!
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    • narmin

      Dear Gabor,

      Check out Teymur Rajabov as well, in case you don’t know him :)

  36. Ramil Joesipov

    Hi Marysia. Thanks for your exceptional and nice way of writing a story! We are looking forward to your next story.

    p.s. North of Azerbaijan is actually part of South-Eastern Europe en South of Azerbaijan is part of North-Western Asia

    Thanks again for your great post!

    With kind regards,
    Ramil Joesipov

    • Ramil, thanks for stopping by and I as I have mentioned to Chris, Azerbaijan is on the edge of Central Asia… just the sea to cross and you are there…
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  37. Wow this is a great article: many of the items on your list I did not know. Especially I didn’t know kolkhoz still existed; fantastic! Crazy thing about what you can or cannot take pictures off.
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  38. I knew nothing about Azerbaijan before this…those kids are adorable though and the photography rules are very interesting! :)
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    • Those kids are two lovely Boys, part of the family I have been staying with in Qusar, amazing people!
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  39. Globalmouse

    I really want to get to Azerbaijan – those photos of the children are so cute!! That’s such a shame about the littering though, they need to sort that out. It looks like such a great place to visit though – really quirky and photogenic. Thank you for sharing and confirming that I need to visit soon!
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  40. Luiza Kattia

    Marysiu, gratuluję! Twoja strona, jak i twoje podróże, fantastycznie rozwija się :-)
    Dziękuję za wrażenia z Azerbejdżanu. Pojawiły mi się dwie refleksje:
    – Kury w metalowych klatkach są smutną codziennością na wszelkich kurzych fermach w Polsce i na świecie, gdzie stosuje się przemysłów chów, a zwierzęta traktowane są jak przedmioty stanowiące towar
    – Śmieci na zielonej trawie… plastiki, opakowania itp. Niestety to również polska codzienność… To smutne i przygnębiające, że ludzie tak bezmyślnie postępują.

    A w podróżach najcenniejsze wydaje się być podziwianie krajobrazów, chłonięcie specyficznej atmosfery i poznawanie ludzi. Widać, że to Ciebie fascynuje (podobnie jak mnie) i cudownie, że dzielisz się tym z nami :-)

    • Dzeikuje bardzo Luiza! Ta fascynacja podrozami jest u mnie wrecz chorobliwa, staje sie natrectwenm ha ha ha
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  41. Shawn Cookson aka Nomadog

    Great article! The littering is a huge pet peeve of mine also. As a police officer for the past 16 years I’ve caught one person littering. The only way to stop this is by educating the young;. During the 80’s there was a lot of education on recycling and the environment and had an impact on me.

    • Yes I think education would help a lot, maybe government should invest some money in big campaigns?!
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  42. Sammi

    Lada’s! Please tell me you’ve watched Top Gear?!

    I loved this post, I’ve never thought of going to Azerbaijan before now, it sounds so interesting!
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    • Ha ha ha yes, they will survive everything, those cars! They are unbreakable! Azerbaijan is a great country, I loved it there!
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  43. Laura

    How interesting! I’m fascinated by this quirky country and the others in the Caucasus region. I wonder why they don’t let you take photos of the oil fields. Weird. That’s a shame about all the litter, though.
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    • I really do not get this thing about photography, you know with today Google maps and Google Earth you can see everything you want, so no need to send a spy pretending to be a tourist… but it is not only in Azerbaijan, this rule, it is many countries, still weird though.
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  44. Javid

    Being from Azerbaijan and probably knowing it to its best, I’d like to add some comments Marysia. Before all, thanks, you’ve really tried to show diverse sides of the whole country, that being said, you’ve not taken the pics of all new petro-dollar invested fake city “beauties”.. the mega-construction I mean.. Some corrections of trying to make it more cleaerer:

    – You’re right about Lada’s. They’re still plenty round here..BUT, with the new Euro -4 standard, older versions of those cars will not be brought in the country. The transition will take time but nowadays in Baku specifically, 90% cars are imported from US/Europe/Japan.

    – “Yuma” means washing..So that board says “Auto washing” )) it’s funny though to know it means “stealing” in Polish? lol

    – “Kolkhoz” (Collective Farming) died with the collapse of Soviet Union and in fact, Ivanovka is the only place where the local marocconians practice it still

    – The littering thing is a serious issue over here and I quietly don’t know how it will be resolved. Most of the people travel to cleaners countries, and I’m sure they obey the “clean streets” rules elsewhere but their home countries..pity and ALAS..

    – Watermelons, tasty cottage cheese (especially from Ivanovka) and hot tandir bread – that’s soo’re right :)

    Enjoyed reading you post. Good luck to you in your world exploration!

    Warms regards,
    Javid A.

    • Javid thanks for stopping on my blog and your great comment! I love Azerbaijan, it is my favourite country in Caucasus so far! :) I have plenty of pictures of Baku showing how petrol money been spent, but that will be another post coming soon!

      It is a bit saddening about Lada’s. I know maybe they are not the best for ecology but they are really cool! As for Ivanokva, I know it is one of the few last ones. I actually heard there are some in Moldavia and Russia still working. Ivanovka is a really beautiful place and I love the idea of trying to live by the standards of collective farm still, you know, it look like it is working for them! And yes watermelons, cheese and the bread there were the best I had in whole country! :)

      As for littering, hopefully some petrol money could be invested in fighting this problem, because it is huge shame, you have very beautiful country, especially mountains – breath taking!
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  45. Jessica

    Hi Marysia,
    I spent a summer in Germany as an exchange student and always wondered why my exchange family always insisted on leaving their car in Germany and riding their bikes into Poland when they went there. I’m laughing now remembering back because of your Yuma sign. I love how you bring a sense of what the area is really like to travel there instead of the filtered perspective given by the news and other programs. I really enjoy reading your posts.
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    • Thanks a lot Jessica! I think it is important to show real travels instead of saturated pictures ;) And yes Yuma thing was too funny!
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  46. Chris Boothman

    Yes Marysia, you are so right that I knew absolutely nothing about Azerbaijan prior to reading this post. Well the exception being that their football team is one of the worst in Europe and Baku is the capital but the rest, well it’s probably down to pure ignorance of not wanting to learn more about this Eastern European nation.

    I find the photography issue quite interesting but not particularly surprising as there are many countries around the world that have such issues, but they generally are more leaning towards the communist type nations.

    Thanks for sharing such valuable information with us on a relative unknown quantity of a country.
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    • Hey Chris. Just a little explanation, Azerbaijan is not Eastern Europe, it is Caucasus Region on the edge of Central Asia. Maybe they are not great in football, but they are super great in chess and backgammon!

      And about the photography I found weird the difference, people loving photography while the state being almost allergic! :)
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  47. Tom

    Great article Marysia! I enjoyed reading it a lot :) Well now I know where I will go on my next trip in August! Thanks! :)
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    • Good decision Tom, I should mention that before to you! Just take care of the visa before, it takes time!
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  48. Erin

    Watermelon and CHEESE? Ick!!! The fire temples are cool but the littering makes me sad :(
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    • Erin watermelon with cheese taste really really good! And yes littering is quiet bad but as I have mentioned whole region is facing this problem!
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