Since I am back in Baku (Azerbaijan) I will post my photos from my first trip in September last year. This is a lovely city with a rich history. Have you ever read the classic novel Ali and Nino by Kurban Said (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_and_Nino)? I took the Ali and Nino tour by a local historian and it was so interesting to learn the history of the story and the politics of the time. My first trip here was to cover the medical unit since they had a long gap between permanent providers. I am back currently to mentor the new provider who is a great PA from Oregon. It is so nice to be back. This is a former Russian territory, so everyone speaks Russian, which feels odd walking around. It is also a very wealthy country - oil money.
|Took a day trip out of the city and we went to the "Mud Volcanos" bubbling mounds of mud|
|The famous Flame Towers that light up at night. They are quite impressive/beautiful. This is the view outside my hotel window.|
|The hotel I am at is at the edge of the old town with winding streets, within the intact medieval wall (renovated) and old style architecture with the common window boxes seen above. Really nice for strolling around.|
|The Azeri people are lovely, gracious and hospitable. The clinic staff too me out to lunch and no matter how I protested they insisted on this amazing meal and paying for all of it. I am thrilled to be able to come back to work with them again.|
|The view to the Caspian Sea from my hotel room. There is a lovely boardwalk stretching for a couple of miles. This city has so much to offer. They just had the Formula I races here and the street you see was part of the track.|