Saturday Scenes: Woman Knitting in Lahij, Azerbaijan

Lahic, Azerbaijan

Lahij is a village of a few hundred people in the mountains in northeastern Azerbaijan. I spent a weekend there, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Baku while I waited to get […]

Reviewing 2012: Did That All Really Happen?

Warsaw, Poland

Thinking about the past year leaves me with very mixed emotions. After being back in the United States for over three months now, it sometimes feels like the nine months before that didn’t even happen. […]

Saturday Scenes: Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan

I think I got a bit smile on my face when I first walked by this fountain in Baku‘s Fountains Square – it immediately reminded me of the famous Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium […]

Travel in the Caucasus: Comparing Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

Batumi, Georgia

My first impression of travel in the Caucasus region was a good one, arriving in sunny Batumi, Georgia to a warm welcome from the immigration officers. One night later, I was on an overnight train, […]

Saturday Scenes: Ilisu, Azerbaijan

Ilisu, Azerbaijan

Back in the 18th century, Ilisu was the capital of a sultanate for a very brief period. Today, it is a village of around one thousand people sitting in a valley in northwestern Azerbaijan, with […]

My Love-Hate Relationship with Baku

  I spent my first thirty minutes in Baku, Azerbaijan absolutely hating it.   As I got off a stuffy bus after the seven hour ride from Sheki, taxi drivers swarmed around me, the only […]

Community Based Tourism in Azerbaijan

Lekit, Azerbaijan

Despite the fact that my visit to Azerbaijan coincided with Eurovision 2012 in Baku, my first stop in the country was not the capital city on the Caspian Sea. Rather, I spent my first few […]