Lekit, Azerbaijan

Saturday Scenes: Lekit, Azerbaijan

Lekit is a small village near the town of Qax in northwest Azerbaijan. I stayed with a family there and their son took me on a walk across this field to visit some of their relatives, while a storm was rolling through in the distance.

Ilisu, Azerbaijan

Saturday Scenes: 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 a few remnants of its earlier days: the Summaqala Tower, Ulu Mosque and one remaining bastion of its historic fortress.

Chasing Down Visas in Baku

Upon arriving in Baku, Azerbaijan, my first mission was seemingly simple: head to the embassies of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to apply for my visas to both countries. Easy, right?   Not so much.   Both embassies are located outside of the center of the city, off the Badamdar Highway. The addresses themselves were weird, with …

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Baku, Azerbaijan

Getting Into Azerbaijan

“Go to Tbilisi and get a second passport. That is the only way they will let you in,” warned my guide in Kars, Turkey. “No way they will let you in,” promised Taveet as I explained my plans to visit Azerbaijan shortly after we met during my volunteer stint in Armenia. “Oooh, if you have …

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