Want to travel to Azerbaijan? This Azerbaijan travel guide comes to us via lovely Colleen who lived in Azerbaijan for three years, working as a youth development Peace Corps volunteer in Ismailli – a small town in the the Caucasus mountains.
Azerbaijan a Eurasian country of 8.7 million, bordered by Russia, Iran and the Caspian Sea. It is one of the five most developed countries among CIS members and it has a high standard of living as well as low unemployment and crime rates. Who knew?
Must go in Azerbaijan
Xizi-Shamix mountain pass
(Best in May) Its necessary to rent an SUV (around 180 AZN for the weekend) but its worth the cost. Pack camping gear and pan to spend time walking through fields of wildflowers, fording rivers, meeting mountain cowboys and camping near fresh streams.
While there is not one specific destination in Sumqayit-outside the abstract Dove statue on the beach, and drinking 60 qap. shots of Russian vodka in the shadow of said statue (a must!)-its worth a day trip to see, what is still considered to be the most polluted city on earth.
Must do in Azerbaijan
Carnival Rides/walking on the boulevard in Baku
Teza Bazaar (Fresh Bazaar)
Must eat in Azerbaijan
Try the lentil soup (Marajei), cooked chick peas (Nohoud) and shepherds salad (Coban Salat: cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, greens.)
A visit to Araz is not complete without a few shots of Vodka
Local fire is named: Xan and Man (yes you read that correctly!) and must be washed down by a few bites of sliced lemon. A recent 4-hour session with five people eating of all the above mentioned food rendered only 60AZN ($76 US) worth of damage.
Cultural tips for traveling in Azerbaijan
‘Be Ashamed!’ (Ay ilb osuln)
‘Where is your mom?’ (Senin Mama, hardader?)
Essential phrases (polite):
Hello (Salaam AlaayKum)
Thank you: (Sag-ol or Ay Sag-ol)
Oh My God: (Ay Allah)
My God help you (Allah komay osuln)