Summer in Azerbaijan means no break from the heat. Most of the country is 35 degrees of hotter (in Celcius of course). It's far easier to stay in the mountains of Lerik. But I have ventured to the Baku heat to provide this update.
I know it's been a while. I think my last update was before Novruz! Oi, that was a long time ago. So much has happened and hasn't all at once. It's true what they say. The 2nd year is when everything finally settles. This is the time when you realize what you've done and what you have left to do. It can weird to be so happy in a place when some of your peers definitely can't wait to get out. I seriously considered extending a third year to finish up projects. Staying a bit longer is always tempting. A part of my heart will always belong to the people of Azerbaijan (especially those in Lerik). Emily and Martin came in May, and I loved showing them around. Two weeks in Germany with my family recharged my batteries, and now I'm spending time with my host family in Masazir. A little bit more than 4 months remain, and I'm having a hard time knowing that it'll be done soon. While I am ready to stay, it is time to go home and to build my life there. I promise to write more later, but I wanted to give y'all a quick update!