Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Summer Time!

Dear everyone,

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!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Important visitors!

Hillary Clinton visits Azerbaijan!

Look, people in America have heard of Azerbaijan.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Jangamiran Cemetery

Mason and I went on a hike to the neighbouring village of Jangamiran. It is home to an old cemetery with tombstones dating from the 5th century (supposedly). The hike is a really easy, and I love the gorge at the beginning of the hike. Here are some tombstones. The sheepies are just for you, Laura.

Turban-like Tombstone

Flower or Sun Motif Tombstone


Design on Side of the Sheep (same on every sheep)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Chicken Montage

Chicken in front of my school

Rooster Chick

Rooster Head

Lerik Fog

Chickens of the Mist

Life above the clouds

Travelling Shack!

One day, Jessica and I were walking to Mason's new apartment and we saw a shack on the back of a truck! We were all kind of shocked. Where were they taking this shack?

Answer: They dumped it on the side of the road somewhere on the road between Lankaran and Lerik.