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People Around Lahic

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These boys wanted me to take their picture and then asked me to give them something. I said I had nothing to give, but they saw this bottle of hand sanitizer hanging on my backpack and asked for it. I gave it to them and demonstrated only for washing their hands. An adult on the square ran over to open it, check it out and smell it. I demonstrated only to wash hands and not to drink. He nodded that he understood.
Hand Sanitizer for Photo Exchange 5-22-2013 11-52-01 PM

Hand Sanitizer for Photo Exchange 5-22-2013 11-52-01 PM


Every child in uniform was SO cute.
Ready for School 5-22-2013 10-22-56 PM

Ready for School 5-22-2013 10-22-56 PM


End of the school year, so children from neighboring villages and local school were out for field trips to the historic mosques, homes, etc.
Field Trip in Lahic 5-23-2013 12-18-49 AM

Field Trip in Lahic 5-23-2013 12-18-49 AM


Getting Shoes on for School 5-23-2013 12-59-47 AM

Getting Shoes on for School 5-23-2013 12-59-47 AM


Hauling wood home in Lahic

Hauling wood home in Lahic


Mother-in-law 5-23-2013 12-24-33 AM

Mother-in-law 5-23-2013 12-24-33 AM


Remains of February Fire 5-23-2013 12-24-57 AM

Remains of February Fire 5-23-2013 12-24-57 AM

Obviously not an Azerbaijani, but my traveling companion. We are in the mother-in-law's courtyard looking at the devastation of a fire that happened in February. They live in the front of the house only, but the rest of the 200 year old home is ruined.
Spice Vendor in Lahic 5-23-2013 12-07-02 AM

Spice Vendor in Lahic 5-23-2013 12-07-02 AM


Through the Garden Gate 5-23-2013 12-24-02 AM

Through the Garden Gate 5-23-2013 12-24-02 AM


My traveling companions took a horseback trek up the mountain to try to reach a 12th century castle. Second year in a row, they did not make it.
Friends Leaving Lahic 5-23-2013 8-21-12 PM

Friends Leaving Lahic 5-23-2013 8-21-12 PM


Lahic Butcher 5-23-2013 10-32-03 PM

Lahic Butcher 5-23-2013 10-32-03 PM


On to the Next Village 5-24-2013 10-36-33 PM

On to the Next Village 5-24-2013 10-36-33 PM

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Construction around Lahic

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Of course, I am always interested in how things are done.
Lahic has established itself as an historic district. Nothing can be built that is not of traditional construction. Because of the frequent earthquakes, there is always much that needs to be constructed. Although the town has been there for 2,000 years, only a few buildings are over 200 years old.
They have determined a way to build that makes them safer in the earthquakes by layering the stones for an established height and then placing wood strips. There are two walls of stone and then crushed rock is placed between the walls. All this is done by hand with hammer, chisel, and a few other tools.
One Stone at a Time 5-23-2013 12-46-31 AM

One Stone at a Time 5-23-2013 12-46-31 AM


More New Construction 5-23-2013 12-48-28 AM

More New Construction 5-23-2013 12-48-28 AM


New Home Traditionally Built 5-23-2013 12-36-23 AM

New Home Traditionally Built 5-23-2013 12-36-23 AM

Heavy equipment is used for building the paved road into Lahic. This project is taking years to complete because the road is steep and narrow and difficult to widen.
Mixed Modes in Lahic 5-24-2013 9-19-52 PM

Mixed Modes in Lahic 5-24-2013 9-19-52 PM

The new town wall is being built by hand.
Building a New Town Wall 5-24-2013 9-53-58 PM

Building a New Town Wall 5-24-2013 9-53-58 PM


Riverstone by Riverstone 5-24-2013 9-54-27 PM

Riverstone by Riverstone 5-24-2013 9-54-27 PM


The riverbed that runs next to Lahic provides all the building materials for the buildings, homes, and walls.
Source of All Lahic Building Material 5-24-2013 10-25-31 PM

Source of All Lahic Building Material 5-24-2013 10-25-31 PM


This man walked around the river selecting fairly flat stones to be used in the wall. He put them in slight piles. Later an ancient army dump truck drove down to the riverbed and collected them, took them up and dumped them where the workers picked them up in a wheelbarrow.
Selecting Riverstones 5-24-2013 10-25-03 PM

Selecting Riverstones 5-24-2013 10-25-03 PM

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My Homestay in Lahic, Azerbaijan

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I traveled to Lahic with a father and his daughter. We are staying with a local family who have lived in Lahic as many generations as they know. Both the wife and husband are school teachers. Dardesh, the host, is also the local Director of Tourism. He is out of town, so his brother Marif is serving as host and will also be my guide.
My Homestay in Lahic 5-22-2013 10-41-30 AM

My Homestay in Lahic 5-22-2013 10-41-30 AM


There are two connected guest rooms with three beds each in Dardesh's Homestay.
Typical Bed in Guest House

Typical Bed in Guest House


The diningroom is the only room to which we had access except for our bedrooms. I insisted on sleeping in the back bedroom by myself and had the daughter and father stay together even though our host said the one room should be for men and the other for women.
Dining Room in Lahic 5-23-2013 10-03-03 PM

Dining Room in Lahic 5-23-2013 10-03-03 PM


The hostess never ate with us. As Dardesh was out of town, Marif came and ate all meals with us.
The toilet took a bit of getting accustomed to.
Bathroom in Lahic 5-23-2013 9-19-16 PM

Bathroom in Lahic 5-23-2013 9-19-16 PM


My hosts keep a few chickens and we have plenty of good meals with plenty of fresh eggs.
Chickens in My Yard in Lahic 5-23-2013 1-32-45 AM

Chickens in My Yard in Lahic 5-23-2013 1-32-45 AM


I occasionally found an empty snail shell after the chickens had feasted.
Chicken Food 5-23-2013 8-01-15 PM

Chicken Food 5-23-2013 8-01-15 PM


The neighbor's horse was tied in a different spot every day. The chickens joined in for fine dining.
Morning Munching 5-22-2013 9-25-06 PM

Morning Munching 5-22-2013 9-25-06 PM


Every morning, a young boy would take a small flock of sheep to join others. Every night they returned to be put in the family compound. The first day, I worried that this boy was not allowed to go to school. Then, I learned the school day is split and some go in mornings and some in the afternoon.
Moving the Sheep Before School 5-22-2013 9-43-26 PM

Moving the Sheep Before School 5-22-2013 9-43-26 PM


This time of year, the yard was filled with beautiful iris. This is a photo of Bazil Ty, Jr enjoying them. When Bazil gave me this he said "I don't know who you talk to when I am not with you." Well, it has sure proved good for this trip - not many English speakers - and we know how well I can speak Azerbaijani.
Bazil Ty Jr Enjoys the Flowers in Lahic 5-23-2013 1-32-18 AM

Bazil Ty Jr Enjoys the Flowers in Lahic 5-23-2013 1-32-18 AM

These children played across the road almost every day and liked to say Photo, Photo, Horse, Money. I asked my hostess and guide if I was supposed to give them money, and they said I should not. I was told these children were not from Lahic but a different village and stayed with relatives to go to school. "They are not as well behaved as children from Lahic."
Children at Play 5-23-2013 6-19-48 AM

Children at Play 5-23-2013 6-19-48 AM


Dardesh is out of town. His brother Marif, who is also the local Director of the Museum was my guide. This picture shows him in front of the museum which is also the Tourist Information Center. It was a mosque when the town was larger.
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Marif's home is down the mountain about a mile in the heart of town. It is over 200 years old and his family has always lived there. His brother built the house up the mountain where I stay instead of living together in town in the family compound. Marif has build a summer home even further up the mountain.
All the water and cooking in Marif's home is done in the courtyard. To access the toilet and the upstairs, you must come out to the courtyard. Although I was invited to tea, chairs were brought out to the courtyard and I did not go in the home.

Marif in His Courtyard 5-23-2013 1-00-13 AM

Marif in His Courtyard 5-23-2013 1-00-13 AM

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Arrival in Azerbaijan

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After flying across the Atlantic and all of Europe on a very, very old Aeroflot plant, the very modern and quite beautiful international terminal in Moscow airport was a wonderful surprise. We had to check in at an information booth so she could see my passport and verify I had a good luggage ticket to transfer my luggage. Hurrah! I did! It had been a real hassle at Dulles in Virginia finding someone who could figure out how to get my luggage checked through Moscow and on to Baku, but fortunately I had. She told me I was going to have to pay for an additional 20 kilos of overweight luggage. Fortunately, it dawned on me that on her computer the weight of my luggage was in pounds and that, of course I was under the weight.
Fortunately, our layover was only a couple hours because there was no ATM or money exchange office in that terminal. I don't think we had the correct visa to go out of that terminal today. There is a restaurant and some stores in that terminal that will also accept euros and USD, but I doubt the exchange is very good.

In English 5-22-2013 12-43-32 AM

In English 5-22-2013 12-43-32 AM


In Russian 5-22-2013 12-43-23 AM

In Russian 5-22-2013 12-43-23 AM


Notice that when the city is in English the other information is in Russian and when the city is in Russian, the info is in English!

We had a very new Aeroflot plane for the 3.5 hour plane ride to Baku. Both the plane trips were completely full and several very young children. We were even served a meal between Moscow and Baku. Of course, that is an international flight, but I don't think we are served meals between US and Canada or Mexico now.
Baku is a bustling city. We just drove through on our way to Lahic, so I will get photos when we return. There are many new and beautiful buildings and construction going on everywhere. Also went through some older, USSR-era areas. Some crazy traffic in some roundabouts – but nothing like it is in Tirana, Albania!

My Driver to Lahic 5-22-2013 5-03-25 AM

My Driver to Lahic 5-22-2013 5-03-25 AM

My traveling companion had hired a driver from Lahic, and in his Lada he blared us through in fine fashion. Once out of the city, the land was all green rolling hills without a tree in sight. It looks like a combination of Tele-Tubbies hillsides and the eastern plains of Colorado or Wyoming.
View Outside Baku 5-22-2013 7-20-00 AM

View Outside Baku 5-22-2013 7-20-00 AM

Eventually the mountains begin with trees and frequent sheer vertical slabs of geographic strata.
View from Homestay Yard in Lahic 5-22-2013 9-23-26 PM

View from Homestay Yard in Lahic 5-22-2013 9-23-26 PM


Although I knew it was primitive, I had not been told that a car would not be able to get us to our host's home. The car stopped and we would need to walk the rest of the way. I had my nifty Go Lite duffle with shoulder straps, but unfortunately it still weighed 48 pounds. I shouldered it and then my traveling companion, the driver, and our Lahic host stood and started to talk and talk and talk. My bag was way too heavy for this so I started to walk and they said "just follow the road".
View of Homestay through the Gate 5-22-2013 9-25-51 PM

View of Homestay through the Gate 5-22-2013 9-25-51 PM


Today, when I go back down the road to visit it probably won't seem so far, but it seemed to be at least 1/2 mile. I passed two women with a small child. I did not know the name of my host or guide, so I couldn't get them to understand where I was trying to get to. There is one otel in Lahic, so they kept trying to get me to go back down the mountain to the hotel. I dropped my bag and decided I would figure out what to do later. Fortunately, the men soon came round the corner and picked up my bag and brought it the rest of the way between them.

I will need to find out if any more of this trip is going to be so remote. I had thought we would drive into host homes or hotels and stay for a couple of nights to a week. If our week touring Azerbaijan is going to be as remote as this, I will need to figure out a way to only pack a day pack for what is needed for that leg only.
Once again, I who like to think I know how to pack discover I can only pack when I go away for work and not for adventure.

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