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
There are two connected guest rooms with three beds each in Dardesh's Homestay.
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
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
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
I occasionally found an empty snail shell after the chickens had feasted.
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
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
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
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
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.
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