Azerbaijan Redux

[slideshow]I’m back in Azerbaijan. The balcony floorboards are rotted, the water heater is broken and there are protests every few weeks. I’ll be here for a few months writing about the regions. Right now I’m in Baku and I’ve spent the first week getting situated and catching up with the world I left behind before. Soon I’ll be looking into holy places, minor officials’ salaries, the life of a soldier and possibly hazelnuts farmers.

There’s a lot to say about Azerbaijan and even more to learn. There are claims of endemic economic malaise and there are well-publicized drives against corruption. Baku itself is abuzz with repairs that have moved a few blocks up the hill in the months I’ve been away. Stay tuned, my goal is to put up at least one entry a week from now on - I’ll begin tomorrow with a visit to the tank cemetery.