Azerbaijan

December 1, 2018

Known as the “Land of Fire”, Azerbaijan is a small ex-Soviet republic that sits on the shores of the Caspian Sea, the biggest lake in the world. It gets this nickname because the country has a vast reserve of oil and subterranean natural gas. The gas seeps out from fissures in the ground and when ignited, it burns. In fact, there is a temple in which the ground burns perpetually.  It is a fascinating society and probably embod...

October 19, 2018

In our travels through Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, we noticed that there were a lot of interesting old cars on the road, especially in the rural areas. These cars are called Ladas. We saw mostly the sedans and some 4x4s called the Niva. They have a boxy, low profile look. They range from old rusted hunks of metal that look like they are about to fall apart, to ones that are in perfect condition. We saw them in every colo...

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