Why Azerbaijan?

“And so let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love, and once we begin to love each other naturally we want to do something.” 
-Mother Teresa
Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1979

I’ve been to Azerbaijan twice, and I will most definitely go back.

Often when I ask people what they know about Azerbaijan, they say “oil, Eurovision Song Contest and Baku”. That’s not a lot considering there’s 9 million people living there. How could it be that a country in the middle of Iran, Turkey, Russia and the Caspian Sea, who all are more widely known here in Norway, is so rarely mentioned?

I don’t know, but I can show you some of the reason why I’m so interested in Azerbaijan, the culture and the people, and where my love for the country comes from. All pictures are taken in October 2011 and October 2012.

By: Ole Hofsøy

Baku seen from the promenade next to the Caspian Sea
Cleaning of Fountain Square, Baku
Evening traffic in Baku
Construction of the Flame Towers in Baku, October 2012
Lada seen in the old town, Baku
A local salesman on the way from Baku to Sheki
A mechanic outside of Sheki
A young boy in Surakhani Raion, outside Baku

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