17.06.2012 - 18.06.2012 25 °C
So we made it into Azerbaijan, and contrary to popular reports, the people here are just as friendly, if not more so than the rest of the Caucasus.
Ok, so we've only been to one town, but so far so good. We didn't even have to pay a bribe at the border crossing, and they didn't get mad that we have visiting their neighbour and sworn enemy, Armenia.
So that one town is Shaki, and as no trip on the silk route would be complete without staying in a Caravanessi, we are doing that right now.
These are old forts that were provided by local rulers for merchant caravans to stay in while they were visiting town. I've seen many all over the world, some piles of dust, some filled with tradesmen grinding and banging away on metalwork, some touristified with craftsmen polishing copper souvineers, and now i've stayed the night in one.
On our stay here we've also had the opportunity to practise our english with the local school children and their families
Tomorrow we are off to the oil boom town capital Baku.