The Republic of Azerbaijan is a land of mystery and history with evidence of civilizations dating back to the end of the Stone Age, which I bet few foreigners know. Formerly large Albania, the descendants of Caucasian origin from modern Azerbaijan created colonies as early as the 4th century BC. But much about Azerbaijan is unknown. So let this be the beginner’s guide to Azerbaijan.
Do we know famous Azeris? Of course, we all do. For the most part, we just don’t know that they are Azerbaijani. There is Gary Kasparov, the former legendary world chess master who, before making him famous, learned to play his tricks while growing up in Azerbaijan, and Freddie Mercury, born Faroukh Bulsara. The world needs to be more grateful to Azerbaijan because at one point in history it has supplied 50% of the world’s demand for oil. What makes this nation a major attraction is that contradictions and diversity are never more harmonious and respected in one place than here. A good example is, regardless of the fact that the country is a nominally Muslim country, Irish pubs have grown and no ban has been implemented which, in the first place, does not make this country less fun, unlike the Libya and Brunei.
Europe or Asia … this is the immortal question. Agreement between the two vast continents of Europe and Asia, the location of Azerbaijan (40 30 N, 47 30 E) is at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and West Asia. But it is not too difficult to speculate on what Azerbaijan is focusing on. With the map of Europe on their banknotes which covers the part of the Caspian Sea, the first Caucasian republic is preparing to join the EU. Part of the Caucasus region, the highest point, north of this landlocked mountain mass, the Bazarduzu Dagi remains at an altitude of 4485 meters and the lowest, hence the Caspian Sea which is -28 meters below the level of the sea. Great plains, the plains of Kur-Araks, roll in the centre.
Azerbaijan has a total area of 86,600 km2 and the size, location and landscape influence the way air masses enter the country, creating a unique climate. There are 9 of the 11 climatic zones present in Azerbaijan and at an absolute minimum and maximum temperatures, -33 ° C and 46 ° C, respectively in Julfa and Ordubad.
It is also the rare landscape and situation of Azerbaijan which mentions its energy wealth and which will gain in less than five years up to 100 billion dollars from its oil production. Despite its energy wealth, the larger population of 9,022 million Azerbaijanis (recent population figures for April 2010) continues to live in poverty amid the excessive development of Baku. The Azeris (90.6%) are largely a homogeneous ethnic group, united to the minorities of the Dagestani, Russians, Armenians and others (Talysh, Avars, Turks, Ukrainian, Tsakhur, Georgians, Kurds, States, Jews and Udins).
AZERBAIJANI, a Turkish language, is the official language used by the largest Azeri demography of 90.3%, while RUSSIAN is also widely spoken by most people, slowly decreasing in a number of speakers with ENGLISH as rising language. English speakers are generally found in places visited by foreigners, especially in the capital, Baku, and less outside. And this is only one of the exciting parts.
It is a predominantly Muslim population (95%). Multiculturalism, as well as multireligious, Russian, Georgian and Armenian Orthodox, are freely practised religions, but Azeris are less attached to religious affiliation than Armenians. It is therefore proposed that Islam be part of secondary education. curriculum. In practice, the Azerbaijani people are agnostic and very non-religious. The other Christian denominations are Roman Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans and Molokans.
Three hours from the capital, the traveller transforms into a completely different world far from the colossal buildings and 21st-century structures of Baku. The old generation villages, the skyscrapers of nature, the Caucasus mountains and the picturesque coastal towns are just a few of the favourite things of travellers. And as mentioned earlier, the country offers the best of all worlds with different climatic zones which can only mean a world celebration! Pleasures of the beach at Khachmaz., The biggest tourist getaway in Azerbaijan, Sheki for a hike through the famous and famous Caucasus mountains, and Lankaran, the southern city famous for its floral landscape are among the best times that we can have.
But the best time the traveller will ever have is at the dining table where drinks, food and jokes are presented. For foreigners, nothing is typical of Azerbaijani cuisine, as there are so many variations and traditions in food and cooking. For lactose intolerance, Azerbaijani food can be difficult with various trips to the bathroom with the universal and unlimited yoghurt that is ubiquitous in starters, soups, main dishes and desserts. Plov is national, but typically Azerbaijani, a dish made with a saffron shark and served with herbs and green vegetables compared to the Central Asian version of soaked vegetables and meat. On the other hand, Piti is national soup. There are more than 40 recipes for plov and 30 for soups.
Azerbaijani food is exceptionally fresh, aromatic and green with the dominant presence of a multitude of herbs such as mint, coriander/coriander, dill, basil, parsley, tarragon, chives, leek, thyme, marjoram and watercress. The princes of the Caspian Sea are salmon, sturgeon, sardines, trout, etc. And are among the freshest, juiciest and most sought after delicacies in the world. Shashlik and kebab, which are grilled, are the general preparations of most meat dishes served with yoghurt sauce or fruits such as pomegranate sauce, served with a chore (bread).
The desserts are reason enough to be here in Azerbaijan. If you’ve had too many cinnamon rolls or croissants in your life, you’re in for a syrupy, sticky treat because desserts are nothing you’ve ever tasted before. But there is always that familiar, friendly function that makes all desserts desirable – simple sugars.
Nuts and preserves are famous elements of Azerbaijani desserts. As a reminder, desserts, as in most regions of East and Southeast Asia, are not eaten in the Western sense after eating, but as a snack, like a sandwich for the rest. However, if you were given the option, would you opt for a sandwich based on the syrupy quality, nuts and flakes of pakhlava and halva? Here are desserts, classifiable as a sweet trickle of persistent food flavours, a hassle with bowls of fresh fruit of all seasons: cherries, grapes, plums, apricots …
While alcohol consumption is permitted, there are countless things: cursing, pricking your nose or teeth between meals, touching or hugging someone without permission, chewing gum during a convoy, and many others reasonably reasonable prohibitions. However, the most important travel tip is to observe and do what the Azeris do. It is also reasonable to remember that there is absolutely no physical contact between you and your new Azeri friend. And before everything is forgotten, practice when booking or talk about the president or something that is Armenian, because indiscretion costs you serious problems and worse, your time, imprisonment.