True, it was a nightmare for most of the countries who went there. And the EBU will be probably be making sure this year that they won't be going back anytime soon(Original post by ladymarshmallow)
Well, that's open to debate.
In recent years, especially since I left in 2009 they have been rapidly modernising and revitalising the city centre, building high rise buildings and fancy hotels, etc. On the other hand, many people still live in ugly, cramped apartment blocks from the Soviet era, and there is a lot of corruption. There was actually a documentary aired just before Eurovision last year on panorama which explored the lack of freedom of speech and corruption in the country. There are a handful of Azeris who have a lot of wealth, but most don't unfortunately. Additionally, only 30 minutes north of the capital city Baku, you'll come across one of the supposedly most polluted cities in the world, Sumqayit, because there are so many old soviet rotting factories! I recall that we once tried to take a photo, yet ended up being taken to the local police station for 3 hours because of it. Although nothing really happened, they just asked us to delete it.
The countryside, however, if you go to the North of the country up into the Caucasus mountains is stunning, and likewise if you go down south near Iran.
The culture was very interesting as well.
Still, you can say you've lived in Azerbaijan! I've not been outside Europe...
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- 13-05-2013 22:26
So orange and so big!11
- 13-05-2013 22:30
Well, this thread has been well and truly derailed
- 14-05-2013 18:41