Baku recce trip – part 2

Today is our last day in Baku and we are getting the flight back home tonight. The flight leaves at 8.15 tonight and gets into Heathrow at 10.15, UK time (2.15am Baku time). So, is it better to keep the kids awake on the flight to try to get them to sleep?

Yesterday we had our host family tour, with a very helpful lady. She showed us around the new supermarket Bizar Store, which was called Ramstore when I was last here, but there are a lot more stores now in the new shopping malls. Seemed to have most foods that we need, but I’m sure once we move here we will find essentials that are hard to find.

We then moved on to the fruit and veg market, we went to Taza Bazaar, where there is a huge range of seasonal fruit and veg, as well as nuts, seeds and spices. Cleanliness isn’t high so best to wash everything carefully.

I ordered 4 satsumas, (about all the Azeri I can remember!) and Gregor asked for a couple of apples. We also brought a big bag of pomegranate seeds, after a discussion that I really didn’t need 1/2 kg of them, for 20qapik – about 18p. When food is in season it can be very cheep and plentiful.

We were planning in going up the fernicular today but the wind has picked up and after a walk into town we have come back to the hotel and have a chilled out afternoon – everyone is pretty tired after a busy week. We are watching The Dog Whisperer on Animal Planet (it is in English) and I have time to write this.

Baku recce trip – part 1

We are due to move to Baku in January 2014 so we have come over to Baku for a recce (short for reconnaissance) trip. We lived in Baku from 2003-2006 so it has been very interesting to see how much has changed and what has stayed the same. Lots of new buildings and the infrastructure seems improved but the traffic is as manic as ever.

So far we have looked round the old city, the school and the medical facilities. All looks very good, the fantastic weather certainly helps!

The International School of Azerbaijan, TISA, is an IB school following the primary years program, which is the same as in Korea, so the transition should be smooth and we all like this style of teaching. The year numbering had me confused for a while, Katrine will be going into P7 and Gregor into P5, two numbers higher than their years in England.

The houses are next to the school in Stonepay, or Royal Park – which is the name on the entrance but no-one calls it that. They seem good, spacious 4 bedroom houses, if a bit crammed in. The major problem is that there might be a waiting list up to 9 months, but you won’t know if there is a wait until you actually get into country.

I forgot to take my camera with me, so no photos of the school or houses. But I did get plenty of photos of the old city and on our city tour.