A rigid search and making friends in #sheki, 300 km from Baku
After staying a night in a really cozy and tiny apartment, cheapest of our #journey so far,plumbing issues made us leave the place after 1 night
We dragged our luggage outside on the curb to look for a taxi, no Ubers here, meanwhile booked a guesthouse online, finally succeeded in communicating the location to the driver we headed off, when we got there the guesthouse wasn't there! The driver and us, we asked and asked in Azeri and English and were finally guided to the right place which by the way we had crossed several times during our search, we finally got there and the property was closed. Coincidentally another family waited for the house to open, confused just like us. @samirabdulhay @elnuraabdulhay knew English so it was easier for us to #communicate with them. After establishing that there was no way we could get inside the property we decided to group up for a mutual search for a #room!We went to 2 different places and we finally chose #Karavansaray, a #building that was occupied by the merchants trading on the silk route 300 years ago.
Throughout this rigid search we came to know this #family and discovered their #kindness because if it wasn't for them we'd still be looking for rooms trying to communicate our room requirements and locations to people.
At night after dinner we talked for a long time standing on the road side at 11 pm and said goodbyes.
Samir has a shop in #Oldcity, #Baku and we had decided we'd visit him once back, to our surprise on the last day when we went to look for his shop it was just a few steps away from our hotel. We all got so happy to see each other again and said goodbyes for the last time cause we had a #flight to catch. Otherwise we'd have visited his house!
The point of telling you this story is that we are all alike, good and bad people are everywhere in the #world, we do have bad #experiences sometimes but we don't have to judge a #country or a #city based on them. We had heard so many negative things about people in #Azerbaijan, interacting with them and getting so much help and kindness from the #locals without any incentive COMPLETELY changed our minds.