One-thirty in the afternoon. Hot sun burns bright in a cloudless blue sky. BBC Weather says it is forty degrees Celsius and rising which means it is probably hotter. Sitting on a shaded veranda with a light breeze helping the cooling makes the temperature bearable. “Hello again” summer on the Absheron peninsula.
Everyone else is asleep at present so I am taking the opportunity to scribble for a few minutes before resuming family duties.
It has been a longer break than planned since the last post was published. Chiefly this was due to the charger for my laptop deciding to expire gracefully over the course of a busy few days. By the time it had most definitely ceased to function, I had landed in Baku.
Thankfully there is the “Alma Store” here (alma is apple in Azerbaijani) which is dedicated solely to service and repairs while retail space is at a different address. Thanks to that differentiation I was able to pop in, agree the fault with the friendly technician, purchase a replacement charger and be on my way again in a matter of minutes. With Apple seeming to have more-or-less standardised prices around the globe the wallet surgery wasn’t too painful either.
As with previous summers, most of our time is being spent out in the ‘countryside’ of the northern coast rather than in central Baku so there is little to report from the city.
That said it is good to report that Kefli is still in business with its range of rather enjoyable local wines. There is also a new coffee shop on Khagani Street called Barista & Chef that is well worth a visit. The decor and the staff dress code both appear rather NYC/London inspired, the service is very friendly and the drinks are produced to a high standard. I chose the “Charlie Choco Factory” milkshake and was very satisfied (see picture below).
Away from town we are mostly following a routine of visiting the beach in the morning and retreating back to the shade before it gets too hot.
There have also been some social get-togethers, one of which involved a dacha garden, kebabs on the barbecue and of course some samovar tea. As it has been a few years I could not resist posting a photograph of the latter (below).
Snooze time is nearly over and I had better get ready for the children. More news soon.