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Azerbajdžan: Kraj putovanja – stigli smo u Baku


Dakle, uspjeli smo.
Čitav put, sve do Bakua.
U stvari, neobično je kako smo tokom čitava putovanja imali malo problema.
Naravno, bilo je poteškoća sa pedalama, okvirima i ponekom ispuhanom gumom ali to je puno manje nego što smo očekivali. Bez svađa, bez krvi, bez suza. Poneka opekotina od sunca i par situacija kada je bilo alergijskih reakcija.
Sve u svemu, putovanje se može smatrati potpunim uspjehom!
Toliko dojmova o ljudima, predjelima klimi, hrani ….
To nije nešto o čemu bih mogao baš sada jednostavno sjesti i napraviti puno izvješće. To je iskustvo (vrlo svježe) koje će potrajati do kraja naših (nadamo se dugih) života i čija vrijednost će se razotkriti malo po malo kako vrijeme bude prolazilo.
Posljednju dionica do Bakua provezli smo kroz pustinju, koja okružuje grad i daje mu veoma suhu i vjetrovitu klimu.
Jorge – naš biciklistički kolega iz Portugala, neočekivano se (neočekivano za njega, ali ne i za nas jer smo unaprijed bili obaviješteni) susreo sa svojom suprugom i obitelji što je tom trenutku dalo još jedan emocionalni naboj više.

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Posljednji metre putovanja do trga sa velikom zastavom (ovdje se vijori najveća zastava na svijetu) provezli smo zajedno sa velikom grupom mladih biciklista Azerbajdžanaca koji su nas pratili prvo do trga, gdje smo sreli vojsku novinara i kamermana, a kasnije čitavim putem do hotela smještenog uz velodrom -arenu za biciklistička natjecanja.

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Naši domaćini se jako trude da nas stalno impresioniraju i u tome svakako uspijevaju. Azerbajdžan je vrlo posebna kultura koja je mješavina turske, perzijske i ruske kulture. Sastojke ove mješavine prepoznajete od hrane do muzike. Mnogi ljudi nisu svjesni što ova zemlja predstavlja. Priznajemo da i mi sigurno nismo imali puno za reći sve dok nismo stigli ovdje. Možete samo zamisliti koliko puno priča i dojmova imamo za prenijeti kada se vratimo kućama.

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Domaćinstvo Europskih igara je svakako veoma važan trenutak za povijest Azerbajdžana. Stalno nas pitaju, što mislimo o ovome ili kako vidimo njihovu zemlju i slično… Nisu navikli da imaju istovremeno ovoliko mnogo posjetilaca iz toliko različitih zemalja, tako da je to svakako za njih situacija od koje staje pamet a mi činimo sve od sebe da im u tome pomognemo.

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Rečeno nam je da je Baku jedan skup grad. Nije baš jeftino ići u kupovinu ili sjediti u kafićima u starom dijelu grada (kamo turisti odlaze) ali nije ni posebno skupo. Pivo je 3 manata (nešto kao 3 dolara = 18 kuna/kruna). Svakako je prihvatljivo posjetiti kafiće malo izvan starog djela grada. Pivo košta 1 manat što je i cijena kebaba, koka kole i slično… , hajde, pa to je vrlo jeftino. Isto vrijedi i za vožnju taksijem koja košta manje od 6 manata za 20 minuta (9-10km) noćne vožnje.

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Mali broj Azerbajdžanaca govori pristojan engleski ali su više nego spremni za sporazumijevanje na druge načine. Uvijek je lako za sve pronaći rješenje.
Treba sada glasno reći. Ceremonija otvaranja Igara je bila veoma, veoma lijepa i svakako je predstavila bogatu kulturu ove male države, zemlje vatre.

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Napisao: Jesper Hedegaard

 

So we made it. 
All the way into Baku.
It’s actually remarkable how few problems we had during the entire trip. 
Of course there were some issues with pedals, frames and some flat tires, but it was far less than expected. No conflicts, no blood, no tears. A little sunburned skin and a few situations with allergic reactions.
Over and all the journey must be concluded as a big success!
So many impressions with people, landscapes, weather, food etc 
This is not something that I can sit here and now and make a full summery of.
Its an experience ( a very instant one) which will last for the rest of our ( hopefully long) life, and its potential will only reveal itself little by little as times goes by.

The last step into Baku took us through this desert, that surrounds the city and gives it a very dry and windy atmosphere.
Jorge – Our Portuguese bike colleague – was unexpectedly ( for himself – not for us, who were told in advance) united with his wife and family, and it gave the moment an even more emotionally touch. The very last bit into the big flag square (the biggest flag in the world is waving there) brought us together with a big group of young Azerbaijani cyclists, who followed us first to the square, where we were met with an army of journalists and camera men. And later all the way to our hotel situated at a velotrak for bicycle competitions.

Our hosts are doing an intense job to impress us all the time and they also succeed with that. Azerbaijan is this very special culture which is a mix of Turkish, Persian and Russian culture. You can recognize the elements from food to the music.
Many people are not aware about what this country is all about – and we admit, that we certainly couldn’t tell so much either before we went here, but you can only imagine how many stories of impressions we have to tell, when we return back home.
Being the host of the European Games is obviously a very important moment of Azerbaijan history and self recognition. We are constantly being asked, what we think about this and how we see their country etc etc. they are not used to have so many visitors from so many different countries at the same time, so of course it’s a mind-blowing situation for them, and we do our best to help them through this.
We were told, that Baku is an expensive city – and its not very cheap to go shopping or be at the cafes in the old town (where the tourists come). But it’s not that expensive either. One beer is 3 manats ( like 3 dollars = 18 kuna/Kroner) And its certainly ok to join a cafe just a little outside the old town. One beer costs 1 manat same price for a kebab, coca cola etc….. come on that is very cheap ! Same for driving with a taxi. less than 6 manats for a 20 minutes ( about 9-10 km) ride in the night.

Not many Azerbaijani speaks a prober English, but they are more than willing to communicate in other ways, and it’s easy to find a solution for everything.

And lets just say it right out. The opening ceremony was very very beautiful and certainly exposed the rich culture of this small country – the land of fire!

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