A long day of travel led to 5 of the group of 7 making it safely to Baku. Unfortunately one of our crew members got stricken with food poisoning and ended up having to stay in Paris where another colleague graciously stayed by their side. They are recovering just fine and should catch up to us on Tuesday along with the rest of the luggage that was left behind in Paris! We were relived to hear they had it there! We were greeted very hospitably by the members of S4D (Sport for development) and got a lovely tour of the city on the way from the airport to our hotel. There have been some major architectural changes in the city over the past couple of years as Baku gets ready to host the inaugural European Games in June of 2015. Azerbaijan is known as the “land of fire” and elements of this pop up throughout the city in the new stadiums and arenas. There is a wonderful contrast of old soviet architecture and a modern, grander architecture which we can’t wait to explore further over the coming days. We are looking forward to our 1st site visit tomorrow at the Khatai School # 27 and meeting Emil Gaybaliyev the physical education teacher there. After that we will head to a meeting with the Paralympic Committee, we have some exciting and full days ahead of us! I am very grateful to have this opportunity, I have made wonderful new friends, from both sides of the world, and it is truly impressive to see how proud and excited our Azerbaijani friends are to show of their culture. I look forward to soaking it all in!
yaxşı gecə (I hope this means good night!!)