Arrival in Baku!

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!!)



8 thoughts on “Arrival in Baku!

  1. Beth Pycko January 18, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Hello Nate,
    I am Craig Murdock’s girlfriend. I’m glad all went well…I’m inclined to think Craig may be the individual that was ill, due to the fact that I have not heard from him. Safe travels and I will continue to check the blog for updates.


    • natefberry January 19, 2015 / 6:54 pm

      Heard Craig got in touch with you to let you know he is OK! Sorry I wasn’t more specific, didn’t mean to scare you! Hope you are enjoying the stories!



  2. Judy ashton January 19, 2015 / 12:43 am

    Nate, this is completely fabulous. What is the weather? Judy


    • natefberry January 19, 2015 / 6:56 pm

      The weather is like 35-40 degrees and sunny. Supposed to be some rain coming, just like your adventure to Florida I’m sure! Hope all is well!


  3. Merissa January 19, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    So cool Nate! Can’t wait to hear more!


  4. Joan Fischer January 19, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Thanks Nate for a great blog entry! was at a Martin Luther King breakfast this AM and when we were asked to add to a peace tree (asking for peace or conflict resolution either globally or personally) I asked for peace for Azerbaijan and Armenia. Thinking of you in that part of the world & looking forward to hearing about the program’s you visit.


  5. Cheryl Shea January 19, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    You wear this enterprise with your own brand of enthusiasm, grace, and intelligence. Please understand how proud (and, truth be told, jealous) we are of you. Blessings and cheer, dear one!


  6. Mary Savarese January 21, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    This is terrific and so enjoyable to read and see the trip along with you.
    If they are interested I can upload our school newspaper and perhaps they would see and learn more about the wonderful work here at BSS.


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