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Your Corner: How to surprise a New Zealand guy in Baku?

12 August 2010 [10:38] - TODAY.AZ
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What we have below is an interesting encounter, that one of our Today.Az staff members had yesterday, and decided to write about it.

Another hot, boring day was over. When leaving the office, I was about to enter the elevator, I saw a redheaded guy coming right towards me. Needless to say, I was a little surprised, since I would not expect to see someone like him, especially after the busy work hours. He looked like a tourist, with a big cam hanging down his chest, and a shirt, saying "Kalashnikov" (for those of you who dont know, it's a USSR designed automatic weapon, most commonly known as AK47).

So, he comes out saying "Do you speak English?", to which I of course replied positively. Amos, that was the guy's name, told me that he was a photographer, and he wanted to know the way to the roof of the building, to get up there, and get some good shots. I told him to go around, and find some other spot, "since from here there's no way up".

I added, that if "he got caught...", which got him scared for a second or two. He said he had permission, then we both laughed. Being tired as hell, I dont quite remember how he got here from New Zealand, and what delegation he was with. What I do remember, as we were walking down the stairs, is that he was in Armenia, and he started asking questions. About what was going on between us, and even mentioned Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

I wasn't really in the mood to be talking about this, yet I decided to. I told him a little about the war, about the ceasefire agreement, and a few other details. Also decided to tell him about the "Mubariz Ibrahimov case". To say he was shocked would be too easy. He was upset. Overall, we had a very nice conversation, and he said he liked the city (Baku) a lot, very beautiful, lots of things to photograph. On my part, I wished him the best, and of course to take the best pictures he could.

One thing for sure: Not everyday you dont get to meet guys from New Zealand in Baku, who roam the streets for photos, and asking about Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Oh yes, and there probably are many many other ways to surprise a guy from New Zealand in Baku...

T. Teymur
Azerbaijan, Baku

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