Thursday, July 17, 2008

Do You Know....?

Where Azerbaijan is? Did you even know it was a country. We didn't. Okay, yes, admittedly, we're morons We own that. But still, come on, be honest, did you know about this country? No one's ever mentioned this to us. Until, today. We were innocently drinking our non salted, correct teaspoon filled coffee that Lisa concocted Not the make me puke kind I whipped up yesterday. We were so happy. Sitting there, feeling satisfied, lucky, and jacked up on caffeine. BA comes out, with a pop quiz, disguised as conversation. Unwittingly, we engage. She brings up someone we met in Kas, they are from Azerbaijan. "Where's that?" we ask innocently, thinking it's another coastal town in Turkey. Um. NO. She looks at us with disdain and disgust and says, "This is not a geography lesson;" Seriously, both of us assume, she doesn't know either, because remember, we have only a half a brain between us. "It's a country, you idiots," she says. We look at each confusely, and say, "huh, nope, never heard of that one. Must have been absent on Aberbaijan day." Seriously.Lisa says, "We only made it to Europe in High School and then we graduated." Once again we are idiots. BA is in disbelief. We get a big geography lesson. It's near all those stan countrys. Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, (you know the big one, we carpet bomb everyday). So listen, do we really need to see a mosque or some ancient ruins, wouldn't our time be better spent perhaps looking at a map. Knowing something. The truth though, did you know about Azberbaijan? Answer anonymously if you want, we own our stupidity. We need to know. Be honest. Hey, anonymous, meeting the dalai lama today, did you know? Smarty pants? We'll still be your friend.

Ba is the tall smart one.

11 comments:

Jenn said...

Yes I actually have heard about this county. I think I read a book that the story was based there. Other than that I sadly must have missed that day in school too!

shay said...

I have heard of it actually and trust me I'm not geography whiz! I think it may have been part of the former USSR so you should be excused from your ignorance.
I'm not sure I could find it on a map though...

I love your pics and you guys are totally gorj. What an amazing place!

Meredith said...

I own it..I have never heard of it.

Sarah said...

I must be an idiot too.. never heard of it.
I know of Kazakhstan only from watching Borat.

Anonymous said...

I know all about Kazakhstan.Didnt you know that us Schramms originated from a small village in Kazakhstan?Now I ask you which came first Kazakhstan or the Schramms.Its kind of a chicken or the egg question but I think you know the answer.Ilove you girls and miss you.

Love
Marc

Anonymous said...

Ah Azerbaijan, I fondly remember my summers in Azerbaijan. Actually The Republic of Azerbaijan. Boating on the Caspian Sea, catching herring and spending time with the locals tell old war story of communist Russia. The best time to visit The Republic (thats what the locals refer to it as) is between April and October when it's warm and dry in much of the country. July and August are the best months for reaching mountain villages like Xinaliq, but can be scorching (up to 38°C/100°F) and unbearably humid in Baku. It's much colder and wetter in the winter and snow, while rare in Baku, is common in the mountains. I recommend going for the biggest national festival (Novruz) it end on March 21st with much drinking and you might even try some fire-jumping. Cant believe you never heard of The Republic. As for the Dalai, it was an interesting day at Radio City. No Kid Rock concert but interesting. Now I am not a Buddhist, but I must admit I felt something being in the room with him. It was weird. I felt a presence. I listened to him speak about the 4 Noble Truths. He spoke about suffering, attachment, how to solve for suffering and materialism. Not sure I am buying all of if but certainly interesting to listen too. I was really good walking out of Radio City, thought about worldly possessions and how I can give up the ones I had and how I dont need anymore. So I am walking up 50th Street to Fifth ave and what do I see? To my right is a Buddhist Monk, in his silks and sandals, on my left, Saks 5th Ave. I look to my right and grin at the monk and give him a nod of my head, he smiled back with a look in his eye that I could achieve Dharma.I nod back and with that I notice all the people with bags, lots and lots of bags, SALE, SALE, SALE. So much for the Dalia;s speech. I smirked at the monk and B-Lined it for Saks. All in all a great day!

i need a drink said...

no clue.

katia said...

I've heard of it, one of my daughter's teachers was from Azerbaijan.

Anonymous said...

I confess, I am familiar with Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afganistan and Nordstromastan (okay, maybe the last one a bit more than the first 4...better shoes but I digress..) But before you get excited, it is only through tales from my Cousin who has about 17 doctorates (and finally a job) in the area of Middle Eastern Socio - Anthropology (or somthing like this) and his wife, who is Turkish.
If you want a really want excitement, I hear Uzbeki Air is a good time - be sure to have your drink before hand since Cart Service, In-Flight Movies, Seat Belts, and even Seats may not be provided on all aircraft. Glad you are having a good time.

See you at Yoga - Kathy S.

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Dave Samuel said...

Yea, I agree with Marc. I called him as we did not hear anything. got nervous. We can see the 2 of you getting on a bus to get some wine and end up with some nomadic tribe on a one way caravan to Azerbaijan. Glad Saige is there to watch you both. This is oddly the same feeling I get when Ethan and Chase are out somewhere together. (you know the brain sharing and everything) Juno how you guys do it? Stay safe. Dave