Finally...am I able to get this blog underway. What a week it's been! I arrive after midnight here on Tuesday March 9th. Slept for few hours then came right to work. The staff here at the Academy are all quite nice...and speak fluent English. I've spend the week doing what I've done every admissions year...emailing and speaking with prospective students. Except they are from Georgia (the country, not the state), Czech Republic, Uzbekistan, Molodova and the other 'stans....and no, I don't mean my brother, Stan.
As for life outside of work, well....the Azeris (that what the citizens of Azerbaijan are called) still have a form of polite timidity with regard to me passing on them. However, kids are down right curious, giggle and turn to stare....I guess for nearly all of them..they have never seen an African-American woman with grey hair on the street. So if I was them I would stare too!
Over the weekend, I joined a gym (thank God) and yes, I found one...not much, but it will do for this gym rat! And, the most important thing I brought a coffee pot...coffee is the most espensive commodity here and Azeris DO NOT drink coffee. Ah, no Starbucks here. So I am quite happy to have my java now!!
Pictures, I'll post next time....thanks to my wonderful (now ex-) staff and colleagues at Dickinson, I have great cool digital Fuji...that I'm still trying to figure out how to work. Wanda, another tutoring session when I'm back in Carlisle.
Finally, if you care to write me...only send it to the school address...seems like there is no residential delivery service...um....I'll never trash the US Postal Service, our Constitution or level sidewalks again.
Until next time,
Janice in Baku