The Return of Kəndis Xanım

by Thomas

You really can't beat Stalin-era apartments for lighting and decor.

Candice, with a large mustache, in Baku's Old City

The mosque at "Martyr's Lane." Cemeteries are big here.

Novruz (the Persian new year celebration) is the biggest holiday of the year in Azerbaijan. Candice came into town for a visit. Most of our time was spent eating Pakhlava, watching Japanese werewolf movies dubbed into Russian (and then redubbed by me into English), and roaming the polished-stone surfaces of the Caucasus’ most populous city.

Candice left this morning, and seeing her made me suddenly feel like I’ve been gone for years.

State of the Caspian: bright fog with low visibility. Wind, and little time.