By Adele Gallogly:
The first weekend of my arrival in Baku was a wonderful experience. On the second day of our trip we were given a tour of the Old City of Baku. We had a chance to learn more about the fascinating history of Baku and the Oil Barons. The architecture is very beautiful in the city and it has been very interesting to learn more about both Baku and Tbilisi and the changes that the cities have experienced over the years.
On the day of our tour we also had a chance to try a traditional meal in the Old Town of Baku. The meal offered us the opportunity to try all these delicious dishes from Azerbaijan. I also had a chance to hear more about the backgrounds and experiences of my fellow classmates who have had very interesting experiences in the U.S. and around the world. Following this meal, we were given a tour of the Bibi-Heybat oil fields and mosque. It was very interesting to view all the pump jacks, as well as enter the beautiful mosque. At the end of the day, a group of us had the opportunity to explore the hotel where we had arrived and try a meal from a beautiful restaurant which overlooks the Caspian Sea.