April 30, 2009

News from Baku

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 3:42 pm by Jenn

The phone rang at around 4 am today.  The phone ringing at that hour around my parents house used to be pretty common with both my father and I on-call for the local hospital that we both worked for…but that was years ago.  Now when the phone rings that that hour it usually isn’t very good news.

My mom came in to my room and told me Scott was on the phone….what could be wrong?  Scott informed me that there had been a shooting incident at the Baku Oil University, very near the Embassy.  He wanted to let me know so that when I heard about it on the news I wouldn’t worry.  He seemed to think it was an isolated incident.

Here’s a link to the story.

These senseless incidents seem to be happening more and more around the world.  It is such a shame that these troubled individuals aren’t able to find help and think that these acts of violence are the only way to solve their problems.


April 29, 2009


Posted in Journal at 6:40 am by Jenn

I arrived back in the USA at 3:45pm on Monday, after a very long day of travel.  I’m at my parents with Max and we are both glad to be back in the land of plenty!

I have an exam due on Friday and a paper due on May 8th, so I’ll be busy during the day with that for the next week.  I plan to spend my evenings knitting and spinning.

The jet lag hasn’t been too bad, but I have a feeling it will catch up to me…please let it be AFTER this exam is completed.

More later.  Max needs one last potty break in the YARD before we hit the sack.

There’s no place like home.  It’s true.

April 23, 2009

Ready to go?

Posted in Journal at 4:30 pm by Jenn

A month ago when someone asked me when I was leaving Baku, the day didn’t seem like it could get here fast enough.  Now I’ve only got 3 full days left and I am feeling anxious…there are still things that I want to do.  There are people and routines that I am going to miss, but at the same time I’m ready to get on that plane and leave it all behind me.

I really have met some amazing people here and it will be sad to leave them behind.  One great thing about meeting all these people from all over the world is the anticipation of seeing them again someday and actually having real people from other parts of the world to stay in touch with.  This is something that people who live their whole life in one place don’t have a chance to experience.  Yes the goodbyes are difficult, yes they make you sad, but only for a little while.  Soon you move on to a new place, and make new friends and develop new routines and the friends you’ve made along the way are still right there, in email, in Christmas cards and sometimes in person, and that’s what you look forward to.

Suddenly Susan

Posted in Journal at 4:18 pm by Jenn

My CRSS (can’t remember shit syndrome) is back.  I can’t for the life of me remember where I first heard about Susan Boyle, but after seeing her name AGAIN today on my yahoo homepage I finally decided to check out youtube to see what the fuss was all about. 

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I definitely wasn’t expecting what I found.  I was truly amazed, and overwhelmed (that means I cryed) by the performance.  If you haven’t seen it you really should pop over to youtube and take a peek, it’s well worth watching.

She seems like a very humble person…a person who set out to acheive a goal…and did so.  I’m not sure what other goals she’s set for herself, but I hope that some of them have to do with money because I’m quite certain that she’ll be making her fair share in the very near future.  I have probably watched the video 20 times now and I never get tired of seeing the dollar signs scrolling through Simon’s eyes!  Wishing you much success Susan!

April 17, 2009

National Gallery of I Don’t Think So

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 7:51 pm by Jenn

I’m in my final days now.  I have less than two weeks left in Baku and so many things left to do before I go.  Last week I knocked out the Carpet Museum, riding the Funicular and attempted a visit to the National Art Gallery.  I say attempted because we (me and Missy) actually went in, purchased tickets and then decided against the visit….why you ask?  Well, because they want you to check your coat, your purse and your camera….um, I don’t think so!  Why do they feel it’s necessary to take my coat everywhere I go?  I don’t want to take my coat off…I’m cold, thank you very much!  And really?  You want me to leave my purse with you?  Again, I don’t think so.  I am not going to leave my purse with my money, my identification, my credit cards, my cell phone and house keys at coat check in the United States of America – so don’t expect me to leave it in a country where the price I pay for pashminas depends on the mood of the salesman and the language I am speaking!  As for the camera…well that’s just ridiculous…we said we wouldn’t take pictures, the camera was packed away in the camera bag…they follow so close to you that you can practically smell their breath so what’s the big deal of wanting to keep an expensive item like a camera in our possession?  If it falls of the hook and breaks or someone steals it are they going to compensate us for the loss…NOPE!  So therefore, not leaving it….or any of the other stuff….just give us our money back!

The woman at the checking station was rather offended and the guard didn’t seem very happy either.  I understand they have a job to do, but at least if you are going to take someones valuables offer a locker area to keep them in at least….even the grocery store has that much – and I don’t leave my purse in the locker there either!

Hopefully my visit this week to the Palace in the Old City and the Modern Art Gallery will be better.

April 13, 2009

Looking forward to Chile

Posted in Journal at 3:51 pm by Jenn

This morning when I took Max out for a potty break we ran in to our neighbor who asked if I had received the email she’d sent on Chile.  I hadn’t, but as soon as I got back up to the apartment I looked for it, read it and here’s a link.

Sounds like a lot of interesting things to see and do…of course, having a car would probably make that a LOT easier!

Oh, and Jess – 2,600 miles!  Lots of coast to cover!

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