i moved out...i now live alone in a 3 room apartment. i'm not going to lie...the place isn't exactly classy. however, it will do. i have taken pictures and i plan on uploading them tomorrow. but first, i'll describe my situation:
i have one living room, one bedroom, and one room i like to call the blueberry room (it is overwhelming blue). the blueberry room is probably supposed to be the kitchen, however, the kitchen is on my balcony instead. this is a common scenario for azerbaijan. to clarify, my balcony is completely window-ed. so, it isn't like i'm cooking outside. but close. it isn't exactly properly closed in either. but oh well!
my bedroom was originally locked off. it is also common for azeri landlords to fill a room with storage, lock it, and prevent you from using it. luckily, my great friend/azeri teacher gulshan convinced the landlord to reconsider. now i sleep in this room...however, the bed is just about the only thing i'm allowed to touch. the funniest thing about the bed, however, is that it is too short for me...and i'm just shy of 5'5". the bed situation isn't so hot, but i was spoiled at my host family.
the living room is fine, but the clashing is amazing. i can't wait to upload pictures of it. the rugs on the wall clash with the rug on the couch which clashes with the rug on the wall. it is very azeri to "rug" the home.
i have internet access. HOORAY
the blueberry room seems to be the favorite of visitors...there is something comforting about it. it is small and next to the kitchen. and, as i mentioned, very blue. i don't sleep there because there is no door btw the blueberry room and the balcony (LOUD).
i have toilet room separate from the shower room. the water is heated electrically. not having the gas kalonka option is usually frowned upon because electricity is much more expensive. however, i'm in a gachgin apt (IDP/internally displaced person). This means that the government pays for a high portion of my electric use.
i'm on a 5th floor walk up, which i'm entirely used to bc of NYC. actually, the floors are shorter here, so it feels more like a nyc 4th floor walk up. could be better, could be worse. it is nice being on the top floor...i don't have as many neighbors. i'm also next to the largest mosque in mingechevir. i very much like my neighborhood...i'm close to my favorite park as well. in general, i'm the volunteer who is farthest away from the city center. but, again, this isn't a big city. everything is close by. i'm used to places that are far larger.
on to other things in life....
i'm busy these days. right now my sitemate andrea is living with me for a short bit. to make a long story short, her host family situation ended really badly...and at the same time, her apartment fell through. i like having a roommate right now, so it works out fine. i just hope she finds a good home.
we started softball season here, which is really fun. i like "work" being "playing softball". other things i'm involved with:
as a member of the environmental committee, i'm doing a lot of work for earth day...for the committee and for my site.
i started teaching a computer class to kids at the IDP school (again, internally displaced persons). A word on that: azerbaijan has one of the largest internal refugee populations in the world. This is due to the armenia-azerbaijan conflict. currently, they are in a stalemate and the sentiments are bitter. so, there are many azeri IDPs from formerly azeri, but now armenian lands who have been relocated all over the country. these people have a special status and sometimes they receive special funds from the government. sadly, many families live inside the schools. just about every school in azerbaijan has clothes lines hanging outside of it.
lastly, i'm working with a kid's environmental club.
so, as you can see, i'm not doing a lot of business oriented work. this is a shame. but, at the same time it's nice not to be working in an office.