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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Baku, Azerbaijan
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Think twice before coming here. Fortunately, I was offered a magnificent employment package to come here, otherwise, I would never work here. So, make sure you have a good accommodation allowance, a per diem (daily living allowance) and a transport allowance. However, if you do come here you will see why most expats DO NOT drive here. It has to be the worst city in the world for hellish driving conditions, wreckless driving and awful motor vehicle pollution. (Continue)
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I lived in Baku for 3 years in the late 90s, have visited since and still keep in touch with many Azeri friends. Even as a woman I never experienced people staring at me even though foreigners were far less common at that time. I found the people warm, friendly and incredibly well educated and cultured. As for expecting the average Azeri to speak English, I am dumbfounded! The country certainly has its problems - a legacy of neglect and economic decline from the days of the Soviet Union together with serious and pervasive corruption, but the people are incredibly resilient and I found much to admire there.
A reader replied recently with:
I don't know who wrote this, but I have spent much time in Baku and the country of Azerbaijan, the people there have all been friendly, considerate and a pleasure to be around. I am in contact with my friends there and would not think twice if I had an opportunity to return. Yes it is expensive, but you make sure your contract covers your needs.
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Expat Report Culture Shock in Baku, Azerbaijan was published
Culture-Shock-in-Baku
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Do some reading up on the culture before you come. Once you have arrived, remind yourself that the learning curve is steep at the beginning. If possible plan travel both within the country and abroad--it will feel more like home when you return from a trip (Continue)
Expat Report Moving to Baku, Azerbaijan was published
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Check out traffic patterns before you lease during rush hour -- it can take 2 hours to drive 5 kilometers at rush hour on a Friday evening when the wedding palaces are having their parties -- it isn't even possible to park and walk home because the traffic is so dysfunctional. (Continue)

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