A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Baku, Azerbaijan
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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.