Life in Baku
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 15, 2013 10:01 AM Last Post By: itchyfeetify
Dec 12, 2012 4:17 PM
Life in BakuAnyone live/lived in Baku and would be interested in sharing their thoughts/observations either on this thread or by pm?
I'm considering a job option and just beginning to research it so right now I have very little idea.
I'm interested in general life stuff. Access to fresh fruit/vegies (I'm a vegetarian). Safety. Lifestyle. Is there good gym/swimming pool? How easy/expensive is it to get out of the country for short breaks.
Right now I know nothing so all information much appreciated.
Dec 12, 2012 10:39 PM
1I quite liked living in Baku. There city is a cool mix of old and new, connected yet off-the-beaten track. There are fruit and veg everywhere. It's as safe as any other Eastern European capital. There's plenty of stuff to do and weekend trips are easy to Sheki or more traditional Lahic or beautifully set Xinaliq
Dec 12, 2012 11:16 PM
Any idea about swimming (in a lap pool). I'm a pretty keen swimmer and it is something I take into account when I'm deciding on a new country to live in.
Also how is the costs? Things I'm reading seem to suggest it's quite expensive. The salary would probably be in the range of $50,000 USD. For me that's one of the drawbacks. I'm not super keen on being paid in USD.
Dec 13, 2012 12:14 AM
3I'm not a swimmer, so i know nothing about it.
Baku is pretty expensive in general. Same costs as... say... Warsaw or Bratislava. I had a studio apartment, next to the old city, between the president's office and the Caspian sea. I paid $400/month. But i was lucky, and that was 4 years ago. Costs have gone up since then. But transport is cheap, alcohol is very cheap and things like the philharmonic or theatre are ridiculously cheap. I was only making around $30,000 and had a great time. I ate out a lot, i travelled every other weekend...
Dec 13, 2012 8:47 AM
I had no real problems getting fed in Baku (but that was as a tourist not as resident)
Dec 13, 2012 4:38 PM
5Thanks. It helps knowing that you were good on $30,000 fluffy. It's really hard for me to judge costs - I've been living in Asia for a long time.
Dec 13, 2012 4:39 PM
6Oh and good to hear from a vegetarian. Sounds like I'd be fine. As long as buying fresh stuff is easy I'm happy to cook. I'm in Japan right now and it's a nightmare for a vegetarian (if you want to eat out) so I doubt it would be worse there.
Jan 17, 2013 12:20 AM
7There are many direct flights from EU and other destinations. The city is lovely, people are good. No problem to find gym, swimming pool, etc. Hotels are quite expensive, you can check in booking...
There are also some expats internet forums like this, that also might help: http://www.expatexchange.com/azerbaijan/liveinazerbaijan.html.
But I would personally go there for much more then USD 50,000 per annum
Mar 15, 2013 7:58 AM
I'm a single 33 yo woman moving to Baku in a few months. I'm wondering about the social scene for a single woman? and the possibilities of meeting different people? (ie. not just male oil workers in western bars). Are there any kinds of social clubs or events you suggest I get involved in? I realise you're male but maybe you met women in a similiar situation to me...
I'm also vegetarian, many restaurants with vege choices?
I'll be moving there for a two year contract.
Btw, would love to know more about your experiences, but I don't think the personal message service is available anymore...
Edited by: itchyfeetify
Mar 15, 2013 8:12 AM
9I used to play Ultimate Frisbee on the weekends. The groups consisted of mixed male/female and local/foreigners. Look for "Baku Evil Eyes" on Facebook. Hash House Harriers have a good following in Baku. CouchSurfing has taken off since i helped build the community there. They sometimes do activities.
I had a friend who was veggie. While i don't remember any Veggie specific restaurant there always seemed to be something on the menu she could eat.
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