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As it has always been said, the IGF conference is just the final of all IG issues that take place through out the year, the experience of IGF12 was also at it's climax in Baku.
It all started with travel experiences, staying close to 24 hours in transit to a beautiful reception and acceptance in Baku. The city of fire as referred to Baku city by the locals, received us (Uganda delegation) late in the evening, very tired but all the complaints were subdued by the reception and the love at the Heydar Aliyev Airport.
Taken through the city with well lit streets, tall and well designed buildings of ancient architecture just kept us wondering where on Earth this beautiful city was hiding! The journey stress was finally washed off by the wonderful hospitality of the gals who pushed us to the hotel from the Airport.
Although we were tired and logically we only wanted to rest, we were warmly welcomed by the Diplo delegates at the QafQaz hotel who gave us only 20 minutes to freshen up and join them at the lobby. I was very tired, but could not imagine missing the introduction and start of adventure by the Diplo team. A move to a restaurant with good dishes followed the unbelievably amazing introduction of members. It was a blessing meeting the team of people I had been reading from with out hope or imagination of ever meeting.
Although I couldn't eat, I could tell the taste of the dishes from the people next to me. I couldn't fight off the natural forces of sleep and in few hours I went to bed.
The next days were described by meeting people with different culture and people who have made wonders in the world of Internet and IG, people willing to share their knowledge and expertise in the field of IG and people willing to take you around the place (Baku) plus the experience at the different booths.
A few glitches here and there just like any function, like Internet black outs, complaints of long queues at meals and some people missing meals could not go unnoticed but could not change the statement already written by the organising committee of the IGF12. The entire experience was amazing.
All the time, I kept thanking, with in my self, Diplo Foundation and Verisign for such a wonderful opportunity given to me.