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Monday, 05. November 2012. The day me and few more members and fellows of Diplo Foundation group arrived to the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Baku, early morning. We met at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, and at that instant you could feel the positive energy. So, I knew this would be great experience! Didn't know how great, though.
A bit tired from the trip and from waiting for lost baggage, finally we were on our way to the hotel. At some point, I don't know if I was that tired and sleepy or the Azeri driver was a bit of a jocker, but it seemed that he was driving us round and round. Was it a deja vu or I was seeing some buildings over and over again? But amazing infrastructure, I must admit. On the one side all beautiful houses, huge buildings, very daring architecture, rich and modern cars, but on the other side ruined houses and cars from some forgotten time. Gold and gray world. Until we arrived to the hotel, we saw a lot of large pictures and statues of their actual president, but of the former one, his father, as well.
Finally at the hotel! But instead of going to sleep, I went to meet other Diplo Foundation members. After a heartfelt meeting, cuple of us agreed to go sightseeing around Baku. This was great opportunity to meet this people and to realise they were all about the action and passion, in life and when it comes to work. My kind of people!
After few hours spent in Baku, we were ready to go and to have some rest before having our first meeting with all Diplo Foundation team.
It was amazing having people from all kind of different parts of the world in one place, with the same goal – to do our best and benefit as much as possible in terms of learning. We agreed that this IGF will be very challenging and there were a lot of tasks to be performed. And we wanted to do it the best way possible.
At the end of the evening, the whole team went to the restourant for some „team building“. :-) I am sure the rest of the team will agree that we had more fun and laughter at the restourant than food. What we descovered is that Azeri look out for your helth and they do not allow you too eat too much. Small slices of meat are just enough for you, and that's the end of the discussion! :-)
Bed time – getting up early.