Baku is a hidden jewel by the Caspian. It’s the prettiest city I’ve lived in.

They don’t celebrate Christmas here, but they do New Year’s with Santa Claus. They’ve adopted this tradition from the Russians. Instead of elves, Santa in Azerbaijan has Snegurochka. She is the granddaughter of Santa, and also a famous character in Russian folklore.

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Baku also has these amazing blue skies which I can’t get enough of. This photo was taken in the park near the Filharmonija.

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