Baku, Azerbaijan, June 23
By Claude Salhani - Trend:
At first glance Baku might not strike you as a prime center of entertainment, but do not let appearances fool you. When it comes to entertainment Baku scores a high 9 out of 10.
Let's put things in perspective. Baku is Baku. It ain't Paris, London or New York City. But foreigners like Baku because it offers a wide variety of entertainment, at very reasonable prices, and in a safe environment. Who could ask for more?
Starting with restaurants and cinemas. You have enough variety in Baku to offer decent French, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Indian, etc. like any great city you will find al types of foods, from pizza to sushi.
As for the cinema, most English films it seems, are dubbed in Russian. So take one point away for that, but in all frankness, I much prefer to cuddle up on a couch with homemade popcorn, a soda and watch any of about 10,000 or more films I have access to on the web. I plug my computer into the large tv screen that's up on the wall, dim the light and its as good as it gets.
Baku gets a fair share of concerts that includes... are you ready for this... The Gypsy Kings.... Shade and Russian rock bands.
The results given here are purely based on this author's assumptions. They do not reflect an official report or statistical finding.
Ten is the maximum positive number and zero is the minimum. The author compared the ten criteria based on his experience living in other major cities, including Paris, London, Brussels and New York.
Thus, Baku gets 10 out of 10 for safety, cost of living and entertainment. The rest of the services, such as transportation, housing, communication, health services, ecology and state of roads are also at a very high level.
This is the third of 10 articles and each one will be looking at one of the topics mentioned here and reflect on the positive and negative aspects.
The first article can be found here.
The second article can be found here.
The third article can be found here
The fourth article can be found here
Claude Salhani is senior editor at Trend Agency and a political analyst. You can follow Claude on Twitter @ClaudeSalhani