Here’s a glimpse of life in Baku. I wasn’t preaching today because I asked another member of the congregation to continue the series on “The Parables.” I did look after communion in the service. (For communion, we have everyone come forward, take a piece of bread, dip it in a cup of juice and return to their seat). Anyway, it was a good service. The crowd was smaller due to summer holidays but some people who have been gone home for a couple months are starting to come back.
Most Sundays we tend to go out for lunch. Today it was MacDonalds, something we don’t do very often. We met a number of other families from the church and visited over lunch. We came home for a quiet afternoon. Rhonda and I read and had a nap. The kids coloured, read, played and hung out. We had supper and then decided to head down to the waterfront.The area along the Caspian Sea is know as “The Boulevard” and is very busy and very popular. Azeris come out at night and hang out in the parks and common areas of the city. Tonight there were thousands of people there. I kid you not. It was so busy. There are amusement rides for the kids, peddlers of all kinds of junk, people to take your picture, games of chance, restaurants and cafe, a boat ride on the Caspian, beggars, musicians and everything else. The kids went on a few rides and we all went on the ferris wheel.
The temperature down at the sea at 8:00 PM this evening was 28 C and humid. This July, we are told, has been cooler than most, but we are now going into the hottest month, August. Hopefully it will also be cooler than normal, we won’t complain about that. The walk along the Boulevard is always a cultural experience and while interesting we know we aren’t in Canada anymore.
While we were out I turned on the water to fill our tank. We fill it every other day and I almost forgot that this was water day. The system works pretty well but its a pain having to remember to fill the tank. Plus, we have no inside water while it is filling which is unusally at dinner time.
We got home and the kids had some fruit for a snack. We washed Jacob’s feet (he loves to wear sandals and his feet were black). A friend of Michaella’s is spending the week-end while her parents are out of town, they’ll sleep in the living room tonight where the air conditioning works better.
So another Sunday has come and gone. We are learning to watch for the rhythms of life in this country; adjusting to and even enjoying it at times. Hope you have a good week ahead. Blessings, David