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2016, 08 Dekabr, Cümə axşamı, Bakı vaxtı 13:56

Life In Baku After The European Games


Azerbaijan -- The logo of the Baku 2015 European Games is seen on a pontoon at the Caspian Sea in Baku, June 10, 2015

Azerbaijan -- The logo of the Baku 2015 European Games is seen on a pontoon at the Caspian Sea in Baku, June 10, 2015

Now that the Euro Games are over, life is slowly coming back to its usual pace in Baku. The happiest of all seem to be the drivers. Finally the lanes designated for EuoGames only are open to normal traffic. What else has changed or remained the same? A few things.

Some of the larger cars, trukcs and cars with plates registered outside of Baku are still kept at a distance from the city. The ban on their entrance was extended until July 10.

The new airconditioned metro trains are still running but together with the old ones.

No longer one can find friendly police officers or volunteers wearing "ask me" t-shirts.

Gone are also the "men in grey" - police officers wearing great suites with red ties and pins indicating they were the police. Instead, Baku is witnessing its usual police officers, back on the streets, in their usual uniforms and the usual attitude.

Unfortunately, charging a device with the help of a solar charge is no longer is possible. Out of six available stations, only one remains alive.

And surely, back are the street vendors, who are especially happy to be back and continue selling lemons, clothes, and other goods.

But some places are empty, like the athletes' village which was home to some 6000 international athletes.

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