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    Uh, Baku Then?

    Right. So my application for tickets to this year's Europa League final has been successful. Slight problem (and no, I didn't consider trivialities like this before I applied, what do you think I am?): I'm in Dublin and it's in Baku. Now, I'd love to see that part of the world and go to that game but I've a string of other travel commitments this year and the cheapest return flight from Dublin is 470 with a stopover in either Frankfurt or Istanbul. Oh, and the flight doesn't get in until 05:30AM on the morning of the match. Given my precarious financial state the sensible thing to do here would be to take the hit on this one. Hoping someone here can convince me otherwise, to be honest.

    Anyway, anyone ever been to Baku? Any tips in the event that I end up there?

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    A Chelsea-supporting friend went there when our team played Qarabağ a couple of years ago and spoke very highly of the place.

    Funnily enough, I just received a WhatsApp message from another Chelsea mate who said "a little birdy told me our allocation for Baku, should we get there, in a stadium holding over 60K, could be minuscule as there are no spare planes to charter due to the Boeing crisis."

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      #3
      Don't you need a visa? When I was living in Istanbul I looked at going there for a Wales match, flight tickets were expensive and inconvenient. Hope you make it out there.

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        #4
        It looks alright in Le Bureau (one storyline in Series 3 is set in Baku).

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          #5
          The early 20th century city centre by the water is really quite lovely.

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            #6
            Reg, you'll end up knackered and skint and have moments where you question your sanity and wish you'd never embarked on the whole ridiculous idea, but you will seriously, seriously regret it in years to come if you don't go.

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              #7
              Much as I'd have loved to heed that advice TRL I've had to forego the tickets, sadly. Maybe next time.

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                #8
                I went to Baku in 1994, before any of the new supermodern stuff went up. It was then just the medieval old city and the things the soviets had built like the hotels. Still one of the most interesting places I've ever visited.

                I'd recommend at least recreating the experience of dining in a Caraban Serai on the Silk Road by sitting on a cushion on the floor in your lounge around a posh rug and having a mezze of salads and cold cuts with dolmas followed by kebabs and pilovs (rice and stewed meat). Candlelit.
                Last edited by Rogin the Armchair fan; 06-04-2019, 18:52.

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