Arrived in good order in Baku

michael gurstein gurstein at
Fri Nov 2 22:24:22 EDT 2012

I arrived yesterday midday ontime (Turkish Airlines via Istanbul) and after
a wee bit of to-ing and fro-ing around the visa (they didn't seem to have
the procedures quite worked out for IGF folks but nothing major) and was
very kindly escorted to a waiting van (Parminder had arrived earlier and was
waiting for us to arrive in the van).  They then drove us into town and
directly to the apartment that I had rented in the centre (through AirBnB)
where the young lady (she spoke excellent English) helped us get comfortably
settled into the apartment.  


Everything worked quite well, with reasonable efficiency and sufficient good
humour and would wish the same for everyone else.


(Took a taxi last night to go to dinner with a friend--taxi driver didn't
seem to know the city at all and drove around and around (I had negotiated a
price with him before we started). Ended up about 10 minutes walk from where
we started
 The friend knew a marvellous if fairly expensive 500 (?) year
old restaurant with fantastic food and traditional Azari music in the old
city very near to where we have rented the apartment.)




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[mailto:bestbits-request at] On Behalf Of Brett Solomon
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2012 2:36 AM
To: Claudio Ruiz
Cc: Ginger Paque; Jeremy Malcolm; <bestbits at>
Subject: Re: Best wishes for Best Bits without me


 I just got here (18 hours late) - the visa situation was interesting, but
got through unscathed. Now to brave the taxis at 2am :) Brett

On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM, Claudio Ruiz <claudio at>

I'm in the same situation. I'm in London because of my Baku flight was
cancelled. I'm arriving tomorrow night. 



El viernes, 2 de noviembre de 2012 a las 12:58, Ginger Paque escribió:

Sorry to hear this, Jeremy! However, I do think you have organized so well
that, indeed, the meeting will be a great success and a solid, productive
start to the IGF. See you online in remote participation!

Best wishes and safe travels to all.

Ginger (Virginia) Paque

VirginiaP at
Diplo Foundation
Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme



On 2 November 2012 06:23, Jeremy Malcolm <jeremy at> wrote:

I am writing from Dubai airport, where I am likely to be staying until
tomorrow having missed my connecting flight due to a flight delay.
Therefore, I don't expect to be at Best Bits tomorrow.

Obviously this is a great disappointment to me personally, but since my
involvement in Best Bits has been mostly behind the scenes, I don't expect
that it need have any effect on the success of your discussions and
deliberations tomorrow.

Andrew has the details of how to establish the web conference - though he
may ask one of you to lend him your webcam-enabled computer to use for this
- and so I may even be able to connect to Best Bits remotely before I arrive
in person.

All the best to each of you, and I look forward to hearing how you made this
a great meeting in my absence.

Jeremy Malcolm PhD LLB (Hons) B Com
Internet and Open Source lawyer, consumer advocate, geek
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