Do you enjoy watching races? Maybe even participating in them? I have always enjoyed playing NFS on my console, does that count? Anyway, this summer I was lucky enough to attend the F1 in the real life. For those, who have not heard of it: it is an international form of auto racing, called Grand Prix. Now, I’d like to share my memories of June 2017 with you.
What is so cool about this post? The fact that Formula and my birthday befell on the same day.
The Formula One was held in Azerbaijan – the land of fire and winds, with gorgeous carpets and numerous historic sites. The country is situated in the Middle East, on the west shore of the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijan used to be a part of the Soviet Union, therefore, Russian is still widely spoken in the country. Nevertheless, today, this post-socialistic land is an independent nation and possesses individual traditions, cultural values and beliefs. One of Baku’s most famous places is Flame Towers.
Why is it so famous?
The architecture was designed to symbolize the fire flames – the country’s earliest religion – Zoroastrianism, which was popular during the 6th century B.C. Zoroastrians believed that fire represented God’s light and wisdom. Today, Flame Towers is Azerbaijan’s major tourist attraction and can be seen from almost every corner of the country.
Check the photos and make sure yourself!
June 22nd, 2017
Okay, what about the F1, after all? Well, the Baku City Circuit was held from the 23rd of June to the 25th. Nevertheless, all the events were operating one day prior to the start of the Grand Prix. Thus, on the 22nd of June, we’ve arrived at the Gosha Gala gate (each zone had its own entrance). Before proceeding, we’ve been given the Formula One bracelets and badges. The F1 area was isolated from the rest of the city and was designated mainly for the ticket holders. Whilst walking along the Baku Boulevard, we’ve been taking part in the amusing shows and enjoying various attractions. Honestly, most of our time we’ve spent on virtual reality simulators and slot machines.
After exploring the area, we went home to celebrate my birthday (yay!).
June 23rd, 2017
Okay, the first thing to say: I have never woken up so early on my birthday. The race was every day from 9am (or 10 can’t remember the exact time) till 12, in other words – way too early for the birthday girl. Our seats were in the Old City zone and the view was really nice. The only disadvantage was the lack of an awning because that day the sun decided to cook some human stakes out of us. Okay, okay, enough moaning, this was a great experience, for which I am forever thankful.
And as always, here are the shots.
In the evening, after the race was over, there was a concert on the boulevard. We went to the Black Eyed Peas concert where Nicole Scherzinger, somehow, was too.
Although we were not the real Formula One experts, we were glad to experience this in the real life. For those, who got interested in attending the F1 – it will be held in Baku city this year also! For more info regarding the Baku City Circuit, check this link. I would advise anyone, attending the race for the first time, to take ear plugs. This is the #1 must have. Oh, and a hat. Enjoy your day,
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