International Club of Berne

Club Meeting: Central Asia

Tuesday, 27th August 2019 at 7pm

Location: Hall at the Bruder Klaus church, Ostring 1

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We will have a very interesting special club meeting on the theme of the countries of Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. It's not in the Newsletter, because this opportunity comes up at only this time.

Michael Tschanz of www.chtour.ch will talk about Azerbaijan and his cultural tour activities.

In 1993 Michael was working for the International Committee of the Red Cross, in the conflict aresa of Berg Karabach (which he may also tell us about)
He met his future wife Ayten in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

On the first Saturday of each month, CHTOUR organises guided tours. Several of our members have taken part, and they are reported on www.chtour.ch/blog/ (
in German). The next tours are on 7 September, to Avenches and St. Maurice, and on 5 October to Solothurn and we can heartily recommend them.

ALso CHTOUR plans a one-week tour from 11 to 18 September to important places of the Savoy dynasty in France and Italy, and a tour from 13 to 20 November to Azerbaijan, returning through Georgia. Anyone interested should see the details on www.chtour.ch and make contact with Michael as soon as possible.


Marianne Hofer
will talk about Uzbekistan  and her air project. She introduces herself: "I'm Swiss, and I've been there three times and last time stayed there for 9 months. I have been running a blog about Uzbekistan (www.sariq-qiz.com) which aims provide information and show people the beauty of the country. Furthermore, I want to do a project for women in Samarkand, which will create jobs for woman and promote traditional crafts.

Visit  Website: www.sariq-qiz.com or look at Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sariq_qiz/

At some time in the future we hope to have an evening on the themes of Iran and Georgia. We would also discuss the New Silk Road projects and political and economic effects. 

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Graham wrote
at 8:23am on Monday, 26th August 2019
The second speaker on Uzbekistan is Zarema, member of Meetup and the ICB. She was born in Baku and has photos to show the artistic and touristic sites.

The second speaker on Azerbaijan is Arif Mammadov, ICB member and Toastmaster. Arif works at the their mbassy in Bern. He will talk about history, culture, people, art, cuisine, and tourism destinations.
Graham wrote
at 8:15am on Monday, 26th August 2019
The tours that Michael Tschanz and CHTOUR.CH offer are guided in German with English translated when asked.

Below from his web page translated into English by deepl.com, the best artificial tranlator at the moment.

7 September 2019 Places of origin of Christianity.
In Avenches we see the oldest Christian objects in Switzerland. Then we visit the monastery founded in 515 in Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, the excavations, the famous monastery treasure. Finally, we go to the chapel where, according to tradition, the legendary Thebaic Legion was executed. https://www.chtour.ch/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Avenches-Saint-Maurice.pdf

From 11.-18. September 2019
We visit Chambéry and Turin, the two capital cities of the Savoy (picture: summer residence Venaria Reale), discover their spiritual centres (Superga, Oropa) and drive climate-friendly on historical railway lines.
https://www.chtour.ch/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Savoyen-Piemont-Sept2019.pdf

5 October 2019 Solothurn - a small town with a great history.
In the morning we are on our way in the old town, in the afternoon in the surroundings of the beautiful baroque town, characterised by monasteries and chapels.
https://www.chtour.ch/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Solothurn-5Okt2019.pdf

November 2, 2019
Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the idyll and the threat of nuclear war. In his Swiss Psalm III Dürrenmatt honours the Biel pacifist Arthur Villard. Our excursion begins in Biel. We then drive to the writer's homes in idyllic Schernelz and his last home in Neuchâtel. More details later.

From 13 to 20 November we will be in Baku, the capital of the Caspian Sea. We get to know the Azerbaijanis, a new nation in an old country, and the city.
https://www.chtour.ch/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Baku-November2019-31Jul2019.pdf
Christine wrote
at 9:01am on Friday, 23rd August 2019
Hello Graham, please confirm that this talk will be in English, not in German
Graham wrote
at 9:10am on Thursday, 22nd August 2019
See also https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Meetup-Bern/events/264188949/ - we expect 5 to 8 attendees from Meetup Berne.
Graham wrote
at 9:07am on Thursday, 22nd August 2019
The second speaker on Azerbaijan is Arif Mammadov, ICB member.

Arif currently serves as a Counsellor at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Bern. He has previous work experience at diplomatic missions in the Czech Republic and Canada, as well as Foreign Ministry in Baku. Holds MA in International Relations from Metropolitan University Prague and MBA from Ottawa University.


He will talk about history, culture, people, art, cuisine, and tourism destinations.

Graham wrote
at 12:16am on Wednesday, 21st August 2019
chtour.ch
Ausflüge und Reisen mit Kultur
Baku,Aserbaidschan, 13.-20. November 2019

Baku besuchen - warum?

Baku, die Millionenstadt am Kaspischen Meer, ist die Hauptstadt von Aserbaidschan. Liegt sie in Europa oder in Asien? Auf der Reise können Sie sich eine Meinung bilden.

Welche andere Stadt kannvon sich behaupten, sie sei eine Stadt der vier Elemente: Erde, Wasser,Luft und Feuer?

Dass die Stadt auf Erdegebaut ist, ist nicht ungewöhnlich. Es ist zwar in den letzten Jahren viel geteert und betoniert worden, aber es gibt noch einige Strassen mit Innenhöfen, in denen auf der sandigen Erde Bäumewachsen.

Die Stadtliegt am Wasser, genau am Kaspischen Meer, dem grössten Binnengewässer der Welt. Der Spiegeldes Kaspischen Meeres schwankt zwischenminus 29 und minus 26 Metern. Baku ist somit die grösste Stadt unter dem Meeresspiegel. Das ist schon etwas ungewöhnlich.

Was die Luft betrifft, so liegt die Stadt auf dem letzten Ausläufer des bis 5600 Metern hohen Kaukasusgebirges, und aus dieser speziellen Lage erklären sich die intensiven Windeund der ursprünglich persische Name der Stadt: «Badkube», Stadt der Winde.

Schliesslich ist Baku auch eine Stadt des Feuers. Zoroastrier aus Iran und Indien pilgerten während Jahrhunderten zum Feuertempel Ateshgah im Vorort Surachani. Wegen der Ausbeutung der Erdölvorkommen strömt dort kein natürliches Erdgas mehr aus dem Boden. Dafür ist der Ort Yanar Dagh erhalten geblieben, etwa 15 Kilometer ausserhalb der Stadt, wo auf einer Länge von einigen Metern aus dem Steppenboden Tag und Nacht meterhohe Flammenflackern.Diese natürlichen Flammen sind gewiss so eindrücklich wie die drei hohen, flammenförmigen Hochhäuser am Rand des Stadtzentrums.

Baku ist auch sonst eine Stadt der Kontraste. Moscheen, einstöckige Flachdachhäuser und Feigenbäume in Innenhöfen zeigen die Zugehörigkeit der Stadt zum Orient. Bauten in europäischen Baustilen erinnern an die Zeit des ersten Erdölboomsam Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts. Plattenbauten, eine Metro und allgegenwärtige Rohrleitungen sind Vermächtnisse der Sowjetunion. In den letzten Jahren sind viele moderne Bauten entstanden, avantgardistische Gebäudewie das Haydar Aliyev-Zentrum, aber auch allerlei postmoderner Neoklassizismus mit verschnörkelten Fassaden, die nachts beleuchtet sind wie Theaterkulissenund manchmal eine ältere Bausubstanz verbergen.

Die Bewohner der Stadt sind gegenüber Fremden freundlich, zuvorkommend, hilfsbereit und tolerant. Aber der Kontrast zwischen arm und reich ist sichtbar und spürbar. Nicht jeder Haushalt profitiert gleichermassen vom Reichtum des Erdöls.

Die Aserbaidschaner sind einevergleichsweise junge Nation. Im Zarenreich nannte man sie kaukasische Tataren. Historisch dürfte es sich um eine Bevölkerung kaukasischen und persischen Ursprungs handeln, die im Laufe der Jahrhunderte nach dem Zoroastrismus und dem Christentum den Islam angenommen und eine Turksprache der oghusischen Gruppe zur Verständigung übernommen hat.

Es gibt in Aserbaidschan auch Minderheiten, alle mit ihrer eigenen Sprache: Lesgier, Russen, Talyschen, Awaren, Türken, Tataren, Taten und viele andere.

Fast die Hälfte der neun Millionen Einwohner Aserbaidschans lebt in der Stadt Baku und derausgedehnten weiteren Umgebung.

Die Temperaturen schwanken in Baku Im November zwischen 7 und 14 Grad Celsius.

Wir sind in Baku oft zu Fuss unterwegs –bequeme Stadtschuhe mitnehmen.
Graham wrote
at 12:27am on Monday, 12th August 2019
From Marlene Hofer

I would be very glad to present Uzbekistan and/or my project to your club.

I'm not an Uzbek, but I've been three times so far and in total, I stayed there for 9 months. Since one year I have a blog about Uzbekistan (www.sariq-qiz.com). The aim of the blog is to fill the lack of information and also to show people the beauty of the country because the majority never heard about Uzbekistan or Central Asia. Furthermore, I want to do a project for women in Samarkand. That means I will create jobs for woman and promote traditional crafts.

Visit
Website: www.sariq-qiz.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sariq_qiz/
Graham wrote
at 12:25am on Monday, 12th August 2019
Introduction by Graham, programme, ICB events
Self-introduction by attendees

Michael Tschanz of www.chtour.ch Tours with Culture
coming day tours and longer tours

Arif Mammadov (First Secretary at the Embassy) on Azerbaijan

Michael Tschanz on the chtour trip to Baku, historical and cultural inpressions, ...

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Marlene Hofer on Ukbekistan (more in a later comment)

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