Emin, founder/chief Green and Healthy Living Officer

"All we got is what we love."
"С нами то, что мы любим."
As long as I remember myself I always was passionate about art. I fell in love with photography at some certain time. Photography is about capturing the moment which you will remember forever. But sometimes our mind plays games with us and you can forget the moment and experience, but once you pop up on the photo taken even 10 years ago, memories are so bright again. As a momentum catcher, I was travelling quite a lot and in every country, I visited I met amazing people and heard beautiful stories. When you hear a story about different countries, experiences, travels, traditions and cultures, this is what motivates me to travel more. That is how idea of Zion started, as a space for both locals and traveler to share their experiences and advices.

I remember the first time the idea of hostel glimpsed into my mind. I was in Istanbul in a forest on an island, surrounded by nature and I felt absolute harmony. Do you know this feeling when you understand that all you were doing in your life was leading to this point? The simple idea caught my mind. I thought that none of the hostels I ever stayed in met my expectations. And here, in the forest, surrounded by centuries old trees the only thing missing was a bed. Idea was born. It took some time, efforts and motivation to make it happen. Here, in Zion, we cherish nature and adventurous minds. It is a combination of green space and a place to communicate, share experiences and celebrate mother Earth. Find me in Zion and I will share my stories with you.
MaKo, co-founder/chief Steel Art and Stories Officer
"Bona Fide and Temet Nosce."
How a former Oil & Gas employee came to an idea of eco hostel? Everything is always simple. My story begins when I was in a high school. I dropped school in a last year and went to serve in an army. When I came back from army, I had an opportunity to start my career in Oil & Gas. I was not fond of industry, but full coverage insurance and decent salary made a choice for me. When you are, a school drop out in Azerbaijan, with no higher education and just finished service in army, the choice is pretty much made for you. However, I don't regret those years in Oil & Gas. I tried to escape thoughts of the damage that the industry does to the nature by diving into the art. I was fascinated by the beauty of metal construction and rigs. Ever since I kid I was interested in machinery, and growing up I liked spend time with my motorcycle, cleaning and fixing it. I believe that the metal is a natural resource as plants, trees, rivers, mountains and seas.

One day I was home and was dying to smoke a cigarette, however I had no lighter. As I never run from challenges I made a lighter from home materials, and I loved it. This is how my metal craftsmanship started. Ever since, I made and sold hundreds of lighters and never stopped working with metal. One day I met Emin and we matched win our ideas, life perception and mindsets. We both loved to travel, meet new people and share experiences. With every minute of talking the idea was becoming more and more feasible. A green place for travelers around the world, where they can share their stories, find a local advice and celebrate nature. We decided do dive into ZION adventure, though many people were saying that it will not work out. Eco conscious hostel in a city with no trees? Well, come to ZION and you will see that there is no such thing as impossible, when you have passion and a good friend.

Rufat, co-owner/chief Winer and Marketing Guru
"Today's gonna be legen...wait for it...dary!"
Before starting my story, I need to say that my life has "before" and "after" moments. First, is when I moved to Kiev and fell in love with the art of marketing and advertising. Second is the moment I opened the comic book which happened to be a comic book about my absolute favorite super hero of all the time – Batman (pronounce it right!). In fact, these two moments have influenced what I am doing now more than you can imagine!

Being the main ringleader of the ZION, I am always on move, ready for something new and unpredictable, endless parties and acquaintance with beautiful people from all over the world.

For me, staying in hostels always has been some kind of a ritual. Since my first trips, I remember an excitement of staying in hostels - meeting fellow travelers, local people and experiencing culture of the country at its very best. I believe that hostels are cultural hubs; nowhere else one can find this unique atmosphere, fascinating stories and great people.

Being a child of the night, I bring another game to ZION. A Game of adventures, parties with the most beautiful sunrises in the world and late-night rooftop talks underneath the planets dead ages ago. Find me in ZION and I will show you another Baku. Baku you may not imagine exists.
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