Travel Blogs from Ankara
... Schumacher. We were nearing Germany with the active, aggressive driving. When compared to where we had been, this was a massive change. I didn't think we'd be filming traffic once we left India, but there we were driving by the seat of our pants. We definitely wanted to indulge in some good Turkish food and an Efes while in Ankara. The restaurant suggested by our handling agent was perfect, although we did have to enjoy a half liter of ayran instead of beer since it was a ...
... difficulty that we've encountered in Ankara is that no one spoke a word of English, despite it being the capital city and an important business center. No one in the stores, restaurants, or even banks understood us or even young people. This made communication very tough and frustrating. The reason for this is that there aren't any tourists in Ankara, so no one thought it necessary to teach English in schools. ...
... say hello to my friends! They asked me about the flight, the movies on the plane, the room, the people, and the weather! Everyone was really interested and I liked seeing them.
Afterwards, people who work for the meeting, including the president of the Turkish Otolaryngology Congress, took us out for dinner. We ate many foods, such as kebabs and eggplant. It was really good, but a HUGE feed. My mom and I agreed ...
... the customs process. It turned out that we owed them money because the van overstayed its welcome in Jordan… we had been careful to renew visas and car insurance, but we hadn't thought that the customs license would expire. Nine different steps were required to get out of Jordan.
And then, the dreaded Syria border… dreaded because it I not at all assured that they will grant the visa at the border crossing… it was a nightmare coming south. As it turned out, the ...
... Turkish meals. They took me shopping and sight-seeing and made me feel blessed to have them as friends once again. Yalcin even took me to the bus early Sunday morning for my 10 hour trip to Malatya.
In addition to seeing Ankara with Yalcin and his family I also had some time to go exploring with my co-ELFs. Two members of our group were here last year and their experience with the language and customs helped as we explored shops, tried a couple ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet