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... it had a long elasticated waist - result! When we got back Chris had become the latest victim of the sickness and diaorea bug so I had to relieve him from cook duty. Tonight was party night to drink up all the booze before going to Iran. Chris was obviously in no party mood and I was busy with cook group so instead of partying with the others until the wee hours I just had one vodka and lemonade and was off to ...
... routed towards Van lake, which is about 100 kilometres from here. And we're glad that we did it, because the landscapes we crossed today were simply breathtaking.
Geographically, Igdir sits is near the Armenian & Iranian border. However, before travelling here, I didn't know that the its third border is with Nakhichivan Autonomous Republic that belongs to Azerbaijan. We drove till the border of Armenia which was closed & all there was to see was the border sentry ...
... is still very much alive, much of the violence has subdued, allowing visitors to safely travel through the eastern part of Turkey.
We witnessed our first Kurdish communities on the drive south of Kars, noticing very little different outward appearance in the villages or amongst its people versus Turks: Kurdish settlements were traditional and conservative Muslim mostly farming-based villages with the requisite mosque and ...
... one locker opened and that was it, no looking at books, magazines, bit of an ante climax really,
We all traipsed in to have our passports stamped and then a couple of hours letting border control do whatever they do just to keep people hanging about for a couple of hours
We went off to get money changed, I changed over 90 Euros and I am now a millionaire, (I have 1.71 million Iranian Rials)
The shout went up, our passports ...
... showed up, didn’t have a clue what they were talking about, but they did show a lot of interest in the bus and tents, so we had to keep a close eye on both, they may have been innocent, but why chance it, so things were pretty much locked down
There was a hot water spring not far from us, but as usual we never had time to go look at it, it’s used by the locals quite a bit, so we were told
During the night the heavens opened up, ...
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