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My good friends Gene and Will are on my flight from Chicago with another friend who I'm meeting for the first time on this tour. We join up with another tour member as soon as we land in Munich this morning, and race to the gate where our Lufthansa flight for Ankara departs soon after we get there.
It is raining when we land in Ankara at …
... of my things into my flat as Zeki is coming to stay with me on saturday, so today I could have done with a rest. However my body was not happy about all of the stairs that we had to climb so it decided to give me a horrible pain in my hip so I had to hobble around the castle. I was glad I went though, because it was an amazing view of the city and I got some great panorama shots. But when we got ...
... Now doctors have to unite with four others to form clinics, and private and state hospitals see patients in a timely manner, without bribery. The unemployed are paid 200TL ($100), and they receive a green card, which allows them medical coverage. The unemployment rate is about 10% right now. National service is compulsory. You can postpone service for legitimate reasons until age 36, and once you are signed up, you are part of ...
... ride is smooth and quiet. We are crossing the high Anatolian plateau and the countryside is undulating and semi-arid. For miles we follow the shore of the great salt lake of Tuz Gülü, one of the largest saline lakes in the world. The scene is pretty tedious and we bury ourselves in books or nod off.
Half way there we make a short stop at a huge service centre, with petrol station, restaurants, shops and gleaming toilets. l walk ...
... land of 'fairy chimmneys', or dwellings carved out of caves and cone-shaped rock (tufa) protrusions, was better than we'd imagined. Spent a couple of days getting happily lost amongst valleys of these peculiar formations, dancing with some pastry chefs and australians, and lazing around on the hot hot roof terrace. Since leaving the coast, the weather has felt distinctly English, the temperature ...
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