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Today we had a long drive to Tatvan on Lake Van. To do that we headed south to Mardin a town only 15 - 20 km from the Syrian border. Turkey has a lot of refugees from Syria and they are maintained in tent camps which we saw. Also saw many people begging on the street (mostly women) and were told they were Syrian.
In Mardin we went to a Madrasa which was some 500 yrs old. It still has some function as a madrasa ...
So, that's us one week into our three week ride already and I thought that it is a good time to cast an eye back over the past week.
Some of you may be interested in the cost of doing something like this. Well, before we left we thought that we'd like to stick to a budget of €100 per day and happily, even though we deny ourselves nothing we are averaging €85 per day this week. Yes ...
... ferry, due in just over half an hour. Chai time.
The ferry was a tired looking old thing, but she will most likely be retired when the new bridge opens. £2.25 each saw us deposited on the opposite side and straight onto three or four kilometres of gravel road. Deep joy.
The middle part of our day was mundane enough but the afternoon took a turn for the better as we motored between Besiri and Baykan on a mountain road ...
... compensation which can be used toward relocating his family to a new housing complex up the valley. The new homes there will cost 180,000 TL. Another homeowner was giving tours of his cave property with view for $1.
We continued up the path to nice view points above the village. The broken arch remains of the old bridge, Eski Köprü, is in the Tigris River. And the green ...
... four of us were going to have to work as a team if we should survive this journey. Especially since the word 'express’ was to be taken lightly, the train would be moving about 40km an hour.
Nasrin knew enough English, merged with hand signals, for us to have a conversation. Explanations were a long game, comprehension took longer, but we soon learnt that Nasrin was a married 25 years old Iranian and was travelling with her Aunt Aryan. They ...