Kent Hotel Ankara
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... our lifeline.
What more to add, save the journey into eastern Turkey from Tuesday morning; final beers in the dining car that night; savouring the platforms of Kayseri and Sivas stations...
Now I'm not known for my early rising, but whilst many of us slumbered on, the rise of mountains and the approach of the wild had me playing ' Name that Animal' with Iman at the corridor window. Seabhac/shahin (i.e. hawk) was ...
... asked him where he s from and he said Seattle! I wish him lucks with the Seahawks since this could be their year... Very surprisingly, as soon as we entered Iraqi airspace we were in clouds! This wasn't supposed to happen! We were supposed to have crystal clear blue skies with unlimited visibility. Instead next thing we knew we picked up a little ice on our pitot heat intake and our airspeed started to decrease. This was the kind of thing we had to worry about around Iqaluit, ...
... Ronaldo), the bus driver, and either another bus driver and a couple of their friends or so it seems.
We left Van early Tuesday morning at 9am onwards to Van, arriving 4.30am the following morning.
The journey was very long and arduous, and it just isnt something I will ever get used to. Every few hours the bus would stop at road restaurants along the way where there are men outside waiting ...
... the city and also the highest. The original walled city. The whole city is very hilly. Then we went to the Museum and Mausoleum of
the Attaturk, the Father of Turkey. This
man is to Turkey what George Washington is to the US. After World War I, he turned Turkey into the
secular republic that it is today.
Freedom of religion. Mandated
education for boys AND girls. Made a
... half the price of Istanbul. We then braved a heaving supermarket which turned out to be cheap as chips! So thank you for having us briefly Ankara but see you probably never again.
Our campsite was 20 odd kms south of Ankara on a lake. It was quite nice and we were the only ones there. The campsite was connected to a hotel so we went in for a drink and got a free fruit platter - nice touch - then bed.
Tomorrow another early rise and we drive to Cappadocia.