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... that must be organised in advance and cannot be purchased at the border.
But it is the most easterly point of our tour and maybe a practice run for a future tour now that I know the way.
Here are some statistics. I am 3816km from home as the crow flies and have covered 6233km to get here by road, plus another 1000 by sea across the Adriatic. I have been driving for 70 hours in total at ...
... to Kars, in the northeast. I found a family who rented me a room in Doguybeazit (by Mt Ararat), and yes Erin, they had chickens (pic included)! As Mt Ararat is a closed military area do to its proximity to the Iran and Armenian borders, I didn't feel like dealing with the 2 day to 2 week bureaucratic hassle of getting a permit, nor the fee required, to climb the mountain. In Kars I visited the medieval Armenian city of Ani and did a day hike ...
... appeared that people either turned up for lunch while visiting the mountain, or stopped late at night and awoke early & left to see the sunset. This was confirmed by the 35 people who descended to be fed at lunch and the 40 Japanese tourists who at 8pm replaced the early departed from that morning and who would repeat the march of the wheely cases the next morning, much to my shagrin!
While I waited for sunset, so that I could head up to the ...
... I walked around for ages trying to find my bus, or even a hint of the bus company who issued my ticket. Eventually a helpful security guard walked me to the back of the station and pointed to an idling bus and told me to run to it. So I walked quickly, as it’s difficult and very sweaty to run with my bags on my back. The attendant first just shook his head and said no, but after I refused to get out the bus the driver asked to look at my ticket, and told me ...
... It was neat to see them, but I really hope something positive starts happening there. The living conditions were just so poor. Along the drive to Van we were supposed to stop at Hasankeyf. It is an ancient city that is located on a river. Unfortunately, it was closed. 2 months ago a stone fell and killed someone so we were unable to even walk up to it. We were able to take some photos from across the river and it was very impressive. You could see just how massive it ...