Not nice parking lot in the main street
Trip Start Aug 31, 2009
85Trip End Feb 14, 2010
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Syrian Border officials I think are strongly aligned with Egypt, the buggers and their systems do not conform to any easily identifiable logic. I think it would be hard to create a flow chart of the process. None the less we got out.
Turkey was a surprise, the border chaps were polite, one even got out of his office and dragged me around to ensure I went the right way. Nice change.
We had met a German couple in Palmyra who had given me some details of the places to stay in Turkey, great. Head to the coast, turn left… go to the 2nd camp site as the 1st does not have internet… well we could not find the dam left turn… In hind sight we made a wrong decision…. Well Lisa did anyway!!! Lets go to Kanatas instead as it shows a tent symbol on the map. 180kms latter we find ourselves parked in a car park in the main street of this crazy town with spitting rain and gale winds. We quickly make dinner then head on up into the safety of the roof top tent.
Oh the map story … we arrive in turkey, our Turkish Map is safely packed away in our nice little house in Paracombe as we are not going that way, (well that was until plan G)…. Bugger… Okay should be easy… Lisa went into a BP Fuel station to see what they had, she took the Syrian map to demonstrate our requirements… the chap in attendance interpreted Lisa asking for a Turkish map and pointing to the Syrian map as meaning we wanted Internet!!!!..... (DADS)
2nd attempt, we discovered that one needs to pronounce Turkey as Tuurkeyeee and then the word Altaaas (say these word with the weirdest accent you can muster and you will have the picture). They could figure out what we wanted and by demonstrating shelves, tell me to go to a book shop. It was like charades really.
3rd attempt, could not find a book shop but a Shell Garage looked good. Yes can you believe a shell Garage, we have not seem such a beast for a while now. None the less we have a Turkish road map in Turkish. What more could we want.