Diyarbakir in the Rain

Trip Start Feb 08, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2009

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Flag of Turkey  , Diyarbakir,
Friday, May 9, 2008

  I've come today to Diyarbakir from Mardin. Acrosss the street from the hotel in Mardin was a young girl also seeking to go to Diyarbakir, so I just tagged along as she led the way to the proper dolmus stop. Likewise, at the Diyarbakir otogar she got me onto the proper dolmus into town. The dolmus in to town from the otogar dropped me off at an undisclosed location. That is, into the "New City," but I at first did not know where. It was on a busy street, though, and I saw some trees down along the thronged way. Hoping it was a park area, where I could step out of the rush and get my bearings, I headed that way.

Well, there was a park, but it was across from a boys' technical school, it was noontime and I was fairly soon set upon by a pentet (is that a word?) of class clowns. It was also starting to sprinkle from the sky. I managed to dodge their invitation to see the school, though being a former technical illustrator I did have an interest. I just didn't want to schlep my packs over there for the experience. Maybe tomorrow, I tried to tell them.

  With all their fooling around, still I got an unfirm sense of which direction to try once they went their way; although leaving me in the company of another derelict fellow who sort of hovered over me as I tried to return to consulting my LP guide book for a hotel.

   Peeking around another corner I indeed did spy the tall basalt wall that rings the old, center of Diyarbakir. Once there I sat again to gain a more precise orientation. A few yards away sat a fellow observing my activities. It put me in mind of a thought I had some years ago. The symbol of Turkey should not be the tulip. It should be "a guy sitting or standing by, watching the world (or you) try to live your life." I tried to stare him down, but I gave up when he finished his cigarette and purchased a tea from a passing vendor. Nevertheless, the chosen hotel was speedily attained shortly thereafter.

  But, it's raining in Diyabikir. And so I've stayed in the hotel to catch up on some of this writing and other maintenance issues (Like, when I try to upload photos to this site the site freezes. I have to force restart the computer to kill the page). Again, the hotel has wi-fi, so I can write and via iTunes' radio network listen to U.S. and world broadcasts. At the moment, jazz from KPLU. I believe that is at Pacific Lutheran University in -- Olympia, Tacoma? Somebody help me. . . .
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