Journal - Napló

Days 50-54. The key word - Ali (Turkey 3.)

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Days 50-54. The key word - Ali

 

Days 50-52.

 

   We got to Hatay in the early afternoon. Before leaving for the coast, we decided to have a cup of tea in a little coffee house, escaping the blazing Sun. There were no other customers, just the woman managing the place, her sons and friends. With a gesture they invited us over their table so that we eat together. Whereas we were trying the pie, the roasted meat pieces and the mint leaf...

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Days 49-50. Truck-drive in Turkey (Turkey 2.)

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Days 49-50. Truck-drive in Turkey

 

 

   We set out from Istanbul in the morning hours; the setting sun found us in a little town, a few kilometres south from Ankara, the formal capital. Our intention was getting close to the Syrian border, so our board was showing Hatay, name of a town in southern Turkey.

   The street lights were already on when we got picked up by Omer and his fiery red truck. Due to its 40-tonne-load, i...

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Days 37-48. Istanbul (Turkey 1.)

Posted on April 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Istanbul

 

  

   The Turkish cultural capital that connects Europe and Asia is home for both the Eastern and the Western worlds. A plate boundary, seemingly without earthquakes.

 

 

   We arrived from the direction of the Greek border via a hitch-hike to the city that is of enormous magnitude, even when you approach it by car. After the first houses we raced on the highway for ca. 1 h...

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Days 141-147, Turkey

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Day 141.


I was standing at the edge of the road when it began to rain early one morning. I was advancing slowly with only shorter rides, but I didn’t mind. The scenery made me forget about both the rain and the cold. 



 

The fierceness of the landscape was amplified by the dark clouds in the skies. It was a mysterious kind o...

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Days 139-140, Turkey 4.

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Day 139.

 


I reached the edge of the Turkish border town, Nusaybin relying mostly on my feet to get there. After two truck-rides I was walking on the streets of a small town offering a view of the surrounding hills and fields. I walked over to the other side of a mountain by following a path. 

 


After a brief ride, and a misunderstanding about the meaning of hitch-hiking as a way of travelling, I arrived at the centre...

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A world of hospitality

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (3)

Walking the narrow streets of the Balat district in Istanbul while listening to Marcus Miller and pondering the importance of identity I stopped to savor a scene of kids playing at a dimly lit intersection. I bought some ice cream from the shop on the corner, changed the music and walked back   home. I call it home because that's what it felt like. This is thanks to our new friend Ibrahim who we had the privilege of staying with for ten days. It is one thing to wander off from the t...

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