curiosities, notes, and non sense things from my own point of view
Average rating since I entered Turkey 17 days ago: 9 Points of 10.
The missing point to arrive to 10 is because the careless with their environment (also mine) and the infinite garbage seen everywhere.
I love the landscape, the friendly and warmth of their people, the historical heritage, the architecture, the infrastructure, the food, the roads, the weather, the value for the money.
Five questions who people usually makes me within the first 5 Minutes of introduction. (in chronological order):
Where are you from? (Logic question and logic answer – Ahh Ohhh Messi, Maradona)
Where are you going to?
Are you married? (sometimes I guess they wanna ask about my sexuality)
How Old are you?
What is your religion? (due to my official distance to ANY kind of religion, it is hard to give an answer avoiding to offend their own beliefs.) I try to answer the truth, indeed I believe in God, in love and respect of others and in nature, and I always try to be a good person.
Roundabouts in Turkey are the most funny I have ever seen. I guess Turks don’t realise yet the advantage of this system and there practical function. In fact every roundabout has traffic lights. 🙂
Turkish Coffee: my favourite, if possible sweet. It constrains you to take time to enjoy it. In second place I like Çay. Drink several ones per day.The kitchen is great and healthy. Mostly I love the hot dishes and the chillies in ever restaurant on the tables.
Ayran, that excellent mixture of yoghurt, water and salt. I can drink until a pint per day.
The call to pray from the muezzin’s sounds good and make it a little fantastic and exotic for me. Even if it wakes you up at 4 AM. 😉
Alkohol, it’s to expensive, so I can live without as well. Just sometimes I ordered or bought a beer.
Breakfast: I like it, even if it is not the best for cycling. The, white bread, marmalade, Olives, Peperoni, Tomatoes, honey.
Rural villages: it seems that they are developed in the last years. Everywhere nice new buildings and houses. The usage of expensive stainless steel seems to be usual. Most houses use sun collectors for hot water.
The (shepherds) dogs: Im still alive, what it seems to be a miracle if I belief in all terror scenarios I had heard from locals. The few I met, well they where not puppies but I could manage it, obviously with the firm order of the shepherd. But indeed, its important to get an visual contact with the shepherd before you get short of the mob.
3G Coverage of Turkcell, almost works until now.
The Kurds: Well its nice, because I can not speak turkish, and most of Kurds neither. 🙂
will follow next…
Now few pictures of today:
Good to hear you are enjoying Turkey. When we were driving through eastern Turkey we couldnt help but imagine how tough those mountains were going to be with you. Luckily the scenery is amazing, so Im sure you managed. Is the plan still to reach Iran? We’re on day 42 now and are in Mashhad. Today’s our last day in Iran, tomorrow we head for Turkmenistan.
All the best.
Marc, Vincent and Ernst