Impromptu dance party

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
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Trip End Sep 26, 2010


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Hotel Kommagene

Flag of Turkey  , Adiyaman,
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another dreaded overnight bus!

This one was only supposed to be 7 hours though, so not nearly as bad as the one to get to Cappadocia. 11 hours later, we arrived in Kahta.

Why?

At 1am we had a flat tire and spent some time repairing it and also making sure the spare tire was in good shape. Brilliant idea in hindsight.

At 3am the tire blew up as we were ripping along at 100km/h. There were a few a dodgy moments as the driver tried to pull over on 3 tires and one rim rattling along horribly, but he managed. Then it became like a scene from a horror movie where a bunch of stranded people out in the hills are stuck in the dark and have no idea what is going on or what to do. It wasn't simply a matter of changing the tire they had some issues even getting the jack under the car and the remaining rim was way too hot to touch. Eventually some nice truckers pulled over and left their music playing while they helped out. They also had lots of fancy lights on the front of their truck. These were all the ingredients needed for a dance party. Impromptu Turkish dance party! Gotta make the best of these situations!

At 8am when we should have been nearly there we took a wrong turn and and went 30 minutes the wrong way. This meant an hour of wasted time.And that is where the extra 4 hours came from.

As we are now in eastern Turkey, the landscape has changed significantly. It is much hotter and much more arid. It seems to be much poorer as well. Kahta is a very small town and there is really nothing nice to say about it. It is one of the first places I have been in Turkey that wasn't spectacular. It was in a fairly run-down state. The reason we were here is because Kahta is a base city for doing trips up to Mt. Nemrut, one of the treasures of Turkey. We had a few hours to kill before making our way up the mountain, then set off. We had a few photo opportunities on the way up, stopping at the oldest bridge in the world. We also stopped at a few castles as we got higher and higher up the mountain. The road also became more and more treacherous as we frequently were inches away from tumbling down sheer cliffs, but I reckon the drivers could do it in their sleep.

Finally we made it to the end of the road. From there we walked the remaining 30 minutes up the mountain to the top. A king named Commagene had a burial ground for himself constructed at the top and had statues of himself and a lot of other gods placed at the top. Since it was constructed the heads have somehow found their way off the bodies of the statues and now the heads are scattered around the site. It was pretty interesting looking around up there. Before the sun went down w found some comfortable rocks to sit on and had some red wine as we watched the sunset. Nice one! After the sun went down we made our way back to Kahta for dinner.

I was pretty knackered after two out of the last 3 nights being spent on buses so I slept early and had the best sleep of my entire trip around the world so far. On the road again tomorrow!

-js
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