A look round Urfa

Trip Start Jan 08, 2005
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

There were a few more things to see round Urfa so we found another cheapie hotel and got going.

The bazar of Urfa is supposed to be good so we went for a look as well as a quick search for some footwear for me. The current super-glue situation wasn't going to last for long. We picked up a few stragglers along the way. The bazar was good and reminded me of Tunisia and a little of Egypt. We came to shoe alley and found a repair man who did a marvelous job on my sandals. We could continue to travel together. I was sooo happy! The shoe man and friend were really amused that we were there and bought us çay. Very hospitable. The band of boys that were following us even stayed and watched the guys doing my shoes! We continued walking and eventually came upon the section where you can buy the outfits the boys wear to their circumcisions. They all gave a quick yelp and fled!!!! Good thinking 99!

Then we went to see the Gölbasi area where there are a couple of huge mosques. Also the place where Abraham was born. The mosque nearby was where he was later burned to death! There are pools of sacred carp there that all the locals take delight in feeding. They are particularly ugly (the fish that is). There were loads of them (fish and locals). Not sure why they're sacred. The location was nice though.

We went up to have a look at the kale next. There isn't much there now and you get hassled by kids wanting things, naturally. We talked for a while to a young Australian girl who had been travelling on her own through Turkey. She had done some cool stuff. There were some good views of Urfa but that's about it for the kale.

I wanted to see the cave where Abraham was born. David wasn't dressed correctly so I went in. Men in one section and Ladies in another. Took my shoes off and put my scarf over my head. It was absolute rubbish. Not even a cave left really. There was alot of concrete in there and water. People were having a pray and dipping their babies' heads in the water from the taps. Maybe Abraham had a waterbirth. Absolute waste of time. But it was free!

I managed to pick up a sexy blue number for my regulation dress-code Iranian style. We'll be there soon!! Exciting!

It might sound like I didn't like Urfa. I did. The people were friendly and the food good and cheap.

Next stop Diyarbakir.
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