Trip Start Oct 20, 2008
93Trip End Jan 31, 2009
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Where I stayed
Karadut Pension is well worth the price: 20 YTL per night plus 80 YTL for an optional tour of Mount Nemrut.
The Owner of the Pension: mid-40s; a very pleasant Kurd; always tries to do his best; strictly anti-PKK; surprisingly, not interested in soccer at all.
The Comagene and Roman ruins that can be found all the way up to the summit of Nemrut did not impress me nearly as much as the finds in Catalhoyuk.
Frisby: mid-50s; a drama teacher from New Zealand; we were staying at the same hostel; this is not his firtst backpacking trip, but he would not dare to backpack in Africa; has taken a year off from work; he has started his jourmey in Australia and will end it in the Netherland where he will be meeting his wife
Tony: mid-20s; another New Zealander; he came to my hostel with Frisby; they had met on the way from Iran; used to work as an electrical engineer at the British Railroads; he quit; started his journey in Georgia and will end in Northern Africa.
It feels like I'm in a different country; the infrastructure has broken down and the language has changed to Kurdish.
The Nemrut region has developed a lot from a touristic perspective: numerous tour operators, hotels and restaurants. The owner of the pension that I stayed at found me at the bus stop.
All the food that we had at the Karadut Pension, including the chicken, eggs, peppers and tomatoes, were the owners' own produce.