Ankara and getting here
Trip Start Apr 09, 2009
28Trip End Aug 01, 2009
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Anyway, we had a teary fairwell on the motorway the next morning and I was alone once more. Unfortunately I was at the wrong end of the city and so had to get 3 dolmuşs(I didn't pay for any so it still counts) out to the other side of town where I got picked up by some more young guys with a swish car who took me about half way to Ankara. They left me on a rather baron strip with not much traffic and after an hour of no getting a lift an Ankara bus went past and I'm ashamed to say I took it and worse still payed. So I failed my hitching test, but Tim passed with flying colours making it all the way to Istanbul in just 2 lifts! That makes him an official pro!
Ankara it's self has been fairly uneventful, I arrived and ran around Ulus looking for a cheap hotel managed to find a Turkish place (rather than tourist) undergoing renervation so got a little ensuite for the same price as the cheapest, sittiest shared bathrooms elsware. I'ts also on a street/alley fully of dark drinking hoes, strip clubs and dingy cafes fullt of smoking old turks. Very atmouspheric. There's a nice museum and castle where I met a radar man in the armey and watched some children play football at the top but only enoughto fill an afternoon. Since then I've been bord out of my skull. I had some photos done and handed my passport in at the Iranian embassy on monday, got it back today with no hastle, very nice guy there all very smooth. So now I can leave! Either Trabzon,Van or Dog Bıscuit not sure but thought I'd get a night bus so only an afternoon to kill. There's a wicked old man filed all night restaurant just around the corner where ı've been eating well cheap lental soup at all hours which is good fun as they have rotisery chichens which are actually really fascinating to watch. The way the higher ones bast the ones underneath! Genius!
Had a really long Skype chat with Sunniandlea last night which was really nice! We had video and everything!
Oh, and I've also been eating load of sunflower seeds, they're toasted in their shells and you pop them out with your teeth, it's very satisfying. Bread products such as simit (bread rings coverd in sesmame seeds and other pastryesque thing have been a staple as it's between 3-6 for 1YTL depending how late and therefore stale bread is! And I bought an MP3 at very cheap so I have music as I finished my books (100 years of solitude is one of the best books I've read, highly recomended and also the beach was good, Jared put me onto both so it's no wonder they're good).
Well, off to eat/bus! See you in Iran!