Hitchin' in to Central Türkiye and back
Trip Start Jul 15, 2009
36Trip End Oct 13, 2009
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First ride: we mistakingly climbed into the back of a moving truck (no closed door, for the record....just a tarp and lots of moving or homeless blankets in back) thinking it was a bit sketchy but worth the quick pick up off the side of the semi dangerous quick speed motorway leading out of istanbul. the thrill of the ride was fun until the truck pulled over and one of the guys hopped in with us and the truck pulled off again. he didnt speak a word of english nd we kept going through dark tunnels. but he kept giving us cheap baklava and creepy looks and we kept driving toward our destination.....we hoped
next ride: a nice turkish family including a lady, our first lady to pick us up. they took us pretty far and pulled out a stack of like 20 one-hundred USDs and asked us to exchange two fifties for one of them, we think but they did not speak english. savannah decided they must be counterfit. raina decided, or perhaps they exchanged too much on their last trip to the US. we finally convinced them we would be just fine if they dropped us off at the servis alani in the middle of the night so they did. and we were stuck out in the cold and it has gotten really cold at night, for about an hour but a nice gas station attendent invited us into his comfy couches and gave us hot chai. then we found a couple truckers to take us with them. they were going to iraq or something like that. they used crappy computor translator to talk with us and the poor translation told us the fat one said "Together Oozing pain is required" and we were really weirded out until we got online translator at a servis alani and his smarter friend explained the tranlation problem
then we walked through this little town and got surrounded by little boys asking us for money and that was actually the scariest thing that has happened to us they were really mean and Raina wanted to spank them or punch them or something then we were rescued by some boys who drove us a ways they weren't even going and gave us candy but they told savannah she had to tell the driver who loved her that she loved him back to get a ride and she wouldnt so they dropped us off near this shitty little town in the middle of nowhere turkey and we went into the town and got harassed by a bunch of kids. We wanted to go to the underground city but were afraid we'd get trapped down there, they followed us on motorcylces and came to harass us when we were hiding to eat our lunch during the day, during ramadon and really we were hiding from the scary little boys! they were creeping us out but they followed us into the unfinished building we were hiding in so we left to the road to hitch and they followed and grabbed our butts it was kind of scary 10 boys on motorcycles surrounding you grabbing your asses, so we had to throw rocks at them. then more came. but finally we were free.
when we got another ride from a family with a lady and baby and son and husband
it was worth it beautiful mountains, rock formations, caves, village ruins carved out of sandstone by early christians. Savannah wanted to hitch out but Raina wanted to stay the night inside a creepy dark Cave that smelled like piss but Raina thought it smelled like Candy, so we stayed the night in a cave for free right across the street from the very expensive Cave Village Hotel. It was dark and haunted looking, but warm inside and worth it because in the morning we discovered we were surrounded by a whole village of thousands of caves all interconnected underground and through crumbeling away stairways we went on a hike and climbed really high scailing the edge of old ancient porches and walls that have crumbled away and through small holes from one house into the next. In American this would be blown up and replaced with new houses or boarded off, but most likely surrounded by a big fence and then you would pay lots of money to go in and view from a far distance but we climbed all over it's dangerous crumbling walls and even stayed the night in a cave.
the way back was more and more sex offers. It was a stressful hike through turkey we got picked up by these three 17year old looking metrosexual boys with mohawks who were fucking insane one kept crawling over the seat and he was the driver so we kept almost falling off the road luckily the passanger seat boy kept grabbing the wheel and the guy next to Raina kept smiling at her and the driver kept smiling at me and I thought at least it's the driver that likes me he can't get to me he's driving but eventually he just climbed over the seat and the passanger took the wheel, oh no and then it happened again Sannannah
In the middle of no where now we prayed can we please have a normal ride please! A sped by in a fancy car and a suit Raina starred him down as he passed "Seriously!" She said "You are just going to leave us in the middle of no where when you have an empty car all to yourself!" As soon as she finished saying that he slammed on the breaks as if he'd heard and fastly back up down the middle of the motorway , and it was a nice ride just like we hoped for such a switch from the last ride old man airconditioned fancy car and classical music very fast driving. eventually he did ask Raina for sex but only once and then he stopped. He took us a very long ways and sped the whole way we are making good time! Now we were still like 8 hours from Istanbul who knows how long hitchin' We shot for a far distance since it was a big city and wrote Istanbul on our sign.
A big tour bus that takes people to Cappadocia and back for lots of money pulled over we don't have money we explained and he said that's okay i already dropped off all the tourists now i have to drive this all the way back to Istanbul empty, so we got a ride all the way back to Istanbul
we got in the car with these four guys who just kept driving around in circles and wouldn't let us out because it was unsafe at night and they kept saying in the morning they would let us out and kept driving around and drinking beer and trying to make us drink beer but we felt horrible because we hadn't slept in days and couldn't even keep our eyes open and the last thing we wanted was canned warm turkish beer but it was deadly cold out at the same time and raining we have no coats it was an impossible situation finally they were getting really annoying and we were getting too tired to deal they pulled into a dead end it was like 5am bout to get light eventually and we jumped out afraid we were going to get droven into a city and have to find our way out
Raina didn't care she liked hers so much she decided to switch pants with him. The one that liked Savannah was SAd that she was ignoring him hmmm what can he say? Here we go again! I LOVE YOU!! Shakira I love you! "my name is not Shakira!!" oh I'm sorry Selina." Whats wrong with these boys three days in turkey and 3 of them fall in Love. Eventually we do get out of turkey crossing the border from Turkey into Bulgaria uhhhhh What a relief We walked a whole lot like kms and kms and kms. an we were awake hitch hiking for like 40 hours.
note: turkish people LOVE sweets. and they also love pistaccios!!!