At the beginning of Tigris

Trip Start Sep 07, 2009
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Trip End Oct 18, 2009


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Flag of Turkey  , Diyarbakir,
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The leaving of Şanliurfa included that we had to search first a garage on a still public holiday. We were lucky and we found somebody who was able and willing to weld Werners exhaust pipe that was having a crack around.

We left then through the plains between Mardın and Şanliurfa that are irrigated with the water from the Atatürk dam network. There is an impressive water supply network that allows that otherwise arid plain to grow Corn, Watermelon, Cotton and many other crops that give the region a new economic boost.

Otherwise there is not muchto say about the travel, endless fields that are being prepared for the next crop wıth small villages that house the farmers. The main road ıs as usual very well prepared and 2-4 lanes, the smaller roads  are more difficult and full of pot holes.

Diyarbakir is a big city at the beginning of the Tigris and in the middle of the Hıghlands. There is an ımpressive 5.5 km ring wall with 5 city gates that surround the city. One can walk on the rim of the wall and gets a good overview of the cıty and the neıghbourhood.

Any safety trained person is getting as well a headache, because you are allowed to walk on the rim of the wall on one side there ıs a 3-5 m cliff and on the other side up to 10m wıthout anz railings or cord wıith a pathway that is not exactly secure. Everybody (small children and elderly people) are walking on the wall where crossing ıs only comfortably possible at the towers.

The city itself doesn´t offer many attractions, there is a labyrinth of small walkways in the mıddle of not very fancy looking houses. There are some old churches (Syrian orthodox Christians) and other mosques. The market doesn´t offer a shopping flash. After we have seen a minarett on 4 posts we decıded to take a drink at the best hotel in town. It was great but the bill was great too (we paid as much as for 2 meals in Şanlıurfa). After this shock we decıded to have dinner at our hotel.

The menu was not big, but we have enjoyed a Kurdish engagement party that happened at the same place. The bride had invited around 200 other females with children. A life band was providing a loud (very loud) type of  Kurdish Techno music and all ladies were dancing in a row. Only once the groom appeared when some sort of engegement ceremony took place and then the party continued wıthout hım.

We were very tired and besde the loud musıc we could fall asleep easily
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