Noah's Arksville

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Sunday, September 4, 2005

Jumping into a dolmus, we headed for Dogubayazit, which is the border town on the Turkey side before heading over to Iran. The drive was amazing. We were as usual, the only Western Infidels in the dolmus, so we took our seats and took in the scenery. And what scenery we had was superb. We went over some mountains and then down into old lava fields. There were fissures in the rocks which the rivers were following. I tried to take some photos but they were quite shit. The Kurds that were in the bus said that the scenery was shit as there were no trees, but to us, it was so much like Iceland. Eventually, it ended and the Kurds were getting excited as they were trying to look at Mount Ararat, but its top was covered in clouds. Oh well, there would always be tomorrow !!!

The Dolmus pulled up in what really is a one horse town. This was the smallest place we had been to so far. We had not even stepped out and kids were coming up and saying hello money. We ignored them and went looking for a hotel. Found the one that the previous hotel had recommended and for three dollars each, it was our new home. We sat down and a Japanese guy came in. We started speaking and he mentioned that he had come through from Iran. Teppei was our new best friend !!!

Around Dogubayazit, there is not to much to see, so we went to see the only thing that is worth seeing. Ishak Pasa Sarayi. It is an old palace/fortress from 300 years ago. There is a mish mash of architecture styles that all seem to work. For years it has sat here crumbling away, but now the local authorities are trying to preserve it. From here, the views of the area were superb, but behind it, higher up on the hill were a couple of mosques and ruins of an older fortress that was begging to be climbed. The first mosque was still being used. We climbed up higher to the second mosque and this was all locked up. It was good, but the views from here were better. We then scaled the rocks until we were up at the top. We were getting quite good at the old scaling of rocks and cliff faces in our sandals, so in no time we were up at the top. There was not much there, so we sat and just admired the view. We eventually came down and being tight bastards, we decided to walk the six K's back to town. Within the first K, we had a lift. We tried to go internetting here, but the places electricity kept going down, so we fucked that idea off and had a walk around the town. It did not take long, but it was quickly over. During the walk, we did try to see if we could see Mount Ararat, but once again, it was ringed with clouds. We ran into Teppei again and we had dinner together. Over food, and then our last beers until we get to India, we gave him the lowdown on how expensive Wetern Turkey/Eastern Europe/Wester Europe was going to be. He on the other hand, gave us the good news that everything for us was now going to be cheap. It was good news all the way !!!

My Final Thoughts

It had been good to come back to Turkey, but in seven years, the price has gone through the roof. Amazingly, to us, everything is now in Euro which meant our visa price had come down, but all the entrance fees had gone up. I would like to come back as I feel I still have some unfinished business with Turkey

But who knows what holds in the future
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teppei
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Konnichiwa, David & Lucy
Hey hey, I read your travel pod.
So this is travel pod, huh? VERY NICE....
Anyways, I am in SiliUrfa right now. Came here
yesterday from Van.
It is nice here. The food is good here too....

Where are you guys now?
Enjoying Iran? I hope those Iranians are not
annoying you that much!

By the way, I shaved today and WOW...
the way the Turkish girls look at me....
I think I can score with in a few days!!

Have a good journey!
teppei sato

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