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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Canakkale August 16th 2013

Hello fellow travelers! So, after a couple of hectic days in Istanbul it was time to move on to Canakkale. I said goodbye to Abdullah at the metro station, him heading for work and me for the bus station. My stay with him has been a pleasure, a privilege even. I've eaten so much good food and when I hurt my leg he fixed muscle relaxing for me and when I got a sunburn he got a sunblock for me. Still, the time was here to move on, I got to the bus station at 08.30 and got a ticket for a bus leaving at 09.30, arriving in Canakkale at 16.00. Having the ticket secured I managed to get online with wifi at the station to let my host in Canakkale know my arrival time. Then ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Dalaman August 15th 2013

Hi to you all. What is up here? Plenty! Steph and Robin have left the boat to go back to London. We are now in a place called Fethiye which is quite a town. Lots happening and close to some very old history we will be visiting We are in a marina that is part of The Hotel Yacht Classic. And very nice it is to. Two swimming pools, bars, Restaurant all along the water front and beautiful clean showers etc. We pay only 40 lr {about $30nz per night}as we are in the marina. Might stay for a month!! We are now in receipt of 2 farmers and 1 paramedic from NZ. It is a pleasure to welcome Robert and Bruce from last year back, and their friend{ can't believe they have any} Sam, who ... read more
A huge fish market.
Carpet shop.
The Market

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya August 15th 2013

We left the Wonder of the World behind us with regret but had decided to travel further on for our night’s stay. Off through the mountains we roared with Ollie lapping up the miles and Woolly lapping up any liquid that came his way. With temperatures so high we are consuming vast amounts of water and juice every day, so many vitamins should be good for us! Woolly says – It was a lovely drive and with less cars and trucks on the road now there was no stopping Ollie. We were Supertramping through the miles and although we had certainly taken the Long Road Home it is definately worth it. Taking the turning to Pamukkale gave us an instant change of scenery as the landscape became more of a swirl of hills, looking like the ... read more
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ephesus August 14th 2013

We started with a self-service breakfast with Woolly loading his plate with boiled eggs and stuffed olives, we did warn him…. Woolly says – the eggs didn’t half make me feel bloated and those olives were a bit hot, I could feel the steam coming out of my ears! Jo made me eat everyone as I had taken them, it took me a while to recover. While the Mammoth was blowing chilli fumes in all directions we loaded Ollie and set off for the day. The road took us through the city of Izmir, this was the original destination of our container but being eight hours from home way too much to travel to and from. It was awful, traffic was everywhere, overtaking, undertaking and just driving randomly where they wanted to. Woolly says – I ... read more
Hadrian's temple
Looking up
Friends, Romans and Mammoths

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Bodrum August 13th 2013

Ice Cream--such a delicious treat. I spend much of my time here wondering when I get to indulge in my next cone of Turkish ice cream. There are two "types" of Ice Cream, both equally delicious, but very different. The first--a gelato style confectionery, utilizing the flavors of the region: melon, lemon, black mulberry, pistachio, fig, mastic, kaymak (sweet cream)--light and refreshing and the perfect substitute for the coffee cup absent in my hand. Dondurma is another beast altogether. Made from milk, sugar, salep (a very starchy flour), and mastic (tree resin), Dondurma is like frozen taffy: chewy and cold. In preparation, it's pulled like taffy, and when served..well, check out the video: When Yigit was a child, he became so angry about the ice cream cone, he crushed i... read more


Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara August 13th 2013

Blessings upon you fellow traveler! Alright, so right now I'm sitting on a bus bound for Istanbul, my second day in Ankara has come to an end and it has been a good one, although I must confess that my legs are hurting a bit from all the walking. Well, I got a great nights sleep, Tuncs bed was very comfortable. I started off easy, I charged all my batteries and talked with my girlfriend for a while. I headed out and started with the Kocatepe Mosque, located just around the corner. It was absolutely stunning and I definitely recommend visiting it! From the mosque I actually took a bus back to Ulus and made my way over to the Roman Baths, it's quite well preserved and a nice open air museum. Entrance was only 3 ... read more
The Roman Baths of Ankara
The Roman Theatre of Ankara
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir » Torbali August 13th 2013

Woolly says – We started with breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea, so peaceful and beautiful. I enjoyed my boiled egg and cheese pastry though I’m not sure about cucumber, tomato and olives for breakfast. It was just what we needed after a long and sweaty night with no air con. Ollie was ready to go and we set off with the sun shining, following the road alongside the med. With rolling hills turning to small mountains every corner gave a different view, it was lovely. As we were half a day in front of ourselves we didn’t feel in a rush and as we cruised down the tarmac we looked forward to the day to come. First stop was Gallipoli, well it should have been! Woolly says – we had been driving for an ... read more
The Wooden Horse
The Amphithreatre
Crossing the Marmite

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Dalaman August 12th 2013

Hi to everyone. Be.careful and aware is because, for the first time in all my travels, I have been scammed. pissed off ? You bet!!! But nothing you can do about it, just keep on sailing. A couple of us went draw money out and when the card wouldn't go in I was worried, long story after that, but Di in NZ rang the bank and within 40 minutes my card was canceled in NZ but they had succeeded in getting a bit of money out. So, not to bad as card was canceled and that would be the end to it. No way!!!! That was midday Friday, by midday Sunday they had taken a bloody lot out. Even though the card was canceled it continued to work. Don't ask me how but tbe bank has ... read more
Just sitting around

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Koycegiz August 12th 2013

The campsite got interesting, Nick and Nicky our camp hosts had let us know that a large group would be arriving……. Woolly says – I thought it might be thirty or so people but NO it actually meant 180 Ukrainians who started arriving at 3pm and continued arriving until the early hours. We woke up to a forest of tents, they were everywhere. Jo tried to get into one of the three shower cubicles but it wasn’t going to happen. We packed up as planned and headed for some breakfast. We gave that idea up, it was pandemonium. Grabbing a couple of bottles of juice we hit the road. We would have waited an hour or so to be fed and we went with the view of ‘get something on the way’ and programmed James for ... read more
Hello Turkey
A sea View
Lorries for Miles

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara August 12th 2013

Greetings fellow travelers! Alright, so my first day in Turkey has come to an end, how do I sum up this day? Well, to begin with I'm very tired because I didn't get any sleep on the flight tonight. I sat next to a nice Turkish girl named Amina and we ended up talking to each other the whole flight, or well, at least up until Istanbul which was her destination, but from there it was only an hour left to Ankara so not much time left to sleep. Oh right, the shoulder-strap to my backpack broke in Copenhagen so I had to make a fix with the waist-strap instead, I was sad to retire this backpack, my girlfriend gave it to me like seven years ago. So, I arrived pretty worn this morning and I ... read more
Victory Monument
Me in Front of the Citadel

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