Topic: Turkey

Sugar Party, military and film crew

It feels great to leave Malatya on our bicycles with the sun shining on our backs. Malatya is famous for its apricots, which we notice as soon as we leave the town. Everywhere besides the road there are gardens with apricots and a lot of stands selling the fruit as well. During a break a jeep passes us by very slowly. After about 100 meters the car turns around and moves into our direction….military. Two high ranked men step out of the car and two others are following them holding big guns. “Where are you from?” “What’s your name?” They think everything is great about us and they walk back to their cars totally satisfied. (more…)

From Pammukala to Malatya: Height, chimneys and snow.

We start climbing from Karahayit to 1000 meter and higher. The road leads us through nice and green landscapes. Ascending goes slowly, while we follow the valley to a higher part of Turkey. With the height the temperature drops below the 20 degrees and we have to get used to that. Until now we are spoilt with warm weather. The colors around us are fantastic and when the sun shines on the trees it’s even more beautiful. During our days of cycling we are surrounded by golden trees and now and then by a top of a mountain. The temperature is around ten degrees and in the evening it drops to five or lower. (more…)

First time Turkey

Passing the Greek border went smoothly, so we moved on to the Turkish border. Here it was less easy. First we had to receive a stamp at the Health Center. Without asking any questions we got one. We must have looked very healthy! Then we had to arrange a visa. The man of the visas was celebrating his lunch break so we had to wait. We were not the only ones waiting and it was nice talking with other travelers. After everybody received his visa we found out that the prices were very different. We only had to pay 10 euros, Americans 20 euros, Englishmen 15 euros and the Germans could go into Turkey for free. After some more stamps we were allowed to go into Turkey! (more…)