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Portrait / Landscape

25 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

Travelling by train you feel right in the landscape of a country, the routes tend to be less built over than road routes.   Riding through the snowy mountains of Bulgaria and Serbia with the thin firs coated white on one side just a few feet away is almost tactile.  It’s like you can feel […]

Snowy Serbia

25 Nov 2008 / 2 Comments / in Journeys

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Turkish TV

25 Nov 2008 / 1 Comment / in Journeys

On the bus back to Istanbul, they’re showing some kind of Turkish TV drama.  The hero, Ibrahim, is a Turkish soldier fighting in the mountains.  He’s captured by the enemy who are distinguished by scarves looped round their necks. I guess they’re meant to be Kurdish fighters. The leader roughs up Ibrahim and his mate […]


25 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

The Taiwanese tourist (Mrs Lee they call her a the bus station) and I compare notes on Syria as we ride towards Ankara. The landscape becomes noticeably more lush and promising as we head into Turkey with firs and birches covering the hills. I ask her impressions of Syria and she talks about the young […]

Back track

23 Nov 2008 / 3 Comments / in Journeys

Heading into Turkey again the landscape becomes noticeably more lush, hills covered in fir trees and birches. I think back to the journey out of Syria. There were five passengers; two in the front squeezed in with the driver a Taiwanese woman and I and a young guy in the back. The car twists and […]


22 Nov 2008 / 1 Comment / in Journeys

You have the Cukorova plain, flat and yellow and green and fertile, and then suddenly this city rises up all modern and thriving with designer shops. When I first arrived I was worried about finding a cash machine but there’s a whole street of banks all clustered together with farmers queuing to take out money. […]

Something about Turkey…

22 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys


Connections #5

22 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

I’m pretty fed up to have to head home without seeing Palmyra, there just isn’t time after a delay in Istanbul on the way out and awkward timings for connections on the way back which mean leaving early. I feel like I just got here and have to turn right around – I have just […]