Sunday, October 5, 2008

29-30 September – Lake Van, Turkey

From Nemrut Dagi we continued east, across the Euphrates river, to Diyarbakir, an important city for the Kurdish population in Turkey. We have now entered the Kurdish area. We stayed for only a short while, enough to walk on the city walls while being pursued by children who were throwing fire-crackers around to celebrated that Ramadan was over.

We continued south to Mardin, a pleasant town where we visited the bazaar and had a lovely dinner on a terrace overlooking the plains of the Tigris river.

When arriving to the town of Tatvan by Lake Van, the skies opened and the rain poured down. Eventually, as it was getting dark, we found a place to set camp right by the lake. It was still raining. It took only a few minutes before an old couple came to our car, with a full dinner on a tray. We ate greedily in the car and fell asleep to the smattering of the rain on the tent.

The next morning we woke up and the sun was shining. The lake was beautiful and in the other direction we could see snow-capped mountains. And then the old couple came with breakfast. Homemade bread and goat cheese. Tea and fruits. People are really so hospitable in Turkey!

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