A man on the bus said,
"Turkey has closed the border because of disagreements with the USA."
Who knows? I will go to the border and see for sure.
If nothing else it will be very interesting to talk to the border crossing official.
But for me the most fun will to be see all the strange types that for some reason want to cross
at this border... and why?
My good friend, and one of the worlds greatest internet surfers has helped again.
He is very very good at finding information on any subject. It is amazing.
A page packed with maps of Iraq. Thanks Chris.
I am in room 215
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Today is Sunday. 27 of July, 2003.
I leave tommorrow. If you are reading this after that date... Too late.
I was on the all night bus from Istanbul to Urfa. This city is located close to the Iraq border, but is not the closest. It is modern and clean. I am sure many people would say differently, but I have been in lots of very dry and dusty areas. This place is great in comparison.
I pass wheat fields as I was leaving Istanbul and before the sun went down, and as we traveled the last 250 Kilometers to the city of Urfa. I was expecting small one family farms. More on the subsistence level. I was totally wrong. This is obviously an extremely modern operation. I could sometime see freshly harvested wheat fields for as far as I could see. It was marvelous. I would have love to have been here before the harvest.
Plus they have orchards of Pistachios and another type of grain or maybe Olives. I am not sure. But they go for as far as you can see also.
I am so happy this country has lots of grain and food.
The building are the normal red brick type, with a layer of concrete over to make the exterior flat. The same constrution as most of Central and South America. More similiar to the Latino methods than the Southeast Asia methods. They have lots of space outside the cities, but probably very little water because it is rather hilly.
The world is like a big city.
There are dangerous areas.
But normally everyone knows where these area are and avoids them or are extra careful.
The world is like that.
A bus driver. A taxi and the locals will not normally take you to a dangerous
area without a big discussion.
The real dangerous situation is to have a car and a guide.
I believe the best guide is the other people around you.
I have been on multiple buses where the locals suddenly told me to behave in a certain
way for an inspection of the bus.
But for instance, the buses in Colombia will not run when the Drug Dealers are bombing the road.
This is normally the same.
So going to the next safe location.
Staying there, listening to other coming from the direction you are proceeding.
Than only whey you know the good path. Proceed.
The Turkey / Iraq border cross ins more or Sipoli.
It looks on the map maybe 3- 5 hour from Mosul.
I am leaving shortly to catch a bus to Urfa.
Not easy to find the bus schedules so I am winging it .
It appears to be about 24 hour in a bus.
I would ONLY stay in Sultanahmet area.
Unless you totally want to miss the Turkey culture... Not really but more than in the modern side... Hyatt and such.
Tourist .. Best Western is most cultural.
Party people. Orient Hostel.
Cheap Hostel and very nice and calm. Antique
Cheap room and very nice. Admirials.
There are lots of rooms for around 25 Dollars that I would feel is good for anyone.
Hostel Dorms are 10 Million per person.
Cheap rooms are about 15 Million.
For your information. I have a chat room on my page.