Es war gar nicht so einfach, von Istanbul nach Trier zu gelangen. Der Istanbul-Belgrad Zug blieb in Sofia stehen, und mein Waggon, der ja bis nach Belgrad gefahren werden sollte, haette dann erst 8 Stunden spaeter den Weg fortgesetzt. Ich konnte dann noch schnell in den Zug auf dem Gleis gegenueber springen. Der fuhr nach Belgrad. Und an den haette mein Schlafwagenwagon eigentlich angehaengt werden sollen, wenn ich das alles richtig verstanden habe. Dieser Zug nach Belgrad hatte auch wieder drei Schlafwage´-Wagons dabei: einer war fuer Ljubljana, zwei fuer Wien. Und was geschah in BElgrad? Die Wiener Schlafwagen-Wagons stoppten wiederum die Reise, und anstatt ueber Nacht nach Wien zu fahren haette ich die Nacht im BElgrader Bahnhof verbringen sollen....Zwar im Zug, aber auch das erschien mir nicht wirklcih als erstrebenswert. Ich fand dann einen Bus nach Novi Sad, das ist Richtung Budapest und der Zuf waere da auch lang gefahren. Anschliessend hab ich das Geld, das sonts in das Zuticket tgeflossen waere, in ein Taxi investiert und bin 1,5 Std. zum serbisc´-ungarischen Grenzort gefahren. Von dort gab es dann nen LKW der mich bis kurz vor der ungarisch-oesterreichischen Grenze mitnahm. Er musste nach Slowenien, und hat mich dann einfach rausgelassen, bevor er die Autobahn verlassen musste fuer die GRenze. Somit stand ich dann am Standstreifen, morgens um 9 Uhr....und es sah ja schon gar nicht nach stoppenden Autos aus, aber dann hat doch ein junges rumaenisches Paerchen angehalten und mich die 1,5 Std nach Wien transportiert. Dort konnte ich dann planmaessig in den EC24 einsteigen, der mich bis nach Frankfurt brachte, und heute legte ich dann den Rest der Strecke bis nach Trier zurueck. Wo mich dann ein Berg wichtiger Schreiben von Krankenkasse, Finanzamt und Rentenversicherung erwartete....Das war die Kurzfassung der Heimreise, war aber etwas kompliziertes als es sich anhoert. Und Istanbul-Deutschland bei Zug ohne Uebernachtunsgaufenthalt in Sofia, Belgrad oder Zagreb oder sogar mehrere dieser Staedte scheint wirklich kaum machbar zu sein. Schade, da die Betten in den Zuegen eigentlich gut waren. Aber die Nacht im LKW war halt die eindeutig schnellere Variante.
Und jetzt geh ich erstmal einkaufen und mache was Richtiges zu Essen...
I arrived Istanbul and also managed to buy the ticket for tomorrow to go to Belgrade. My train this morning was two hours late. I hope we don't arrive so late in Belgrade, bevause there is only 1,5 hours time to buy ticket and take the train to Vienna. If I miss this train, I have to stay overnight in Belgrade :-( So please wish me good luck for at least this time, the train arrives on time.... Or only 30m minutes late...
Hello, I visited this Mevlâna museum - the reasons why tourists come here - and for me, it was neither very beautiful nor very holy (it is a shrine from some special kind of mysthic muslims), and many tourist women went even inside without headscarf. It is not allowed to take photos because they want to make business with postcards. Definetly, not the most intersting thing I have seen in Turkey...
I arrived well in Konya, and after putting my luggage in a hotel (I wondered if I am the only guest, because so many doors were open), I went to the train station and wanted to buy my ticket to IStanbul. For tomorrow, Friday. But really, no luck: all trains tomorrow are cancelled. So I only go a ticket for the Saturday evening night train which makes me arrive in Istanbul on Sunday 23 september early morning. So I only stay one night there, and I will stay with Mehmets family. Mehmet is a friend of the carpet sellers in Kayseri and I met him during my first stay in Kayseri. I haven't seen anything in Konya yet. But as I have to stay here one day more than expected, it is no problem, I have much time....
Yesterday, in the Ihlara hotel, I had a nice discussion with a Suedish guy who had visited Iran 4 years ago. He traveled there with his girlfriend. Most of the time, they were together, but when she was alone, she had the same impressions as me. So I am lucky that the Iranians are really like I met them and they were not just stupid with me but with every western woman who walks alone in the streets. And he had the same impression about Iran and all the Middle East countries: that people very often are friendly, but very often just because of business or another very selfish reason and only very few of them are really interested in the foreign person they are talking to...
today I walked the whole Ihlara Valley, not alone but with a young English couple, and it is a very nice place, not so much for the stone churches we saw but more for the small river and all the big stones around there. The English couple stays in the same hotel as me, I have three beds for myself and my own bathroom. At night, it gets quite cold here. But during the hiking, we had around 30 degrees. Fortunately, there were many trees in the valley!
Tomorrow morning, I go back to aksaray and from there, catch one of the buses to Konya. I don't have a ticket but during Ramazan, there are less people in the buses than in August, so there will be a free seat for me.
Yesterday I climbed the Mount Erçiyes, an ex-volcanoe next to Kayseri. It is a nice mountain, but quite high, I was walking at aroung 3000m and the wind was cold, but sun very strong. So at least during the last week of my travel, I managed to get a red face ;-)
And I did the carpet business. And now I ask myself, if the people here are only nice to you if you do the business with them. It is not clear. But defintely, it is not what we call friendship, even if they always say 'my friend' and things like that. What is annoyıng here is that even if you tell a carpet seller that you alread made business in another shop, they will continue to try to get you into their shop. That's stupid. No tourist will make business in more than one shop. The tourists here are more the kind of simple tourist and not millionairs...But the sellers here really believe that everybody needs lots of carpets. And that everybody is rich.
I decided to go to Ihlara Valley next, it is not far from Kayseri and on half-way to Konya. And I can do hiking there, and in the middle of the valley, I hope there are no sellers any more.
I also put the newest schedule only. I think it will be the last, only if they don't give me train tickets I have to change my plans. I should be in Trier again Thursday 27 september.
If I get all the train tickets, this schedule will really be the last one:
Friday 21/09 Konya
Sat 22/09 Konya, nighttrain to Istanbul at 17:30
Sun 23/09 Istanbul arrival at 06:30 or 07:30...
Mon 24/09 Istanbul, nighttrain to Beograd
Tue 25/09 20:36 Beograd, 22:05 nighttrain to Vienna
Wed 26/09 08:57 Vienna, 12:30 Eurocity to Frankfurt
Thur 27/09 Frankfurt-Trier