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Aug 24, 2005 - Kemal Ataturk

People saıd skıp Ankara - glad I ıgnored them. (they have street sıgns!) The ancıent hıstory ıs here but current hıstory seems much more predomınate. Spent yesterday at Ataturk's Mausoleum - a huge memorıal. Marble Plaza & motıonless (real) soldıers & museums on Ataturk wıth the mausoleum at the top of 42 staırs above all of Ankara. Huge panoramas of hıs battles and dısplays of hıs memos & edıcts and person effects - hıs cars, hıs speeches...truly an amazıng man. At Gallıpolı he led them ınto battle sayıng 'we have not come to fıght, we...

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Trip to Türkiye...

Aug 8, 2005 - Ankara awaits

Crossing the Black Sea, Turkey appears green and mountainous. This soon gives way to the arid region of central Anatolia. Ankara's red-tiled roof-tops fill the valleys and hill tops. Ankara's quaint airport will soon be replaced by a much larger, modern terminal. Upon leaving security we are greeted by our hosts, Sadık and Asude and our experience of legendary Turkish hospıtality begins. Their daughter, Beliz, has brought ice cold water to ease our transition to the desert-like climate. Arriving at our hosts lovely home, we are offered the...

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Jul 31, 2005 - De vuelta en la capital

Escribo de una vez algo sobre Ankara (la Ankyra de César Augusto, el que la anexó al imperio) ya que si mañana me dan la última visa, saldré en la noche hacia la frontera, el monte Ararat, y probablemente no habrá mas noticias hasta que esté en el corazón de Irán. Hoy domingo en la tarde recorrí la parte norte de esta capital (las embajadas están en el sur) y el punto más interesante, pienso, es la mezquita Haci Bayram, no tanto por ella, sino porque está construida sobre una iglesia bizantina, que a su vez se construyó sobre un templo...

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Ruta de la Seda

Jul 29, 2005 - Éxito en Ankara

Llegué ayer a las 10 de la noche a la estación y no dudé en tratar de llegar en metro hasta el hotel, me dio valor saber que cosas mucho más difíciles me esperaban. Hoy fue un día de suerte, obtuve las visas para Uzbekistán y Kirguistán; debo aclarar que esta fortuna no hubiese sido posible sin la ayuda previa que me proporcionó nuestro embajador en Turquía, Prof. Kaldone Nweihed y su equipo. No puedo contar mucho de Ankara porque estuve montado en un taxi yendo de embajada a embajada y de banco a banco, además porque he decidido ir a pasar...

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Ruta de la Seda

Apr 9, 2005 - Traın to Ankara

We started our day with a taxi ride to the bus station driven by a wanna be race car driver. Our drıver pulled so many close calls on the freeway that i just had to laugh while Karin closed her eyes. The train ride to Ankara was interestıng. We saw farmers still using horse drawn carts and flocks of sheep guarded by sheep dogs. Tomorrow we head for Cappadocia. Both of us are both looking forward to a change of pace from the bıg cities. People told us before we went that everybody will be trying to sell you something...it gets to you after...

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Apr 2, 2005 - Bem-vindo a Asia!!!!

Kirikkale, Turquia. "Welcome to Asia". Esta eh a inscricao em uma placa amarela, instalada logo apos a ponte Bolazic Koprusu, que cruza o Estreito de Bosforo. Do lado direito, o mar de Marmara. Do lado esquerdo, com alguma boa vontade, o mar Negro. La fora, 0o Celcius. Estava esperando temperaturas abaixo de 0oC apenas no Quirguistao, devido a altitude. Foi soh cruzarmos a ponte, e da-lhe neve! Nunca poderia imaginar que a Turquia se parecesse tanto com a Suica... Foi nosso primeiro dia de estrada, dirigimos o dia todo. Foi tambem o meu...

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Sabático - 2005

Jul 11, 2004 - Diplomacy ın Actıon #3

Ankara, high 80s, partly cloudy Everyone I've ever talked to about Ankara has told me it's a dump. I wonder if we're talking about the same city. Ankara struck me at first as absolutely beautiful. Well, after Esenboga Airport, which could only disappoint - both Athens and Istanbul have airports less than 3 years old, and the airport in Ankara was small, dirty, and very crowded. Ankara is a modern city - when Atatürk moved his capital here in the 1920s, it was a tiny village named Angora (famous for wool) of about 5,000 people. Today it's a...

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Cyprus & Turkey 2004

Apr 5, 2004 - Istanbul to Ankara

Today's bus ride to Ankara was fascinating, through snow-covered mountains etc. We've had some interesting food and drink choices, they are big on yoghurt over here so a lot of their food is based on that. But some stuff is quite yummy. Our group is 9 people plus our guide. 4 of us Kiwis, 2 Aussies (a mother and a flight attendant daughter), and 3 Americans. We've got two more joining at Antalya. We are on about 40 seater coach so we get about 4 seats each to choose from. Got heaps of photos and because I've got my laptop I've been able...

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Dot's Big OE 2004

Mar 8, 2004 - A traveling day

Off to the airport this morning for a flight to Ankara. Apparently no one really stays in Ankara, it is just a jumping off point for other locations. We did visit the Ataturk Mausoleum. it is quite grand. You don't have to be in Turkey very long to get an idea of how much Ataturk is revered. His mausoleum reminded me very much of many Egyptian temples. We happened to be there during the changing of the guard. There is also a very nice museum which tells the story of the Turkish fight for independence after the partitioning following WWI....

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