Turkey – back to Istanbul and Ankara again and the Terrorist attacks
The hotel I booked was on the European part was one of the worst hotels I ever stayed. The room I booked was without a window and just as big as the bed has place in. The room was for more than 25 Euros each night. I booked two nights and had already paid before I arrived. I was close to a nerve collapse after I have seen the room and after my bad experiences in Ankara before. I made trouble at the receptionist, because I couldn’t accept it and luckily they gave me a little bit better room, not really bigger but with window. The neighborhood was also not really the best. If you ever stay in Istanbul don`t book at the Kaya Hotel.
I was not interested to walk around and loose again a lot of money on the European part of this city. So, I stayed the whole day in my room, working on my blog and tried to find a nice hostel for the next days.
And – there was my luck coming back. I found a really cheap and very good referenced Hostel at booking.com. As I arrived, the personal was very friendly at the twinsroom hostel and I arrived in a dorm with other nice people in. I was so happy. I met Mohammed from Sudan, one guy from Libya and one from Algeria in my room. Also I met two young German girls traveling round Europe and a Swiss guy, who was traveling by bike from Basel till China. He needed just six weeks from Basel to Istanbul and remember, it was winter time. Respect to him.
We had great discussions and a lot of wine. I was feeling very good at this place. I just can highly recommend the twinsroom Hostel and the twins café below, owned by a South African guy – he had the best coffee in Istanbul and you get a special price if you are a hostel guest. I had such a good time there. Thanks to all of you.
After Istanbul, my plan was to go back to Eskisehir for one day to meet Mustafa again to give him some information’s and helping him, going on with his live. I stayed again at the Bulvar hostel and met him and some if his Iraqi friends. It was a nice evening too. Unfortunately my plan with Iran I cancelled because of the visa problem (too long time to get the registration number). I was really sad about it. Iran was one of my biggest dreams to discover. But with this long waiting time I had just maybe two weeks to travel through Iran and this time would be not enough, also the visa would be too expensive with hundred euros for this short time. I will go their separate after my journey.
I got a contact from Paul, my new friend I was meeting in Las Palmas (his Blog Weltblicke) and the blog of Ana, his girlfriend. Both are blessed traveler and writer. Samuel was the couch surf contact they gave me and he lives in Soran, a city in northern Iraq. He is an English teacher from London and he invited me to show me the Kurdistan autonomic area and stay at his place for free.
So, I went back to Ankara, the place I hate so much by bus. I wanted to take the train, but on these day there was no electricity in the whole western country. After one day I found out what was the happening – Terrorists kidnapped one guy from an electricity company and killed him later. On the same day there happened also three other attacks to Istanbul. All from a militant left group to fight against the Erdogan system and the capitalism.
From Ankara goes the Trans-Asia Express to Teheran and I wanted to go with it to Van and from there to Iraq – Soran, the place of Samuel. I booked an AirBnB place from Omer in Ankara for one night. He was not at home, so he instructed his flat mate Greg from Canada to welcome me. These two guys were so nice and friendly to me – Greg hates Ankara same like me, he is just there because of his girlfriend.
But he said that he cannot stay there a long time, because this place makes a too bad mood to him. We had a nice evening and Omer said I can stay for free, because he loves my doing with the refugees and all this stuff. So nice. From them I also got a contact to a refugee camp near the Kobane on the Syrian border. I will go there after Iraq.
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