Bike-Ride To Australia 6th-December 2011 Istanbul. Well, I found out why my train journey took so long yesterday. The story goes it was a German company tasked with building the track. Who, for some bizarre reason, was paid by the metre! Hence the railway takes the longest route possible, twisting and turning around every hill and mountain! Sumeya, the waitress who was telling me this, said that anybody with any sense takes the bus, it only takes six hours!
I think I’m glad I didn’t know about the bus. It was bad enough on the short journey to meet Julie from the airport! I don’t think my nerves could have taken six hours! No, sitting on a train for eleven hours was definitely the right choice!
What To Do
It’s my last full day in Turkey. My flight to India leaves tomorrow evening, so I thought I’d better go and see what else I could find. Walking out of the hotel and past one of the shops, one of the shop keepers called out to me, saying, “are you back again!” That surprised me; I’d never spoken to him before! Do I stand out that much? Apparently, I do. He’d seen me the other week when I left on my bike!
I decided that I’d go and look at the Galata Tower. It was one of the places I never got to see when Julie was here. Due to that stupid cruise, we got conned into going on! It was pretty good looking out over the city. I soon grew bored with that and went for a walk. That didn’t last, and I quickly bored with that as well! I’m not a very good tourist at the best of times, let alone when I’m on my own! I headed back to the hotel and sat in the bar updating the website.
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