I’m leaving tomorrow for a week-and-a-half-long trip around Turkey and Greece. It’s gonna be a LOT of travelling. I’m going by bus, plain, and ferry to get all these places. I’m in the excited, nervous, slightly morbid state of mind I get into before all my international trips.
This’ll be my first time in Turkey and Greece. It’ll be my first time crossing the Iraq-Turkey border by bus. My first time on a ferry. I don’t know Turkish, or Greek (at least I read Greek fluently – although I won’t understand much of Modern Greek). I’ll be travelling alone for most of it.
But the anticipation is always worse than the actual deed. Every single time I’ve travelled, I’ve gotten on the ground and all my worries prove to be trivial. I meet wonderful people who help me, and these magical coincidences happen which make me believe that the universe knows exactly what’s going on.
Here’s the rough itinerary:
Thursday, March 7: Take red-eye bus from Suli, Iraq to Diyarbakir, Turkey.
Friday, March 8: Early morning arrive in Diyarbakir. Possibly jaunt over to Hasankeyf.
Sunday, March 10: Explore Izmir.
Monday, March 11: Bus up to Bergama
Tuesday, March 12: Bergama, Ayvalik
Wednesday, March 13: Ferry to Lesvos.
Thursday, March 14: Explore Lesvos. Red-eye ferry from Lesvos to Piraeus (Athens).
Friday, March 15: Arrive in Piraeus (Athens) in the early morning. Meet with a friend in Athens. Take a nap, then see: The Acropolis, the Plaka, the Syntagma, etc.
Saturday, March 16: More Athens. Maybe Mykonos.
Sunday, March 17: Athens’ surroundings.
Monday, March 18: Fly out of Athens back to Diyarbakir.
Tuesday, March 19: Bus from Diyarbakir to Suli.
Wednesday, March 20: Celebrate Newroz in Suli.
Thursday, March 21: Newroz picnic (seyran) in Suli.
See you in 2 weeks!