Thursday July 3, 2014 I just received an email from the Tajikistan Consulate in Istanbul. Our corrected visas and passports have been mailed to us and this should enable us to start our journey once again with a train east to Erzurum.
In the meantime we visited the fascinating Ankara Castle. The earliest records show it conquered around the year 1027 but that it was built way earlier by the Romans. The city views are stunning.
Yesterday we went to an “original” movie of the latest Transformers. By original it is in English with Turkish subtitles.
We have also been enjoying our hosts Deniz and Banu and their friends along with our roommate Mark from England. What fun times we have had. On Tuesday we made tacos for “Taco Tuesday”. They were a big hit thanks to Jocelyn who learned how to cook fresh taco shells from my wife Andee. It took a bit of looking but we found fresh flour tortillas. We even smashed pinto beans and made refried beans. A true “American” dish!
Mark left for points east today and we have to admit we were slightly jealous. We plan to meet up with him in the “Stans”. Our time is tomorrow, on the 4th of July!