Street music in Turkey

Street music in Turkey

No matter if you busk for great human interaction or just to improve your traveling budget, Turkey is a country which will do for both. Officially, there is no rule that allows or forbids any kind of street art. That’s why you will get completely different...
Country Review: Turkey

Country Review: Turkey

Turkey is such a huge, highly diverse place of very different landscapes, cultures and people that a review of the country as a whole can hardly do it justice. As this was my fifth time in Turkey and Maria was there the second time, we hopefully developed quite a good...
Trans-Asia Express: a train ride of contrasts

Trans-Asia Express: a train ride of contrasts

As we tried to run away from the winter in Eastern Turkey, we decided to take the Trans-Asia Express, a 3 day train ride which might be a pretty underestimated rail adventure. We arrived in Kayseri train station one hour before the train, as we’d been told....
Busking in Kayseri, Turkey

Busking in Kayseri, Turkey

I still don’t get the rules of busking in Turkey. It seems that there are none, except the policemen’s personal opinions. This time they just decided not to bother me. As street performers are probably somewhat rare in a city like Kayseri, the policemen...
Tuz Gölü: Turkey’s salt reservoir

Tuz Gölü: Turkey’s salt reservoir

Looking for a rather flat cycling route towards Cappadocia from Ankara, we picked the road along Tuz Gölü (eng.: Salt lake) rather for the topography and didn’t think of its natural beauty too much. We ended up positively surprised! The salt lake turned out to...
Fun and failure in Ankara

Fun and failure in Ankara

We arrived in the Turkish capital with three important main goals on our to-do-list: Apply for Iranian visa Apply for Pakistani visa Typhus vaccination (Ben) So Ankara was a stop with more of a “business” notion to it – and while this pretty well...
Ten days in the city of cities: Istanbul

Ten days in the city of cities: Istanbul

After three adventurous cycling days in western Turkey, which had a bit of everything (great stretches of road and ugly ones, silence and crazy traffic, warm nights and thunderstorms) and a great warm welcome of all the Turkish people we met (at least 30 invitations...