Logbook 3/18/2013 – To Erzurum and Bayburt, Turkey

Logbook 3/18/2013

To Erzurum and Bayburt, Turkey

TRAVEL NEWS

Local Time:

Time Zone: Eastern European Time

How far did we travel this week? I traveled 450 miles one way, to Erzurum in Northeastern Turkey, then another 80 miles to Bayburt, another town, one way.

How far have we traveled on our journey so far? A lot!

How did we get around this week? I took an overnight bus—for 14 hours!—to Erzurum. I took a taxi to Bayburt (the bus had a wreck), and a bus back to Erzurum. To return home from Erzurum I flew.

What was the most interesting place we visited this week? Palandöken ski mountain.

This Week’s Travel News: After classes were finished Friday night, I boarded a bus for a 14-hour journey heading northeast. I slept pretty well, although I woke up at least every two hours when the bus stopped and the lights came on. On Saturday morning I arrived into another world. It was all white! Where I live, it is too warm for snow. But here, everything was covered in snow. It was gorgeous! I met my friends on Palandöken Mountain and skied all day. It was a lot of fun. That evening, I was definitely ready for bed!

NATURE NEWS

Weather Tally (enter the # of days for each weather type):

Sunny: Cloudy: Partly cloudy: Rainy: Snowy: Windy:

What is the air temperature right now?

How was the weather this week? In Erzurum and Bayburt, it was very snowy.

What animals did we see this week? Some birds.

What was the coolest thing we saw in nature this week? Lots and lots of snow.

This Week’s Nature News: It snowed so much on Sunday night around Erzurum that my friend and I had to take a taxi, with four other men, to the town of Bayburt. The bus we were supposed to take had a wreck before it got to us, and there were no other buses that night. What should have been an hour and a half journey by car ended up taking two and a half hours, because of all the snowdrifts. Along the way, buses and semis were in ditches, and one of our windshield wipers broke. Thankfully, we made it! The next day, snow fell all day long. We still climbed up to a castle on the mountain, and when we got there, it stopped snowing for long enough so that I could take some good photos of the town below.

OUR NEWS

What languages are spoken here? Turkish

What type of money is used here? The Turkish Lira

How much does a bottle of water cost? $0.25

What was the best meal this week? Warm lentil soup and pide, cheese baked on bread with an egg cracked on top. Perfect on a cold snowy day!

What music did we listen to this week? INNA – INNdiA (a pop song people in Turkey are into)

What activity was the most fun this week? Skiing!

What did I read this week? I started Snow by Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish author.

What games or sports did I play? I went skiing.

This Week’s News: When I arrived on the mountain to ski, I met my friends who live in the area. Some of them are from sunny places in the United States (like Arizona) and had never been skiing. They had booked a skiing instructor, who helped them learn and gave others with experience tips on how to ski better. It turns out, our ski instructor was supposed to represent Turkey at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, but crushed his hand just before. He is an excellent skier and an excellent teacher as well, so we were lucky. We had a wonderful day on the mountain, surrounded by beautiful snowy slopes and trees. When riding the ski lift up the mountain, we had a nice view of the city of Erzurum in the distance. The sun was shining and it was a wonderful day.

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