LIVE: Turkey is not big… it is enormous!

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We knew Turkey is a big country, but before we decided to make an overland transit over it, we still had wrong impressions about its size.

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Camping spot near Bosporus (Turkey by car)

Our first plan was to drive from the Bosporus to Georgia, taking the road along the Black Sea cost, but as soon as we needed 3 hours for a little bit more than 100 kilometers, we had to change something if wanting to reach Georgia sooner than in a month.

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You cannot avoid drinking tea while in Turkey (Turkey by car)

Even though we have been on the road for 6 days only, we have changed our plan for the second time already – I do wonder how many times this will be done during our 2 months adventure. Nevertheless, we are back on track and driving along the D-100 road, which is relatively quick and free of charge.

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Somewhere in the wild (Turkey by car)

The changed plan needed some sacrifices – we had to leave out the Amasa and Sinop, which I was keen on visiting. But luckily we could managed to keep in the Amasya, which is along the way.

We have been driving along fields with sunflowers, nuts, rice… and because of the wheat everything looks charmingly goldish.

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Our little helper in the kitchen (Turkey by car)

We needed less than a week to be doing what locals like to do – having picnics everywhere we stop. Ok, not really everywhere as almost all stops along the road are full with trash (mostly plastics). The only difference between us and the locals is, that we still try to find a clean spot, when the locals just cook tea and have something to eat wherever they can find a free spot.

I guess we in Europe are not really aware, what privilege is to have clean nature around us, before trully being surrounded by garbage.

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Delicious street food along the way (Turkey by car)

A good thing about driving in Turkey is, you cannot really get hungry or thirsty, as there are street joints everywhere – selling tea and food, including vegetables and fruit stands. And the best thing about it – it is cheap. We spend less than 4 Euros and we are both full.

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