Update from the crossroads of Azerbijian, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Russia, Turkmenistan and Turkey

Well I made it through Southeast Anatolia and it was awesome. Blog to come soon. Right now I am in Kars, bordering Armenia and the ex-Soviet Georgia. The ambience is a bit colder here and I seem to be only greeted with unwelcome stares (and the occasional odd smile.) Yesterday I strolled the dilapidated concrete city in search of the train station and no one would help me with my broken Turkish. A gaggle of Russian prostitutes chased me instead and I had no idea what they were saying. One of them then pointed to my ring so I swung my arm away, walked faster, and stuffed my ring in my pocket. I was going to escape this ex-Silk road conjunction ASAP but I am just too tired to move on right now. So I will give it another day and maybe I’ll be able to laugh about it soon.

Right after I wrote the above, I strolled into a bookshop, a rare find in East Turkey, and met Sınan, a historian and author. He regaled me with many stories of Kars' turbulent history and past and made me see Kars in a different light. He was a bit of an intellectual (with several conspiracy theories as I began to learn from hanging out with him), and of Kurdish, Turkmen and Azerbi blood, was a great example of the melting pot that Kars has become under Russian and Turkish rule.

Right after I wrote the above, I strolled into a bookshop, a rare find in East Turkey, and met Sınan, a historian and author. He regaled me with many stories of Kars' turbulent history and past and made me see Kars in a different light. He was a bit of an intellectual (with several conspiracy theories as I began to learn from hanging out with him), and of Kurdish, Turkmen and Azerbi blood, was a great example of the melting pot that Kars has become under Russian and Turkish rule.

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~ by ceciliabien on September 8, 2009.

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