Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Keep Calm and Carry On.
It seemed a bit inappropriate to be posting pretty pictures and enjoying the glorious countryside when to the north, fellow citizens, children and elders included, were being blasted with water and gas, but the latest "duran adam" protests give me cause for hope. It started with one man, standing immobile for 8 hours. He was joined by others and now this form of Standing Man silent, passive protest has spread around the country and further afield. It just proves that you can't keep a good Turk down. I'm not going to feel guilty about carrying on as normal, in fact I think it is our duty in the tourist areas to keep up the positive posts as the economy of this region is reliant on tourism and shutting down in sympathy with the protesters won't help anyone.
I've had great fun the past week travelling around with old friends Kath and Dave in their camper van. We spent a lot of the 1980's travelling together and it's great to be back on the road together again. After a few false starts getting into the van, Jake can now leap in without needing the step, I wish I could say the same for myself.
The storm clouds moved in but didn't put a damper on our picnic next to Lake Bafa.
I assumed that such a large van would be difficult to manoeuvre and restrict the the places we could visit but show Dave a narrow lane and he's off down it with no qualms about getting stuck. Extreme campervanning at it's best. If we do come a cropper we can always pull out the Turkish Flag and stage our own Standing Van protest.