It was Ramadan. That’s the time when Muslims fast during the day to eat only at night. We took an overnight bus which stopped what felt like hourly so that the passengers could eat. We arrived at our destination. Somehow worked out a taxi to take us to a guest house and then set off to climb a very long hill in time for sunset. My body was worn. I couldn’t keep up. I hadn’t had enough water. But we were in Eastern Turkey and Mount Nemrut was one of it’s gems. I would make it to the top to see the giant heads of the ancient Greek gods.
By the time I reached the top I was barely walking. The road was just that, a road. Nothing difficult, I was just exhausted. Had to push farther and finally made it. I took this picture with Zeus and we went around to the other side of the hill to watch the sunset.
Then we met a Kurdish Turk who wanted to take us into Northern Iraq. He called himself Montana and claimed the name was given to him by the US soldiers he guided through the area. I’m not sure why we didn’t go with him, probably because we knew our mothers would kill us.
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IF YOU GO: We didn’t expect to be able to see Greek deities in Eastern Turkey, but it made it feel like Ancient Greece Holidays instead of modern Ramadan. Turkey is a great place to visit and is filed with things to do and see. If you do head out east, don’t just stop at Nemrut, be sure to explore some of the cities of the eastern Turkey region but don’t plan to travel during Ramadan…it’s rough.