Boat, Train Trips – Article – Eurasia Review

There is nothing I enjoy more than traveling on the Cityline ferries between Bostanci Buyukada or Buyukada Kabatas in Istanbul. You are sitting on a secluded wooden bench on the back deck, you take a cup of tea from the buffet, you put on a jacket or a hard coat, you have a warm hat on your head, the wind is blowing a light breeze, the sun is warming you, you have a very good time.

When I was in high school, we took a family ferry trip between Istanbul and Amasra on the Black Sea ferry. At that time, the ship stopped at the ports of Samsun, Ordu and Trabzon, and then headed to Hoba, the farthest port. Now there are no more such ferry services, people go everywhere by plane.

In February 1973, Metu Mechanical Engineering education ended with a one-semester extension. I had to retake the Dynamics course I failed in sophomore year in the extension semester, so I studied another class, got good grades and passed. With the limited pocket money we received from our parents, we wanted to take a long trip that we hadn’t taken before. Three close friends from the same school, even from the same AAL high school, we first took the train from Ankara to Istanbul at night. The next morning, we bought a third class ticket on the passenger boat from Galata pier to Iskenderun. In the afternoon, the boat left the pier, and we sat on the deck and watched the sea with pleasure.

We all had dreams for the future. In the evening, we ate the food and sandwiches we had brought with us in the cabin. We passed the Dardanelles at night. When we reached the Aegean, a storm broke out in the sea. The steamer swayed like a walnut shell. Passengers with weak stomachs were trying to regain their senses on board. We got dressed and went on board. Storm intensity was as high as a Beaufort Seven, we didn’t know what that scale was, we learned it here. The passing sailors were always talking in cipher, saying “Three Beaufort, five.”

The night passed, the storm passed. We arrived at the port of Izmir. After the storm we had spent the night not feeling like going to the beach, we continued our way towards Kusadasi, put on our swimsuits and sunbathe on the deck. The next day, the ferry reached Bodrum. Since there was no suitable berth for the pier, it was installed at sea. The cruise is now over for us. We didn’t want to continue our Iskenderun trip, so we took our bags and went to the beach by boat.

In February 1973, Bodrum was empty. It was not as popular as it is today. We found a suitable hostel in the center. We were eating at a local restaurant nearby. We’ve been walking on the beach all day. There were other university students who came to Bodrum like us, and we chatted with them in the coastal tea gardens. The weather was moderate and relatively warm, but there was no such thing as swimming in the sea.

After the holiday ended, we returned to Ankara by bus. Each of us went our own way. I got a job in a general factory. When I look back, I say I’m glad I took this boat trip. I always wanted to take long-distance ferry trips to distant ports, but the opportunity did not come. Greek Islands, Mediterranean Tour, Piraeus, Naples, Marseille, Barcelona.

It always crosses my mind to cross the Atlantic by boat. You’ll take the ferry from Southampton Harbor, you’ll go out on the open sea for three nights and three days to New York Harbor, and you’ll see the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island as you enter New York Harbor. You don’t necessarily need to travel in a luxury cabin. A second class ticket with decent food with a deck card is enough for me.

Until now, all transatlantic crossings have always been by plane. I took the longest flight from Istanbul to Houston, it was a very long flight over Frankfurt and Dallas, as if it would never end.

I would also like to take a long train ride through the sleeping locker. I have always traveled by train to Ankara-Istanbul and Ankara-Izmir. I would also like to plan to cross between Ankara and Kars by train. I am planning to travel to stay in Sivas for a while after construction of YHT High Speed ​​​​Train line in Ankara Sivas is finished.

In 1976, while in Russia, the Moscow-Vladivostok Trans-Siberian Railway was built. It is now already over and is very popular. There are other long train journeys. The most famous is the flight that starts in Cairo and arrives in Dakar from the North African coast. Then, in America, one must take the Central American train journey from coast to coast other ocean between Washington and Los Angeles. Another in India. Also consider the train in Australia from Sydney to Perth, and from Sydney to Darwin.

All this in dreams for a while during the covid19 process. Even the high-speed YHT train that takes a little more than four hours between Ankara and Istanbul, it is not easy to buy tickets. There are almost no tickets for the first week, but you can find tickets for the second week. Tickets are already available for the next two weeks at the most. Business tickets sold out immediately.

This summer, there is the possibility of unlimited train travel within Germany with a ticket of only €9. Those who live in Germany should make the most of this opportunity.

Traveling is a good thing. Especially if you don’t have to drive. Air travel is essential for business, but if you get the chance, take the train or ferry to travel.

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