10th December 1998 After almost 1 1/2 weeks of continous rain it finally cleared up a little. But this is, according to the weatherfax Europe of short time.
I try to get AMBERELLA dry and had a big washing day.
In only 2 weeks Nastasja and Nina will come to Fethiye. The family and crew will be together again.
I will send a more detailed report about Izmir soon after the trip starts.
5th December 1998 Nothing special happend the past days. After some boring rainy days there was some nice weather again, but today it started to rain again.
We postponed our planned trip to Istanbul in favour of another journey, We want to go to Izmir now. Probably in the middle of next week. Istanbul will be visited in February, when the a bigger boat show is due. There are many ship chandlers, because in Izmir they dump the big old cargo ships. A lot of second hand gear can be found there. I want to get second hand charts from one of the old ships and as well some bronce fittings.
Progress on AMBERELLA is slow. I could use some help, and its hard to go on with nobodye to share some working success.
I removed the last deck fittings, like genua rails and hand rails and started to make the deck water proof.I fixed the delaminated tiller steering and spend again a lot of time looking for parts and ideas.
Turkish shopping experiences:
When I was once again in Fethiye to look for a cooker, Gonca a turkish friend helped to find one. In Turkey it seems impossible to find a gas cooker. They sell all kinds of electric cookers, and even little gas stoves but the baking oven is allways 220 Volts electric. When we came into a store where someone said he would have what I am looking for in his store I was relieved and happy that I would not need to import an expensive cooker from Italy (which is about 700 US$) But he told me 3 days in a row that he will bring the cooker and show it. After 4 days he turned up 2 hours late for the appointment and he showed me a rooten peace of metal that might have been a cooker some centuries ago..... again a turkish experience.
The next thing happend today when I went out for a simple aluminium string which I want to use below the deck as support for the rails above. The first shop offered 10 meters of 2 mm aluminum string for a price of 15 Million Turkish Lira. (about 50 $) Creazy, I though, and wondered what the price of gold is in Turkey:-) Anyway the next shop asked 8 Million, but I still did not believe it was that expensive. Later I walked into another store and asked again, (this time asking the kilo price) and walked out with 12 meters of the same aluminium string for a price of 1.800 000 Million (= 6 Dollars)... You wont believe it..Inflation turned to deflation...
In the meantime I found a long 48 mm stainless tube for a resonable price, for my wind generator which will arrive in January.
Thanks to all that responded to my Kappadokia trip. It encourages me to keep writing more detailed travel stories. I hope to get some news about Ismir and will update asap.
28th November 1998 The moonlike landscape of Kappadokia was not only used for the movie "Star Wars". Its a countryside with valley and rock formations where nature truly played with fantasy. I spent the 3 days in Kappadokia with some friends in the heart of Anatolia and there was a lot to write for my diary. Don't miss it!