Thank you both for your replys.
Succat: I will try to check out my governments homepage, and see what rules are written there.
Daniel: So no japanese encephalitis, but you mean that i should buy the Malaria medicine in Thailand? I dont have to take it everyday - not even if i head north, or into Cambodia or Laos - around jungle areas?
I dont know if it works in that way, that one has to take it everyday to prevent Malaria, or that you only take it once you are hit with Malaria?
- I have read different opiniones on this subject.
My trip was amazing! I actually made it all the way south to Damascus in Syria, wanting to head into Jorden->israel->saudi arabia-> then north through Iraq->iran->pakistan-> and then India. BUT i was burnt out after 5 months, and my stepdad had his 50 year old birthday party coming up that i promised to come home to, since the whole family would be there. So my mother kept calling and sending me these long, crying emails about how scared she was about the middle east, and that she wanted me home. So finally i just said OK and hitched ALL the way back to Ankara and flew home.
But like you my rout was very similar - thats funny. My plan was actually to fly back to Syria and continue my trip - but since i got this free ticket i feel it is only stupid to say no to that, even despite im low on money.
- I heard that Malaria pills should be really expensive, and that they make you sick and give headaches, etc etc.?
It sounds nice with the Northern part of Iraq. Its that area: South-east Turkey, North-west Iran and North-east Syria where the all countries border. In this area there should be many, many kurds there - but also many conflicts. I met several of them in southern parts of Turket and northern parts of Syria - they are beautiful and generous people.
I once stayed with a kurdish family in Mersin, Turkey. I had just parted with a "road romance" the same day, she was going west, me east. I was sad, bummed, tired and hungry as always. While sitting by the water, writing in my journal a Turkish family came up to me asking me where i was from and if i liked Turkey etc. Later they gave me a plate with food, cola and bread. I was so greatful for their givings. They left, and then came back later to retrieve the plates, and told me that they had no room in their flat, but that i could go in the mosque, since they might be able to help me. I felt a little bad, exploiting the nature-generosity of Islam. Anway i sat in with my pack and read in my english Quran. After the evening prayer, a kurdish guy came up and i told him my story, etc. He gave me 50 Lira and hooked me up with his kurdish friends whom i stayed with for two days, cooking and serving Cay for me constantly, while playing chess. It was so nice of them!
I have stayed with several families in Hungary, Romania, Turkey and Syria, but never have i been treated better then in Turkey and Syria! Great people.
Sorry for the long post - i got carried away
ps. It would be cool to meet up - lets keep in cantact and see how far we are in a few months.