Border Town with Syria
The weather was weird yesterday. It was hazy on the drive to where I am now: Nusaybin, the border town with Syria. Then after I arrived, while walking outside around 2:00 P.M. it suddenly became so dark I thought there might be a partial eclipse occuring. What light there was was a peculiar mustardy color. Then it began raining. A power outage kept off most other sources of light.
I was glad I had my camera on me: looking at the photos I shot I would assume they'd had some filter applied if I hadn't taken them, myself.
I'll probably have just two nights in Turkey. I would have crossed directly from Iraq into Syria if the northern border separating those two countries had been open. Instead, I had to dip into Turkey just to make my way through legitimate crossing points. I figure I'll have more time to explore Turkey later on this trip, if I do continue working my way west to Europe without a flight.
If everything does sound calm enough in the region where I'd enter Syria, I'll stroll down to the border crossing--a 5-minute walk from my hotel--after it opens. (It's about 3:00 A.M. as I write this.)
Even then, I'm not sure I'll be admitted to the country. All the on-line travel forums I've been reading make it sound like travelers, even those with their papers in-order, are routinely denied visas on arrival. With the current political climate, who knows how they'll receive me?
Next stop: ???