In the land of the Turks
26 May 2014
Monday 26 May: Entering the land of the Turks
Today we're going to cross over into Turkey. Some more entertainment this morning in Symi as a few more yachts caught and tangled anchor lines and gave free demonstration on how to use the untangle-hook. The cowards that we are, we waited until they had all cleared and as we prayed fervently to the anchor Gods to spare us, it was our turn to raise our line and head off. Thankfully, this time we did not provide entertainment and we were on our way to Datca in Turkey.
After a 2 hour motor (no wind today, sorry) we arrived in the land of the Turks. Here everything is so organised and orderly, it looks like a country with OCD. Even the houses are lined up quite a contrast after the functioning chaos in Greece (which has become very dear to us).
Once we were berthed in Datca, we had to wait for our Agent to come and take away our papers and passports to arrange our Turkish Transit Log and get us passed through Customs. We then had a visit from the Charter agent to get more papers signed for our charter licence. Business done, we took a stroll around the small town and enjoyed a very nice lunch. Francis then spent the afternoon attempting to install our new SIM cards in the mobiles and internet via a new dongle, not easy when the instructions are all in Turkish. Also, the sales person forgot to mention that you paid for the SIM cards and they come with 0 Turkish Lira (TL) credit on them and that the service to see your mobile's credit was not working at the moment. To make a long and boring story short, it took 5 trips to the phone shop in town before it was all sorted out. Sailing keeps you fit!
After a while Chris had enough of the skipper's mumblings and headed for the beach next door for an evening swim. The sun sets at 8.30 p.m. as in Greece and now that it is warmer the beach is the place to be later in the afternoon. Eventually Francis, still a bit hot under the collar, joined her and we had our first shared swimming session of the year.
The highlight of the day was taking possession of the Turkish transit log, completed by the agent within a couple of hours for the bargain price of 100 Euro plus 2x€60 for the required visa (now only available via the internet). The best 100Euro we spent that day.