– The adventures of a solo round the world cyclist –

Day 931 (Turkey Day 10)

With recent days filled with social activity, I gave myself a day off today and just relaxed at home, doing very little besides reading and resting. In lieu of a more comprehensive diary entry, here is a few things I have learned in Van:

  • Military service in Turkey is compulsory and the length of time required is six months for university students/graduates, or 15 months otherwise
  • University students receive 400l per month (AU$105) from the government as a loan, but the university course is free
  • Haircuts cost 15-20l (AU$5)
  • Relationships among the young are generally not very public and sex is uncommon before you’re married
  • Most unmarried people live with their parents and even when in their twenties basically need permission to be out at night
  • Eastern Turkey is far more traditional than western Turkey
  • There are a lot of Kurdish people in eastern Turkey and thus many people here speak both Kurdish and Turkey (neither one particularly well according to them!)

Housemate Yusuf

Accommodation New friend’s house
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 24,662

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