A loong cycling journey from Brooklyn to Jorusalom, where the O’s are bicycle wheels, continued into Egypt, 1st to the climate conference COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, on to the pyramids in Giza, Abusir and Saqqara and then up the Nile soourcewards.


! Greetings from Cyprus!

To Mağusa!

Yesterday was a day full of adventures and moments that the future hung in the balance. And last night i found myself on a ship that was going to Cyprus.

Only for four hours the engine did not work. Finally at 2 am we departed. And i slept on the deck intermittently (napshotwise) while eyeing the stars of the milkyway.

The Dutch Foreign Service does not inform one that only a period of 90 days out of a 180 can be spent without extra permits So when i had checked this in Izmir 3 months ago, i innocently proceeded.

I am grateful for good help from the consulate in Marmaris and from the Turkish Embassy in The Netherlands. Yet until the last moment things were in the balance.

Yesterday i had apparently reached the limit and could have been deported. Grace spared me.

Also i had to test for antigen covid and was inside a Turkish hospital for this. Negative result meant positive on going.

Finally i had apparently booked a ticket from a town 100 km back, for which i would have had to take a bus, from the busstation, 5 km climbing from the harbour.

Luckily it could be changed to a ticket on a cargoship from Mersin to Mağusa (Famagusta) taking passengers. It would only take 15 minutes..i waited for almost 3 hours before i finally got the ticket, one reason being an electricity black-out on Cyprus.

So there i was with at least fifty other passengers for the 110 km trip, that finally happened.

Bye Turkey

Mersin afternoon y’day

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