Vangölü Express Took Me Enjoying Visual Feast of Turkey
Winter almost comes to an end as I could feel the spring is in the air. Winter break holiday was over for two weeks now, but I still remember clearly the short trip I had to East Turkey. Having train ride was my main intention to travel to the east. As recommended by my Turkish friends, using train from east to Ankara will give me chances to see more other part of Turkey all at once, if I still don’t have enough time to see them one by one. Therefore, on my way to Ankara, I took Vangölü Express that brought me 24 hours incredible journey to enjoy the visual feast of Turkey.
The rain departed from Tatvan at 7 am in the morning. I took Yatak class, where I could occupy one compartment with another person. Lucky me. It seems there was nobody booked the other chair, which is meant I had the whole compartment for myself.
The compartment is comfortable. It consist two chairs that can be changed into two beds. Table is available to put my belongings, and there’s washbasin that I could use if I wanted to brush my teeth or wash my hands/face. Beside bedsheets and blanket, they also give me slippers. The compartment could be locked from inside. Cafeteria is available with limited choice of food. Therefore, bringing your own drink and food is recommended if you don’t get used to eat the instant food.
When I arrived at the station, the station was still wrapped by the darkness and the cold of thick snows. The route itself passed different kind of cities, such as: Tatvan-Bingol-Elazig-Malatya-Sivas-Kayseri-and Ankara as the last stop. That was amazing to witness the different kind of scennaries along the way. It took me from the snowy land, passing the dry land with mountains in the background, passing Murat River that’s also known as one of main sources of Euphrates River, passing countless tunnels, the dams, village houses and many more. I didn’t let myself to sleep during the day journey since I didn’t want to miss any spectacular views we passed a long the way.
In the middle of the trip, our train stopped at military check point. The military officers came into the train to check passenger documents one by one. So, do not forget to carry your passport with visa or resident permit if you plan to take a ride with this train. The train arrived in Ankara in the next following day. At 8.00 am, the conductor knocked our compartment doors, to remind passengers to get ready since the train will arrive at its last stop in the next one hour. I could say that this trip is the best road trip that I ever had in my entire life. I wish I could do more in my future trips. What about Transiberia? Anyone want to join me?