NIKKI SOLD FOR 20 CAMELS! FROM THE BAZAAR TO CAMP BAR, OVERLANDERS 1976

MONDAY 18TH OCTOBER, 1976

Bosphorus, Istanbul

Part Two:
Made for a cay shop – (Chris, Nikki, Jan, me and Heidi).  Got lost in back streets, seemed to be cloth factories and shops, with streets teaming with cars and men bent double under loads of bails etc. Eventually found tiny cay shop in arcade – produced a few stools and bought cay and Turkish coffee – place seemed to serve all the shops in the area.

Kept buying all the savouries and sweets that were being sold at street corners – me and Jan the worst culprits!  Made for the bazaar.  Really funny time – blokes haggling for us 4 from Chris!  Nikki was offered 20 camels!  Quite expensive prices – lots of coats, material, jewellery, belts etc.

Found another cay shop!  Then made home in the rush hour with Chris and Nikki.  Everyone dashes for the buses, absolute chaos.  Eventually crammed in one – a fella called Salami told me where to get off.  Then had to waylay a No. 6 mini bus.  Everyone rushes into the street and people in mini buses grab them onto the buses.  Another bloke guided us on, shouting “Schnell, schnell!”

Went to B.P Camp to see if any mail.  Had meal in Camp restaurant – revolting meatballs (probably camp cat!) and cold spaghetti.  Tehran turned up.  Had to say goodbye – others eventually rescued me!
Went up to B.P Camp again because someone said I had a letter up there.  Me and Mark discovered Contiki were there and so stayed and drank with them.  Mostly dull, but driver’s good fun – pretended he was barman – quite a laugh when annoyed people wanted drinks!

Back to our busand had a chat in back with Nikki and Chris.”