So, my next adventure is already booked and paid for (well, the permits are anyway) and now it all looks a little dubious.
I am supposed to be walking up Mt Ararat and flying my paraglider back down...it is a significant hill clocking in at 5165m and since it is a stand alone kinda mountain it is pretty damn impressive (click here for a pic from my old blog).
A few days ago three German tourists were kidnapped by the PKK (Kurdish workers union) from the 1st base camp as they were climbing the mountain... The Turks have closed the mountain, so, maybe i wont be climbing it in 5 weeks time after all.
It seems that the PKK are protesting the German government shut down a pro-PKK TV station in Germany - i imagine if i were kidnapped, when they find out i am from NZ i would get the standard response i get from everyone
"oh, i love New Zealand i want to live/move/visit there one day - how do i get a visa?"
I would then spend the next ten minutes listening to how wonderful NZ is, how wonderful Lord of the Rings was, and how much they want to visit...
23 February 2016 A lady of leisure
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