Recently we went to Aydin to buy a new printer. The previous one refused to work shortly after we installed the new print cartridges. Whilst we were in Aydin we experienced two instances of officials not knowing the rules, and both of them had commendable attitudes to sorting the issues out.
First was a bus driver. There are municipal buses in Aydin which take you anywhere on their route for the princely sum of 1.5 lira. We were on the bus between the train station and Forum (a mall). A youngish man got on with a document which he believed made him exempt from paying the fare. The driver looked sceptical. He had never seen such a document before. So he phoned a friend. The document was cleared and the young man travelled for free.
Later we went to visit the excellent archaeological museum which is just opposite the Forum. We showed our Muze Kart. We were asked if we were Turkish Nationals as, according to the man in the ticket office, only Turkish Nationals are entitled to a Muze Kart. Hilary explained that there was a new law which meant we could have Muze Kart if we have an Ikamet. He looked sceptical. But he looked the rules up in some papers he had on the desk and, sure enough, in we went without paying. He seemed happy enough to have learned something new.
We were asked not to take photographs. We would never use flash within a museum in any case, but it’s a pity we have no photographs to show you. The museum is really impressive. The finds are mostly from Tralleis, Magnesia, Alinda, Nysa, Alabanda and Ortasia. It’s only been open since the end of August but we would recommend it to anyone with an interest in archaeology. There is a wonderful, wonderful marble statue of Pan and a fascinating Hittite bronze. Outside there are two lions, one in the Roman style, the other strictly oriental. A wonderful touch.