Apocalypse Not

Solstice-viewSince it was a lovely sunny day we took a walk up to Şirince to see what was going on for the apocalypse partyHigh up on the ridge it was icy in places, butSolstice-trees-and-sun we were wrapped up warm and the semi frozen ground was easier to walk on than the patches of mud.  This is a route we have done a few times, but we managed to find views we had missed before and wSirincee timed it rather well, arriving above the village at around the time when the sun starts to return.  The village looked peaceful enough from high above but could hear horns being blown and a great deal of human noise.

Nearer to the village we could make out the TV vans and the rest of the media circus.  When we finally entered the village it was packed with people, mostly Sirince2local tourists who presumably, like us, had headed there to see what was going on.  We heard one man telling a journalist that he had come from Istanbul, so ‘local’ is a relative term.  Some of the interviewees may have been famous – we are not good at recognising celebrities.  Our neighbour assures us that Tom Cruise will be staying at her house…  It was a bit busier than a regular Sunday in summer, plus there were loads of media with big cameras, loads of police, jandarma, emergency services, and surprisingly few cars.

We did not stay, headed for the dolmuş stop – which had moved and got a very full dolmuş back into Selçuk.  We saw a couple of roadblocks on the way down, most private cars were not being allowed access.  A car park had been created in Selçuk and most people were being made to use it and take the dolmuş.  We think that only villagers, hotel guests, and the media were being allowed to take private vehicles up.

Solstice is over, the sun is now coming back.  Nothing much happened.  We guess tonight there will be a party up in Şirince, the villagers make wine and have produced a special fortified version for the event.  We hear that the police have now stopped letting people up the road to Şirince, our friends in Zirve Dağcilik were turned back despite having organised their trip some weeks ago.   Arrangements had to be changed several times to fit in with Jandarma requirements and, in the end, they were not able to go.  We were asked how we got there – we explained that we had walked the back way (starting out well before noon).  Şirince is a small village and can only take so many, it must be full up there.  We guess there will be some apocalyptic hangovers in the morning.


10 responses to “Apocalypse Not

  1. All a bit of a wt sqib then.

  2. How funny! The world is still here. Bet it was fun still to see all the hoopla going on.

    • Well to date all predictions of apocalypse throughout history have been 100% wrong. I’d have thought that after so may failed predictions people would give up on making new ones.

  3. . . what a hoot! Bit like the real apocalypse; global warming and sea level rise – all the plebs who try to escape to safety will be turned back at the borders. I guess this was Turkey’s practice run! 😉

  4. Hi hope you are both ok .soon be in turkey and looking forward to seeing you.what day would be best to meet up,and where,we can find our way to the wine village and I’m sure I sure the signs of the village where you live. But are great for getting lost ha ha. We are out on the 26th having to fly to Istanbul then on to bodrom so a bit of a challenge but it’s all part of the fun. Annette. Rob.

    Sent from my iPad

    • The way to Sirince is signposted from Selcuk and there is no other road going up there. We can meet in Selcuk either before or after you go to Sirince. Selcuk is a small town so finding each other should not be a problem. Just let us know the day (though we are busy on 26th) and time and we’ll fix somewhere easy for you.

  5. Hi there! I had read that Tom Cruise was heading to Şirince, bless his cottone socks! Hope he had a good time! Anyway, here we all are, still standing, … honestly, what a hullabaloo!!! Wishing you both a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS if I don’t get back to you before!

    • Yes, Tom Cruise, also rumoured to be a Japanese Princess visiting. We are sure a lot of people had a lot of fun in Sirince. By evening we were back at home in the warm, it was below freezing at night up there – not our idea of comfort.

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