22.8.14

土耳其 - 到步篇 / Arriving Turkey

土耳其在我心中一直是一個神秘的國家,它的神秘是因為對它幾乎毫無認識(如果真是一點都不認識那就是陌生而不是神秘了),對它的印象只有橫跨歐亞和清真寺還有土耳其浴這個名詞。其實這是對伊斯坦堡而不是土耳其的認識。


Turkey has always been a mysterious country to me, it’s because I knew almost nothing about it (had I know nothing at all, then it would only be a strange country to me, not mysterious…).  The only things I knew about Turkey were it situated over Asia and Europe, its mosques and of course the term Turkish bath.  In fact it’s more like an impression of Istanbul, I think…

一手交錢一手交貨的簽證/Nice to do business with Turkish visa official

因為土耳其並非歐盟國家,所以用英國護照進入土耳其是需要簽證的。後來得知香港的特區護照是免簽,可想言知我的心情


It’s because Turkey isn’t part of EU, it isn’t cover by Schengen Agreement.  Therefore British passport holders are required to have a visa for entry.  I later found out there’s no visa requirement for Hong Kong SAR passport holders; I was well gutted…

出發前同事告訢我在土耳其辦落地簽證需要10英鎊現金手續費,所以我留了一些英鎊在錢包中以作準備。


My colleagues reminded me to bring some British pounds as a landing visa costs £10 in cash, so I did.


下機後跟其他乘客步行前往入境通道。突然見到入境通道前有個寫著Visa的窗口,其他乘客中沒有人排這個窗口,所以我是第一個。在裹面的職員問我「Tourist visa?」,我說「Yes」,他跟著說「Passport! 」,我把 passport交給他之後,他在我的passport上貼了一張貼紙,然後對我說「10 pound!」, 當我遞上10 pound後,他把passport交回給我。我打開passport一看,那張貼紙寫著Tourist Visa,  原來落地簽證是這麼樣辦的


After I got off the plane, I walked with other passengers to passport control.  On the way there, I saw there’s a counter with the sign ‘Visa’, everyone just walked past it without stopping, so I didn’t have to queue.  The official said to me “Tourist visa?” and I said “Yes”.  He then said “Passport!” and I handed the passport over to him.  He then put a sticker on and said “10 pound!”.  I gave him £10 cash and he gave me my passport back.  I looked at my passport; the sticker says Multiple Entry Visa.  “I see”, I said to myself “that’s how you do landing visa, nice to do business with you.”

然後在排入境通道時,有不少遊客被送反去排Visa窗口,結果我只排兩次隊(實際上只排了一次),而一大部份的其他遊客則排了三次(passport control, visa, passport control),原來慢慢行是有「著數」的。


Later on when I queued for passport control, I saw many tourists were sent back for visas, so they ended up queuing 3 times (passport control, visa, passport control) where as I only queued twice (actually just once, as I didn’t have to queue for my visa), it seems there’re perks in taking my time.

10鎊「買」回來的簽證/My £10 visa

我是肥羊?/Gary the “mark”

Sabiha Gökçen機場搭巴士去到Taksim Square(位於新城區),再搭電車到Sultanahmet(位於舊城區),太約用了兩小時。因為是夜機,所以去到Sultanahmet時已經是晚上大約十時半。由電車站到我訂的hostel那短短十分鐘的路程,我三次被「好客」的土耳其人邀請我去飲酒,以下是我們的對答:

土耳其人:「你從那裹來?」
我:「從香港/英國來。(看心情而定)
土耳其人:「真巧!我在韓國Daewood打工/我都有英國朋友/我都是遊客,從希臘來的。」
我:「是嗎?」
土耳其人:「這麼巧,不如一起去喝酒吧/我朋友的party!對了,你做什麼工作的?多少錢一個月?」
我:「Sorry,我需要去hostel,趕時間。」
土耳其人:「不打緊,我可以在hostel門口等你。」
我:「


The journey from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Taksim Squire (in new town) then to Sultanahmet (in the old town) took about 2 hours, because it’s a late flight, by the time I got there it was around 10.30 at night.  During the 10 minutes walk from the tram stop at Sultanahmet to my hostel, I was approached by “friendly” Turkish man 3 times separately, inviting me to go for drinks.  The conversations went something like this:

Turkish man: “Where are you from?”
Me: “Hong Kong/England (depending on how I feel)”
Turkish man: “Oh, me too.  I’m working for Daewood in Korean/I have English friends/I’m also a tourist, I come from Greece”
Me: “Really?”
Turkish man: “Of course, my friend.  Why don’t we go for drinks/my friend’s party?  Oh, what is your job? How much do you earn?”
Me: “Sorry, I need to get to my hostel, I’m in a hurry.”
Turkish man: “It’s ok, I can wait for you outside your hostel, then go for a drink.”
Me: “…”


可能是我以小人之心度君子之腹,但以上的對話令我感覺自己是一只可以任意屠宰的大肥羊,很糟糕的一種感覺。

這是一個很普遍的騙局,騙子和酒吧老闆一伙,請陌生遊客去酒吧喝酒,然後送上一張特貴的帳單(可達€400!!)。 騙子告訴你這是正常價,然後和你一人付一半。當你走了之後騙子和老闆對分那€200


我堅持自己去hostel,「好客」的土耳其人可能認為我不太友善,最後離我而去,而我亦落得耳根清靜。我相信直覺,況且「好客的」實在太可疑


Might be I’m just being suspicious, but it just felt wrong, I felt like I was a huge “mark” in the eye of a conman, a pretty rubbish feeling.

Apparently it’s a pretty common con, the conman and bar owner are in it together.  Con man invites an unsuspected tourist for drinks, and the bar owner sends a massive bill (can be up to €400!!).  The conman then tells you it’s the normal price, and splits the bill with you.  Once you’re gone, conman and bar own splits the €200 they got out of you.


I insisted I was going to my hostel, perhaps they thought I wasn’t that friendly, so they left me alone.  I still don’t know if they were just friendly people or conmen, but I trust my feeling and am not sure I really want to find out anyway…

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