Yes, of course I came back. But ask me how? I will be writing in this section, what I faced with during my travels as short travel stories. So let’s start the travel stories with my fantastic flight back from Morocco to Turkey.
How I got stuck in Morocco?
As you already know, after 1 year of traveling, I can’t stay still. Forcing my budget to meet my fellow in Morocco whom I met one year ago in America. After 2 weeks instense, dynamic traveling and spending too much time in the buses and having less sleep, now we are in Marrakech again (For Morocco travel tips: http://www.journalofayogini.com/morocco-travel-guide.html). In that Monday, I am going through emotions in between the sadness of ending a wonderful trip and the joy of coming back home again.
My flight is in the evening and for me Marrakech is not a place that I wanna go out. Since I visited the places I wanted to, I just went out for the lunch. When the time comes, I am taking a taxi with a girl from the hostel. We arrange the taxi for 70 Dirham, which is quite good, we’re ok. I’m asking the driver to stop to buy water. Opening my bag, and guess what do I see? My little purse is not there. But I can’t believe what has happened, cause I have never got something stolen or lost. I’m asking the driver to call the hostel. He is stooping to load some credit to his phone (which is the first miracle happened to me in this story). It’s not at the hostel. There are 150 Dirhams of cash (20USD), credit card, debit card. So we decide to move on, I can cancel the cards when I reach the airport. The girls is paying for the taxi, luckily. As soon as I get wifi, I am cancelling my cards. No need for cash or cards, I am going home, right?
My first flight is via Ryanair to Cologne, from there my next flight is via Pegasus to Istanbul. The check-in queue is very long so I announce the situation with sarcasm in social media. While I am telling my bro that I lost my wallet, I encounter with another issue at the check-in desk. So I am skipping the robbery issue to ‘I am not allowed to check-in!!!!’ Yeah, it’s true. Ryanair doesn’t let me go. And the reason is that I don’t have Schengen visa.
By the way, I don’t have Schengen or transit visa for Germany, but I know the embassy rules. So for Turkish citizens, Embassy of Germany only gives transit pass right also to the others with some exclusions like having valid visa for USA, Canada or …. Well, I have valid US visa. However, even if I tell the fact, and show my ticket, they say ‘No’. It seems that Ryanair has a policy that if they don’t transit the person or if the person doesn’t have valid visa for the destination country, they don’t let go. In Turkey, while I was taking my flight to Morocco, my tickets were also seperated and Pegasus Airlines called Belgium, mentioned that I’m coming and also they checked that I have a ticket from Ryanair. So I could take my flight! But for the return, it isn’t happening.
At that moment, so many thoughts pass inside my mind and I feel complicated emotions… Since I traveled for 1 year and nothing happened like this, I assume like I can go everywhere . But no! We have borders, we have bureaucracy. So it doesn’t matter whether you don’t hurt even an ant or not, you have an identity. Who identifies the distinction between races? Do we have a birth right to choose where we were born? But we choose to be the person we want to be, right? Some choose to be good, some choose to be bad… For instance, a German with bad behaviour can enter the borders of %70 of all countries , but an Egypcian has issues to travel the world. So I did know that the world is not fare, but facing it like this hurts…
After all, I start crying:) I go out and smoke 1 cigarette. Why? Don’t know. I ask the security guy for it and he asks me why I am crying and gives me some water. I am gonna stay at the airport obviously, but I’m thinking of how to gather the flight expense. I can’t play an instrument, or perform mime, or juggling… I am a yogini, so I can stay in headstand for a while, right? A new challenge begins.
In the meantime, my brother gets nervous. How come I get stuck in Morocco with no cash?! For him, I am not safe. So he already started searching for direct tickets. He says 400USD, I say no, it’s a lot. Let me calm down and I will take care of it, I say. Starting to search but I am overwhelmed. When the ricket price he searched for starts increasing, he gets mad at me. Says hurry! Anyways when I find one, is gonna tell him to buy it, he says I bought it. For 540USD!!!! So the confirmation mail comes and I get shocked; cause the flight is not direct at all! For 540 USD, I have a ticket for the next day with a layover of 17 hours at Casablanca airport. So I can’t survive at the airport for 24 hours and take the first one and wait for another 17 hours. Yes, the ticket has been bought in a hurry costs me 2 days to get stuck in Morocco. Then, I call the hostel, they welcome me again…
Since I always split my money into two, I look for my real purse inside my backpack and find some dollars. So I exchange them and try to take a cheap taxi. No way! Then I see a European backpacker and offer him to share the taxi. After him listening to my story, he pays for the taxi. I reach Hostel Madrassa , and we laugh at my story together. I ask, which one I should be sorry the most? Getting robbed, missing the flight, getting stuck with almost no cash or having a debt about 540USD… Which one?
This is my story anyhow. I stay at the hostel for free, have breakfast and lunch for free and also take a taxi that Abdu arranged for free. With my little money, I prepare some sandwiches and buy some fruits with me. I am ready mentally to spend the night at the airport now.
18 hours at the airport is not that hard. From time to time I feel like I am in the movie ‘Terminal’. Lying down places to places. And in the morning, in my last 7 hours of waiting, I bum into the Turkish couple that I met at Sahara Desert. They offer me some food and drinks, luckily. Universe is offering me goods:) How lucky I am! Life is like this. Being on the way is great because of this little coincidences and gratitudes.
So Let’s Look at “Things to Pay Attention While Buying a Flight Ticket”
- Look at the rules and regulations before buyign the ticket. Especially when it’s Ryanair.
- Split the cash and valuable stuff. It works.
- Trust people. Robbery comes from them, but help also comes from them.
- No matter what, do your own business.
- Be positive all the time and communicate with others. Communication style may change the story as in mine.
Travel stories never end. So keep in touch:)
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