Day 10. In Erbil I tried to find a flying carpet but indeed it is a fairytale. So I flew in a plane to Amman, Jordan. It is the only way to get to Abu Dhabi. I get closer and closer to @ADSWagenda now!
Arrived at the airport at 6am. Went to my hostel and after just 3 hours of sleep I was picked by a taxi for an interview with Sky News Arabia. I always thought these city backdrops are fake. Interesting to learn.
I only have a day here and really want to see the city but I need to arrange a lot of stuff. Tomorrow morning I want to go to Saudi Arabia and need to find transport. So that’ll keep me busy.
Already spotted a few Nissan Leafs in Amman. I once was told a story that the king of Jordan is a huge Tesla fanboy. He imported a few and also is the only individual in the world who has a private Supercharger. Not sure if this story is true.
I found a bus ticket to Hail in Saudi. Google maps tells me it’s a 800km / 9h drive. The nice people tell me that the bus does it in 12-24 hours. That’s a bit of a window. Inshallah.
Another massive impressive city, Amman.
The Amman Citadel is an impressive site that helps tell the story of this region’s layered heritage. the Citadel dominates one of the seven jebels—or hills—that make up the capital city of Jordan.

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13 Jan
Day 11. In my original plan, I would arrive in Dubai on day 10. I prepared less for plan B, meaning from today I have to wear my underwear inside out. Yes, you're getting all the details.
Now getting ready for the bus Amman - Hail (Saudi Arabia). Step for step I'm getting there. Image
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Funny, the girl who sold my ticket yesterday just came to me to thank me. Apparently she was on trial and her manager saw her speaking English with me yesterday and that got her the job.
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11 Jan
Day 10. I’m in amazing Erbil, Kurdistan.
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*It’s day 9 actually
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9 Jan
Day 7. I’m wearing thermal underwear. Suat is bringing me from Dogubeyazit to the border. I’ve been in Dogu before, and had some problems here, on my way to Australia by EV. Suat already helped me back then. Let’s see if we can enter Iran today. It think my chance is 5%.
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Exited Turkey. Now in the always weird no man’s land. So far so good.
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8 Jan
Good morning! At 8 I was awakened by the morning sun and I haven’t stopped staring outside the Dogu Express since. Incredible landscapes! ImageImageImageImage
UAE newspaper The National also wrote a nice article ahout my trip.…
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7 Jan
Day 5. I’m in Ankara and just did a PCR test for Iran. It’s one of the challenges of travelling in these times.
Now I have some time to see the city. At 17.55 I’m taking the Dogu Express to Erzurum. I think this will be one of the highlights of the trip.
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Unlike in Netherlands where the mentality is: not mandatory to wear a mask? Why do it?
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Good morning. It’s day 4 and I’m in Istanbul. Starting with a delicious Turkish breakfast. Cheese pide and menemeh
Just crossed the Bosphorus Bridge. I’m really in Asia now
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